Harry Benjamin Jepson

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Harry Benjamin Jepson
Born August 16, 1870
New Haven, Connecticut
Died August 23, 1952(1952-08-23) (aged 82)
Noank, Connecticut
Spouse(s) Isabella James

Harry Benjamin Jepson (1870–1952) was an American organist and composer and (starting in 1906) the first University Organist of Yale.[1]

Jepson studied at Yale under Horatio Parker and Gustave Stoeckel, earning a B.A. in 1893 and a B.M. in 1894. He then studied in Paris under Charles Marie Widor and Louis Vierne. He was appointed instructor at Yale in 1895, eventually rising to a full professorship in 1907.[2]

Among his students were Edward Shippen Barnes and Seth Bingham.

Yale's Harry B. Jepson Memorial Scholarship is named after him, and he oversaw the design and construction of the renowned Newberry Memorial Organ in Yale's Woolsey Hall.


  1. ^ "A New Endowment to Secure the Future of The Newberry Memorial Organ / Woolsey Hall" Accessed June 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "Selected Compositions of Harry Benjamin Jepson; Misc. Ms. 216" (description of holding at Yale library). Accessed April 19, 2015.