Hall, Henry Walter


An unusually successful choral conductor and trainer of choir-boys; was born in London, England. After four years' study at the Royal Academy of Music, he came to America in 1883, and became identified with the boy choir movement in this country. He has been organist successively at St. Luke's Church, Germantown, Pa., St. Peter's Church, Albany, N. Y., and St. James' Church, New York, which last position he still holds. He is also organist and choirmaster of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where the Musurgia, which he has conducted for the past seven years, has recently been merged in the Cathedral Festival Choir. He founded the Brooklyn Oratorio Society in 1893, and has led this organization in performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Liszt's St. Elizabeth and other oratorios. As a composer, he is represented by a Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B flat, a service in G; a festival communion; and a Te Deum and Jubilate in C. He wrote Essentials of Choir-Boy Training.