Seth Bingham

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Seth Daniels Bingham (April 16, 1882 – June 21, 1972), was an American organist and prolific composer.


He was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He studied at Yale University, gaining a B.A. in 1904. Taking time to also study in Paris,[1] he earned his B.Mus. from Yale in 1908, and subsequently taught theory, composition and organ[1] at Yale from 1908–1919. Beginning in 1913 he was organist and choirmaster at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, a position he held until his 1951 retirement.[1] He was an associate professor at Columbia University from 1920–1954, and lectured at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary from 1953–1965.


Works composed include orchestral, choral, and chamber music, but most of his compositions have been for organ.[1]

  • Suite for Organ "Baroques"[1] Op. 41 (1944), dedicated to E. Power Biggs.
    • 1. Overture
    • 2. Rondo Ostinato
    • 3. Sarabande
    • 4. Rhythmic Trumpet
    • 5. Voluntary


  1. ^ a b c d e Gleason, Harold. "Seth Bingham". American Organ Music (LP Record). Catharine Crozier. Rochester, New York: Kendall Recording Corporation. LP 2555. 

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