Ernest Douglas

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Ernest Douglas, organist, author, was born April 10, 1864, in Mansfield, Ohio.

In 1897-1903 he was organist and director of music in St. John's Theological School at Cambridge, Mass. Organist and choir- master St. Paul's Pro- Cathedral, Los Angeles, Cal., and director of the Los Angeles Choral Society.

He is the author of Method of Organ Playing; Exercises for Training the Boy's Voice, and other works

Cambridge Chronicle, 1899
And now a few words about Mr. Ernest Douglas, who is not only known here for his work as a church musician, but who has a reputation In many cities of the country for his work as a recital organist. He Is a native of Mansfield, Ohio, and received his early education In that city He came to Boston In 1887, where he began to make a serious study of the organ, and for some years was a pupil of S. B. Whitney. In 1892. he went to Berlin, for general music study, and from there he went to England, where for a

time he was a pupil of J. Frederick Bridge, organist of Westminster Abbey. He returned to this country In 1895, and since then has resided In Cambridge, his musical headquarters being in Steinert hall, Boston, since that building was erected in 1396. One of his first positions as organist was at St. Mary's Dorchester, afterwards coming to St. James's church, this city, at the time, or soon after, that the present edifice was consecrated. He remained here until he went to Germany, which was about three years. After his return, Mr. Douglas was for a time organist of Christ church, Fitchburg, Mass., but is now organist of St. John's Memorial chapel, of this city. where he has been somewhat over two years. His work as a choirmaster and trainer of boys will not be considered here, as this article touches upon the work of the organist mainly. Mr. Douglas is. as far as known, one of the few organists of this vicinity who has made a reputation for recitals, as well as for church work. He has given many notable programs of organ music, in the leading cities of the East, and In the West, as far as Chicago, besides giving several during his Berlin residence. His style of Interpretation is thoroughly individual, while combining at the same time the general dignity of manner and technical surety, noticeable In the best organists of the English school who have been heard here. Much may be expected from him during the years that are to come

Ernest Douglas died in 1957.

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