George Whiting


Biography of George Whiting

George Elbridge Whiting (September 14, 1840 – October 14, 1923) was an American composer of classical music.

Born in Holliston, Massachusetts, he founded the Beethoven Society in Hartford, Connecticut when he was fifteen years old. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1862 and later to New York City. Whiting was a student of George Washbourne Morgan. He went to Liverpool, England, and studied with William Thomas Best. He later studied in Berlin with Robert Radecke and others.

Whiting worked in various positions in Albany, New York and Boston. He succeeded John Henry Willcox as organist and choir master at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on the south side of Boston, where he composed his masses in C minor, F minor, and Eb major.

In 1874, Whiting became organist of the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1878 he went to the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whiting was also for a time head of the organ department in the New England Conservatory.

Whiting died in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of 83.

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