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St. Paul’s Chapel

The Columbia University Quarterly VII/1 (December, 1904)

Columbia University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library


Since the dedication of St. Paul’s Chapel in February 1906, this resonant and beautiful space has been the scene of numerous recitals and concerts. Lowell P. Beveridge, a member of the Department of Music faculty, developed a highly regarded mixed-voice Chapel Choir during his term as Organist and Director of Chapel Music from 1937 to 1952. From 1952 to 1971, Beveridge’s successor as Organist and Director of Chapel Music, M. Searle Wright, brought the Chapel Choir to prominence with concerts that were knows for rarely performed works by twentieth-century composers.


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