April 12, 1889, Swaburg, Nebraska.

May 31, 1927, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Union Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota.


One of seven children born to an itinerant Swedish Lutheran minister, Alexis dedicated his life to the music of the church as an organist, composer, arranger, singer and choral conductor.

His early studies and positions led him from Rock Island, Illinois, to Ishpeming, Michigan, to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he studied at the University School of Music and served as organist at the First Lutheran Church (1911–14). During this time, he traveled America and Sweden with three of his four brothers as the Alexis Male Quartet. They gave concerts that included vocal solos, duets and quartets; organ, piano and flute works, as well as dramatic recitations. His studies in organ, voice and composition continued at the Royal Musical Conservatory in Stockholm, Sweden, after which he returned to America for a church organist post in New Britain, Connecticut.

In 1916, he accepted the position of organist and choirmaster at First Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he and his wife, Olga Maria Grund of Ishpeming, Michigan, raised their three children. In addition to his duties at First Lutheran, he served as professor of music at the Minnesota College’s School of Music, and at Phalen Luther Seminary. Gerhard also taught privately and performed publicly throughout the American Midwest as an organist and singer. He was a member of the St. Paul Federation of Lutheran Brotherhood’s Male Quartet, and was a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists.

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