On April 2nd, 2011 Amos Clark Kingsbury High School Auditorium was dedicated “the Lowell Mason Auditorium”. Performers included Boston Latin School Orchestra and Chorus and the Medfield High School Concert and Jazz Ensembles.
Check out photos from the concert here.
Download a PDF of the concert program here.
We are currently taking donations to help fund the plaque that will be placed inside of the Medfield High School commorating the auditorium in the name of Lowell Mason.
The following is the plaque text we hope will be hanging inside the school very soon.
The Lowell Mason Auditorium
Dedicated April 2, 2011
Pioneering Music Educator
“Father of American Public School Music Education and of American Church Music”
Composed or arranged 1,600 hymn tunes, including
Joy to the World, Nearer, My God, To Thee, and Mary Had a Little Lamb
“Children must be taught music as they are taught to read.”
1792 January 8, born in Medfield, Massachusetts
1808-1812 Choir Director, First Parish Church, Medfield
1812-1822 Composed, taught congregational singing, Savannah, Georgia
1827-1832 President, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston
1833 Co-founded Boston Academy of Music
1837 Became first public school music teacher in America, Boston
1838-1845 Superintendent of Music Education, Boston
1845-1855 Developed music teacher training classes for the Massachusetts State Board of Education
1855 Awarded first American honorary doctorate of music degree by New York University
1872 August 11, died in Orange, New Jersey
Named by the School Committee, Town of Medfield, January 24, 2011
A cooperative effort between The Lowell Mason Foundation, Inc. and
The Medfield Public Schools, Robert Maguire, Superintendent