Born: May 5, 1867, Bath, Eng­land.

Died: May 4, 1953, Rock­port, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Beech Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Rock­port, Mas­sa­chu­setts.



Tertius was the hu­sband of Me­ri­el Maude Stubbs.

He stu­died at the Roy­al Col­lege of Mu­sic (RCM) with Charles Stan­ford and oth­ers. He be­came a fel­low of the RCM in 1905.

He served as a church or­gan­ist in Cam­bridge and Col­ches­ter, then moved to Ely Ca­thed­ral in 1892 as or­gan­ist and choir­mas­ter.

In 1898, he went to York Min­ster, where he found­ed the York Sym­pho­ny Or­ches­tra, di­rect­ed the York Mu­sic­al So­cie­ty, con­duct­ed the York Pa­geant, and re­vived the York Mu­sic­al Fes­tiv­al af­ter a lapse of 75 years.

He be­came an hon­or­ary fel­low of the Roy­al Col­lege of Or­gan­ists in 1905.

In 1913, he moved to New York Ci­ty, where he was or­gan­ist at St. Tho­mas’ Epis­co­pal Church, and es­tab­lished its choir school and a boys’ choir.


He wrote a wide range of mu­sic, but on­ly his ser­vic­es, an­thems and hymn tunes are still per­formed re­gu­lar­ly.

In ad­di­tion to com­pos­ing, he wrote about mu­sic edu­ca­tion, helped ed­it the 1916 Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal hym­nal, and served on the mu­sic com­mit­tee that pre­pared its 1940 suc­cess­or.