Luther Orlando Emerson

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Luther Orlando Emerson (3 August 1820 - 29 September 1915) was an American musician, composer and music publisher.


Emerson was born in Parsonsfield, Maine, on August 3, 1820,[1] to Luther Emerson and Elizabeth Usher. He attended Parsonsfield Seminary and Effingham Academy, originally planning to be a doctor.[2][3] Later he studied music under Isaac Woodbury. He taught for eight years in Salem, Massachusetts. He then served as organist and musical director in various churches in Massachusetts, and was the director of about 300 musical festivals and conventions.

Emerson died September 29, 1915,[1] and is buried in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[citation needed]


Emerson compiled several collections of church music, including "The Romberg Collection" (1853); "The Golden Wreath" (1857); "The Golden Harp" (1858); "The Sabbath Harmony" (1860); "The Harp of Judah" (1863); "Merry Chimes" (1865); "Jubilate" (1866); "Choral Tribute" (1869); "Emerson's Vocal Melody" "The Voice of Worship" (1879); "Anthems of Praise (1886); and "Jehovah's Praise" (1887). The tune "Sessions" is one of his most enduring.


  1. ^ a b "Luther Orlando Emerson". Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Gale. 2001. Retrieved 10 October 2022.
  2. ^ The New Century Hymnal Companion (Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 1998), hymn 425.
  3. ^ "Luther Orlando Emerson". Retrieved 2019-01-31.


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