Gordon Young (1919-1998) was born in McPherson, Kansas, and during his lifetime was recognized as one of this country’s most brilliant organists. He was a prolific and talented composer of both organ and choral works, with many of his nearly 1000 works having entered the standard repertory.
His Bachelor’s degree in music was earned at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas. He later studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and received his Doctor of Sacred Music from Southwestern in 1964.
During the course of his career, he was a radio organist in Tulsa, a music critic and columnist for daily newspapers in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, and choirmaster in churches in Philadelphia and Kansas City. Mr. Young taught organ in conjunction with Wayne State University and for 15 years was organist and choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Detroit.