Robert Elmore

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Robert H. Elmore
BornJan 2, 1913 [1]
Known fororgan virtuoso, teacher, composer

Robert Elmore (1913-1985) was an American composer, organist, pianist who was active in Philadelphia during the mid 20th century and who wrote some organ pieces that are included in recitals today.[2]

Early life[edit]

Robert Elmore was born on January 2, 1913 in Ramapuram, Chennai, India where his parents were missionaries. The family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1918 where Elmore began studying piano at age 6 and organ at age 9. His first composition was written at age 11.

In 1925 the family relocated once again to Wayne, Pennsylvania where Elmore was to live at 130 Walnut Avenue until his death in 1985[citation needed]. Shortly thereafter he began study with famed organist and composer Pietro Yon who was then organist and music director at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. Yon was sufficiently impressed with Elmore's abilities to have referred to him as "the foremost American organist of the day".

Professional assignments[edit]

While still in his teens Elmore was appointed organist at the Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA (1925-1933). He also performed as a theatre organist at the Lincoln, Bryn Mawr Seville and Anthony Wayne theaters. The influence of classical, church and theatre music merged with his natural virtuosity and a sense of the theatricality to create a uniquely personal compositional style.


  1. ^ Basile, Salvatore (2010). Fifth Avenue Favorites, the extraordinary story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral (First ed.). New York, New York: Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0-8232-3187-4.
  2. ^ 2 Hours of music by Robert Elmore presented by America Public Media's Pipedreams

3. Robert Elmore website