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Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Heath, Cheston L.
Materials are in English
Consists of photographs and correspondence describing the wartime experiences of Cheston Heath, organist and choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana for twenty-one years. The collection also contains Xeroxed copies of two of Heath's original compositions.
This collection is open for research.
Organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis, Indiana, for twenty one years. Cheston L. Heath was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and directed his first choir at the age of fourteen. A year later, he entered the New England Conservatory of Music, and went on to earn an M.A. degree from Harvard University. After graduation, he traveled through Rome, Paris and Vienna, studying choral music and organ from Camille Saint-Saëns and Alexandre Guilmant. He is reported to have trained over a thousand choirboys for his choir and also was widely known for his musical compositions. During the St. Louis exposition, he was recognized as one of the seven greatest organists in the world. Heath died on February 11, 1947 at the age of 61.
Collection consists of photographs and correspondence describing the wartime experiences of Cheston Heath, along with Xeroxed copies of two of Heath's original compositions. The correspondence in the collection is mainly from former choirboys of Heath's serving overseas (1943-1945). Additionally, there are oversized photocopies of choir music featuring original compositions bearing Heath's initials ("CLH").
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Completed in 2011.