Dale Wood (composer)

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Dale Wood was a renowned composer, organist, and choral director best known for his church music compositions. He was born on February 13, 1934, in Glendale, California and died April 13, 2003. Wood began writing compositions at a young age. When he was 13 years old, he won a national hymn-writing contest for the American Lutheran Church.[1][2]


  • Contributing editor to the Journal of Church Music
  • Headed the publication committee of the Choristers Guild from 1970 to 1974
  • Music director at the Grace Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco from 1973–1974
  • Editor for The Sacred Music Press from 1975–1996
  • Editor emeritus of The Sacred Music Press from 1996–2001
  • Exemplar Medallion from California Lutheran University in 1993


  • Hemidemisemiquavers ... and other such things. Dayton, Ohio: Heritage Music Press. 1989. ISBN 0893281034. OCLC 20070672. LCCN 88-83507
  • The Essential Dale Wood: 40 Classic Hymn Tune Settings for Organ. Dayton, OH: Lorenz Publishing Company. 2014. ISBN 978-1429130011.


  1. ^ Welsh, James (December 27, 2003). "Dale Wood, An American Original". Palo Alto, California. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Our Composers: Dale Wood". Dallas, TX: Choristers Guild. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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