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New York City, New York, 1950s-early 1960s.
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October 27, 2015:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, October 27, 2015. —

Ernest F. White. Organist, choirmaster, organ designer, teacher, born London, Ontario, Canada June 20, 1901, died Fairfield, Connecticut, September 21, 1980; honorary Fellow RCCO 1977.

Ernest White studied organ at the Toronto Conservatory of Music after 1920 with Ernest MacMillan and Healey Willan and was organist for a short time at Howard Park Methodist Church and Alhambra Ave United Church in Toronto. He moved to New York in 1926 for lessons with Lynnwood Farnam and was acclaimed for his performance at the St Louis Organists' Convention in 1927. He was organist-choirmaster 1927-35 at St James Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, and 1935-37 at Trinity Church, Lenox, Mass. For 25 years (1937-62) he was associated with the Church of St Mary the Virgin, New York, first as organist, then as music director. While there, it was his custom to give two series of organ recitals each year.

White also became tonal director for the organ builder M.P. Möller, of Hagerstown, Maryland, designing and supervising installations in the United States and Canada, including those in New York at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, St George's Episcopal Church, and the Interchurch Center Chapel. The St Mary organ was purchased in 1947 by Gordon Jeffery for Aeolian Hall, London, Ontario, and was transferred to the London site under White's supervision.

He was organist-choirmaster 1963-70 at the Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis, then at St. Joan of Arc Church there, and from 1973 at St George's Church, Bridgeport. He gave over 1000 organ recitals featuring both old and modern repertoire. He was noted also for his trail-blazing editions of early organ music and for his recordings, among which was the first issued of Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur.


  • H. William Hawke, "Ernest F. White" The Canadian Encyclopedia, accessed October 27, 2015 (On-line, Published 02/02/09, Last Edited 12/16/13).

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October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Organist in New York City, New York; with M.P. Möller firm of Hagerstown, Maryland, 1950s-early 1960s, special consultant.


  • The American Organist March 1990 (New York: American Guild of Organists), 57.


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