Born: September 12, 1768, London, England.
Died: May 24, 1831, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After studying music under Samuel Arnold and Charles Wesley II, Carr emigrated to America in 1794, setting up music publishing businesses in Philadelphia and New York City. He founded Carr’s Musical Repository, thought to be the first music store in Philadelphia.
His 1794 Federal Overture marked the first American printing of Yankee Doodle and Hail Columbia. His 1796 The Archers, or the Mountaineers of Switzerland, based on the story of Swiss national hero William Tell, is one of the first American operas of which pieces still survive.
He also played the organ at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and, beginning in 1801, was music director at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia.