|Died||1798 age 59
|Occupation(s)||church musician, composer|
William Selby (1738–1798) was an early American composer, organist and choirmaster. Born in England, he emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts. In 1774 he became the organist at Trinity Church, Newport. Three years later, Selby became organist at King's Chapel in Boston where he organized the first colonial music festival.
In addition to his musical endeavors, he managed a grocery and liquor shop.
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