Lowell Mason

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Birthday
8, 1792
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Aug 11, 1872 (80)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
8, 1792
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Aug 11, 1872 (80)

About

Remembered as both a music educator and a composer of hymns, this nineteenth-century musician helped establish the Boston Academy of Music and was responsible for the popular musical setting of the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb," as well as for much-loved arrangements of the Christian hymns "Nearer, My God, to Thee" and "Joy to the World."

Before Fame

He took his first church music director position when he was only seventeen years old.

Trivia

While in charge of music at New York City's Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, he initiated the now-widespread practice of organ-accompanied, congregational hymn singing.

Family Life

He spent his early years in Medfield, Massachusetts, and later lived and worked in Savannah, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; and New York, New York. His children, Lowell, Jr. and Daniel, also pursued music careers.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of fellow hymn writer John Goss.