1858-1941

October 28, 1858, Llangynwyd, Glamorganshire, Wales (birth name: Taliesen Morgan).

June 1941, after a heart attack at his daughter Edith’s house in New York.

Glenwood Cemetery, West Long Branch, New Jersey.

One of 19 children of Thomas Llyfnwy Morgan and Gwenllian Beven Morgan, Tali attended schools in Maesteg, and held an apprenticeship with a printer. He settled with his family in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1876, for three years. Though very young, he published a Welsh-interest newspaper, The Cambro-American, while there.

In 1897, Morgan directed choirs for a summer concert at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The following year, he became the resort’s musical director. As musical director, he worked with visiting artists such as Enrico Caruso, John Phillip Sousa, Lillian Nordica, and Louise Homer. He was responsible for a thousand-voice children’s chorus, and a 63-piece orchestra.

Morgan oversaw the purchase and installation of the Robert Hope-Jones organ in Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium in 1908. He composed the Storm Fantasia for the Hope-Jones organ, and the piece played regularly in the Great Auditorium for many years.

Morgan continued as musical director at Ocean Grove until 1915. He was also music director at the Second Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He conducted the New York Festival Chorus, and was president of the International Correspondence School of Music.

After Ocean Grove, Morgan co-directed the Asbury Park Summer School in 1917. In 1919, he conducted a large girls’ chorus at the Baptist Temple in Brooklyn, New York.

Morgan composed or arranged many works for choral performance. His works include:

  1. Under His Wings

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