Edgar Stillman Kelley (1857-1944) was born in Sparta, Wisconsin, and received musical instruction from his mother. At age 17, he went to Chicago to study music and, at 19, he travelled to Stuttgart and studied organ, piano, and composition. After performing in Europe for a number of years, he moved to San Francisco as a church organist and critic for the San Francisco Examiner. He composed, conducted, lectured, and taught, eventually living in New York where he taught at the New York College of Music and New York University, and conducted an operetta company. He then spent eight years in Europe lecturing, teaching, conducting, and performing. In 1910, he accepted a position at the Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, also teaching composition at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. His compositional output is quite varied and he is often associated with the “American Indianist” movement.
All are mixed chorus unless noted; some contain divisi.