Andrews, George Whitfield


Organist, composer, teacher and conductor. Resides at Oberlin, Ohio. Born January 19, 1861, at Wayne, Ohio. Went to Oberlin in 1867. Graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1879. Taught music privately at Meadyille, Pa., 1879-1881 and began there his career as church and concert organist. Was organist at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Toledo, Ohio, 1881-1882. In the fall of 1882 he became a member of the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Studied organ, counterpoint and composition in Germany and France 1884-1886, with Papperitz and Jadassohn in Leipsic, Rheinberger at Munich and Guilmant at Paris. Went to Paris again in 1898 and studied a year with Guilmant on the organ and D'Indy in orchestration. He was made Hon. A.M. in 1900 and Doctor of Music in 1903 by Oberlin College. Professor Andrews is at present teacher of composition and organ playing in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has composed valuable works for the organ, for other instruments and for the voice. He is also organist at the Second Congregational Church of Oberlin. He is a concert organist of a national reputation, his repertory covering the entire range of organ composition. He has made many successful concert tours in all parts of the United States. Since 1900 he has been conductor of the Oberlin Musical Union and under his leadership the performances by this society of the greatest choral works are attracting wide attention.