Roth, Robert N(elson) 1928-
ROTH, Robert N(elson) 1928-
PERSONAL: Surname rhymes with "both"; born June 28, 1928, in Somerset, PA; son of George L. (a clergyman) and Stella G. (Ruth) Roth; married Nancy Moore (an Episcopal priest), June 20, 1959; children: Christopher N., Michael F. Ethnicity: "American." Education: Franklin and Marshall College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1950; University of Virginia, M.A., 1952; Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, M.S.M. (magna cum laude), 1958. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Episcopalian. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, cross-country skiing.
ADDRESSES: Home—330 Morgan St., Oberlin, OH 44074-1427. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, organist at college chapel, 1946-50; organist at a Methodist church in Charlottesville, VA, 1953-54; organist and choirmaster at an Episcopal church in Mamaroneck, NY, 1956-58; Church of St. James the Less, Scarsdale, NY, organist and choirmaster, 1958-91, organist emeritus, 1991—. Teacher of organ and piano at a studio in Scarsdale, 1958-91; Free Synagogue of Westchester, organist, 1963-91, organist emeritus, 1991—. Oberlin College, affiliate scholar, 1996—. Teacher at adult education centers and elder-hostels; organist for recitals and choral concerts; conductor of a singing tour of cathedrals in England and Scotland; composer of hymns, anthems, and choral arrangements. Military service: U.S. Army, chaplain's assistant, 1955-56.
AWARDS, HONORS: Prize from Diocese of New York, 1977, for musical composition.
(With wife, Nancy L. Roth) We Sing of God (hymnal for children), Church Hymnal Corporation of the Episcopal Church, 1989.
(Editor) "Wond'rous Machine": A Literary Anthology Celebrating the Organ, Scarecrow Press (Lanham, MD), 2000.
(Music arranger) Chatter with the Angels: A Children's Songbook, Gregorian Institute of America, 2000.
Contributor to periodicals, including Living Church, Diapason, American Organist, Journal of Church Music, Opera News, and Publications of the Bibliographical Society of America.
SIDELIGHTS: Robert N. Roth told CA: "I have always had a life divided between literature and music, specifically the organ. When it came to choosing one or the other as a career, I chose the organ, but continued my involvement with literature by investigating the appearance of the organ in poetry and prose. The result was 'Wond'rous Machine': A Literary Anthology Celebrating the Organ, which contains poetry, essays, short stories, and extracts from novels in which the organ and organists play a key role."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Diapason, March, 2001, James B. Hartman, review of "Wond'rous Machine": A Literary Anthology Celebrating the Organ.