American organist; born in Cincinnati. Was a pupil of the College of Music there, and later of the Leipsic Conservatory, and also studied with R. Hoffman in composition, and voice with Frau Unger-Haupt, and in London was a pupil of Turpin, Behnke and Shakespeare. For a time after finishing his studies with the last three, Sterling was organist at the West London Tabernacle. Since 1887 he has been head of the organ department and teacher of singing and composition in the Cincinnati College of Music. He took part at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1903 in various organ recitals, improvising as well as giving selections from the classics.