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Early life and career
Born in Holliston, Massachusetts, he founded the Beethoven Society in Hartford, Connecticut when he was fifteen years old. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1862 and later to New York City. Whiting was a student of George Washbourne Morgan. He went to Liverpool, England, and studied with William Thomas Best. He later studied in Berlin with Robert Radecke and others.
Whiting worked in various positions in Albany, New York and Boston. He succeeded John Henry Willcox as organist and choir master at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on the south side of Boston, where he composed his masses in C minor, F minor, and Eb major.
In 1874, Whiting became organist of the Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1878 he went to the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whiting was also for a time head of the organ department in the New England Conservatory.
Whiting died in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of 83.
His compositions include:
- mass in C minor (1872)
- mass in F minor (1874)
- mass in F minor (undated)
- "Dream Pictures" (1874)
- "The Tale of the Viking" (1878)
- Leonora (1893 opera)
- three cantatas
- some pieces for orchestra
- and several songs.
- music for the organ
He wrote several published texts, including:
- "The Organist" (Boston, 1870)
- "The First Six Months on the Organ" (Boston, 1871).
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