George B. Nevin

George Nevin was born in 1850, at Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

He was educated in the public schools and in the Cumberland Valley State Normal School.

In 1883 he went to Lafayette College.

He studied music principally with Miss Julia E. Crane. Miss Crane had been the pupil of many of the foremost teachers of the day and was for some time under the tuition of Manuel Garcia, the famous voice teacher. Her educational work was a potent factor in the musical life of America.

Under Miss Crane’s instruction George Nevin developed his baritone voice and studied choir conducting and choral work. At the same time he was privately pursuing his studies in harmony and composition.

George Nevin’s practical work as a conductor, organizer of singing societies and as a church singer led him to a realization of the requirements of church and choral music. He also appreciated the fact that much of the church music sung in choirs was mediocre and unsuited to the religious needs of the churches in his day. Consequently he devoutly endeavored to supply the needs of the choir loft and was successful in a manner far beyond his original hopes. In this he was greatly assisted by his wife who wrote the words to some of his best known compositions.

His music is melodius and always singable. Some of his secular compositions also met with wide popular favor.

Among many of George Nevin’s successful works are:

  • Come All Ye Jolly Shepherds
  • Flower of Dumblane
  • O, Hush Thee My Babe
  • It Was a Lover and His Lass
  • The Lord is My Shepherd
  • Sand of Dee
  • O, Captain, My Captain
  • Star and the Child
  • The Adoration
  • The Crucified

George B. Nevin died in 1933.