Skip to main content

Powell, Laurence

Powell, Laurence

Powell, Laurence , English-born American organist, conductor, teacher, and composer; b. Birmingham, Jan. 13, 1899; d. Victoria, Tex., Jan 29, 1990. He studied at Ratcliffe Coll., Leicester (1909–15), Ushaw Coll., Durham (1915–17), with Bantock at the Birmingham Midland Inst. School of Music (1919–22), and at the Univ. of Birmingham (Mus.Bae). In 1923 he emigrated to the U.S. and in 1936 became a naturalized American citizen. He completed his education at the Univ. of Wise. (M.A., 1926), where he also taught (1924–26). Subsequently he taught at the Univ. of Ark. (1926–34) and Little Rock Junior Coll. (1934–39). He was founder-conductor of the Little Rock Sym. Orch. (1934–39), and then conducted the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Federal Sym. Orch. (1939–41). After serving as organist at St. Mary’s Church in Victoria, Tex. (1947–52), he was organist and choirmaster at St. Francis Cathedral in Sante Fe (1952–68), where he also was founder-conductor of the Sante Fe Orch., later known as the Rio Grande Sym. Orch. (1953–55). He was organist and choirmaster at Assumption Church in Albuquerque (1968–70) and at Our Lady of Victory Church in Victoria, Tex. (1970–75).


ORCH.: The Ogre of the Northern Fastness (1921); Keltic Legend (Bournemouth, Aug. 27, 1924; rev. version, Madison, Wise, May 20, 1931); Charivari, suite (1925); 2 syms. (1929, 1943); Suite for Strings (1931; Grand Rapids, May 9, 1940); Deirdre of the Sorrows (1933; Little Rock, March 18, 1937); The Country Fair, suite (1936); Picnic for Strings (Oklahoma City, March 21, 1936); Variations (Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 28, 1941); Duo concertante for Recorders and Orch. (1941); Penny Overture (1960); Overture on French Folk Tunes (1970); Oracle (1975). CHAMBER : Piano Quartet (1933); Quartet for Clarinets (1936); 3 recorder sonatinas (1977). VOCAL : Halcyone for Chorus and Orch. (1923); Alleluya, cantata for Chorus and Orch. (1926); The Seasons for Chorus (1928); The Santa Fe Trail for Baritone, Narrator, and Orch. (Santa Fe, April 22, 1958); masses; songs

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Powell, Laurence." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . 18 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Powell, Laurence." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . (April 18, 2019).

"Powell, Laurence." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved April 18, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.