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John Howard Allen.
Native of New Jersey, N.Y., organist at First Presbyterian Church, Bay City.

1894 biography. (Added Mar., 2009)

Educators of Michigan, Biographical Sketches and Portraits,
of the Teaching Profession, 1894


The subject of this sketch, was born in Jersey City, N. J., and at a very early age removed to Coxsackie, N. Y., a small town on the Hudson River, N. Y., where he lived until he came to manhood. His love for music displayed itself at an early age and was manifested in various ways, but his “bent” was always that king of instruments, the pipe organ. When about twelve years of age he took his first lessons in piano playing of the local teachers and received the elements of a good musical education. These first lessons after a time were followed by some instruction on the pipe organ under Prof. S. B. Belding, of Albany, N. Y. These earlier lessons only whetted his appetite for more, and so when Mr. Allen was twenty-one years old he had an opportunity to study under some of the best teachers. He was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music two years, taking organ under Geo. E. Whiting, piano and harmony under S. A. Emery. Returning home Mr. Allen devoted himself to piano teaching and church work. Three years after he was called to take charge of the organ in the Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown, N. Y., where he remained three years and eight months. This was succeeded by a call to the head of the musical department of the Ft. Edward Collegiate Institute, Ft. Edward, N. Y., where he remained one year. After a time Mr. Allen became organist of an Episcopal Church in Albany, N. Y., where he remained over three years. This was succeeded by short residences in Ann Arbor and Saginaw, Mich. The offer of a fine, large organ and charge of a good choir by the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, Mich., in 1892, induced Mr. Allen to take up his residence in Bay City permanently, where he is at present engaged in teaching. He has charge of a fine quartet choir and has a large and beautiful organ with all the latest modern improvements. This was placed in the beautiful stone edifice erected by the society, dedicated to the service of God, in June, 1893. Mr. Allen is a believer of Americans studying music in America.

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John H. Allen

Related Pages:
First Presbyterian Ch.
People Referenced
Allen, John H. (subject)
Belding, S. B. Prof.
Emery, S.A.
Whiting, Geo. E.
Subjects Referenced
Albany, NY
Ann Arbor, MI
Bay City, MI
Coxsackie, NY
Episcopal Ch, NY
First Presbyterian, BC
Ft. Edward, NY
Ft. Edward Collegiate Inst.
Hudson River, NY
Jersey City, NJ
New Eng. Conserv. Music
Presbyterian Ch, NY
Saginaw, MI
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