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Harry Rowe Shelley

Born: Jun 8, 1858

Death: Sep 12, 1947

Birthplace: New Haven

Nationality: United States

Harry Rowe Shelley

Date of Birth : Jun 8, 1858
Date of Death : Sep 12, 1947
Birth Place : New Haven

Harry Rowe Shelley was an American composer, organist, and professor of music. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Shelley studied with Gustave J. Stoeckel at Yale College, Dudley Buck, Max Vogrich, and Antonin Dvorak in New York, and completed his musical education in London and Paris. According to his New York Times obituary, Shelley "penned church music that won him wide popularity. For sixty years a host of English-speaking peoples throughout the world sang his hymns." Shelley attended Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, Connecticut and at fourteen played the organ at Center Church on the Green in New Haven. Although he entered Yale, he did not complete his freshman year. Shelley was organist at the Church of the Pilgrims during the ministry of Henry Ward Beecher and played at his funeral. Shelley died at age 89 in Short Beach, Connecticut. Positions held 1878–1881 — Organist, Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn 1881–1887 — Organist, Plymouth Church 1887–1899 — Organist, Church of the Pilgrims 1899–1914 — Organist, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, New York, which later became Park Avenue Baptist and eventually Riverside Church

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