1858–1941

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

June 30, 1941, Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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 Phil­ip 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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