1820–1915
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Au­gust 3, 1820, Par­sons­field, Maine.

Sep­tem­ber 29, 1915, Hyde Park, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Mt. Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Emerson was the son of Lu­ther Em­er­son and Eliz­a­beth Ush­er, husband of Mary Jane Gove, and father of Eliz­a­beth Em­er­son.

He attended the Par­sons­field Sem­in­ary and Ef­fing­ham Acad­e­my. He originally planned to be a doctor, but his love for music persuaded him to pursue a career as a musician.

He studied under Isaac Wood­bu­ry, a popular teacher at the time. After several years of study in voice, piano, and organ, he moved to Sa­lem, Mas­sa­chu­setts, began teach­ing, and took charge of his first choir, at the salary of $100 per year.

By 1853, he felt confident enough of his abilities to show his music to the public. The Rom­berg Col­lection was subsequently published, but found little market.

After eight years in Sa­lem, Em­er­son moved to Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, accepting the position of organist and musical director at the Bul­finch Street Church. In 1857, he became associated with the Ol­iv­er Dit­son publishers in Bos­ton.

Eventually, Find­lay College in Ohio awarded Em­er­son the degree of Doctor of Music. He became music director for the college in 1891.

Emerson’s works in­clude:

  1. Ar Hyd Y Nos
  2. Ascription
  3. Crawford
  4. Malone
  5. Redeemer
  6. Sessions
  7. Theron