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Cornwall, J. Spencer



  • Existence: 1888-1983

Biographical History

J. Spencer Cornwall (1888-1983) was an author, choral conductor, composer, and arranger of music. Born in Utah, he conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1935 to 1957. Under his leadership it made some of its first trips outside of the United States.


nuc87-5333: Author's Stories of our Mormon hymns, 1975, c1963(hdg. on NcD rept.: Cornwall, J. Spencer; usage: J. Spencer Cornwall)

His arrangement of Come thou fount of every blessing, 2011:page 7 (Arranger J. Spencer Cornwall (1888-1983)...born at Mill Creek, Utah Territory...conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1935 to 1957...Under his leadership it made some of its first trips outside of the United States...wrote The story of our Mormon hymns...composed music)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

J. Spencer Cornwall papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1897
Scope and Contents Printed and handwritten music scores, correspondence, programs, speeches, a biography of Mary Ellen Spencer, a scrapbook, magazines, notes, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to Cornwall's work as director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Dates: 1915-1980

J. Spencer Cornwall photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3781
Scope and Contents This collection contains photographs of J. Spencer Cornwall ad various choirs and orchestras, as well as a group photograph of the Salt lake City District Music Supervisors from 1929-1980, including J. Spencer Cornwall, Dr. Lorin F. Wheelwright, Merva R. Morris, Vernon J. Lee Masters, and Margaret C. Richards. Also in the collection are five pages of sheet music for hymns.
Dates: 1927-1980