Woodman, Raymond Huntington



Contemporary American organist and composer; since 1880 organist and choirmaster at the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in Brooklyn, received his education in the public schools and at the College of the City of New York, left the College in his junior year to devote himself to music. He served as assistant to his father, who was organist and choirmaster at St. George's Church, Flushing, Long Island. From 1879 to 1880 was organist at Christ Church, Norwich, Connecticut, the latter year accepting the post in Brooklyn. His early musical training was received from his father; he studied four years under Dudley Buck. In Paris studied improvisation and composition under Cesar Franck. He served as music-editor of the New York Evangelist from 1894 to 1897, in 1894 was appointed professor of music at Packer Collegiate Institute, is exwarden and fellow of the American Guild of Organists. His compositions include numerous songs, popular part-songs, works for piano and organ, cantatas and anthems.