Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: John Wright Harvey

Magazine article The American Organist

OBITUARIES: John Wright Harvey

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John Wright Harvey, 90 years old, December 31, 2009. "Organ - my hobby, my work, my play, my vocation, my recreation. Recital work a specialty." So wrote Harvey on a faculty information sheet in 1961. He went on to list "Carillon (and bells of all sorts) - a lifelong interest." These dual interests defined his 24 years as professor of music at the University of WisconsinMadison, a career that began in 1960 and ended with his retirement in 1984. He taught organ and carillon to students from freshman level to doctoral candidates. He gave frequent carillon recitals, and in 1970 gave three performances initiating Austin's Opus 2498 in the university's Eastman Recital Hall.

Born in Marion, Ind., in 1919, Harvey began piano study at age eight, trombone at 14, and organ at 15. In 1941, he was awarded a bachelor of music degree - in absentia, since he was stationed aboard a destroyer in the Battle of Midway. While in the Navy, Harvey served as musician, signalman, and quartermaster. He survived the loss of the USS Atlanta, which sank off Guadalcanal in 1942. Following the war, he received a bachelor's degree in music education from Oberlin in 1946 and a master's from the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in 1952. Harvey's thesis was on the history and development of the organ in the chapel at West Point. Before moving to Madison he served the First Presbyterian Church in Englewood, N.J.; Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Middletown, N. Y.; Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii; and National City Christian Church in Washington, DG. …

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