Obituary: Granville Munson

I wrote the following obituary for my predecessor at St. Stephen’s Church, Richmond, Va., and it appeared in the February 2001 issue of The American Organist:

Granville Munson, 80 years old, October 23, 2000, Richmond, Va., after a long illness.  He was organist and choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Church, Richmond, from 1947 to 1985, and was dean of the Virginia (now Richmond) AGO chapter from 1951 to 1953.  Upon his retirement from St. Stephen’s Church, he was named consultant in church music to the Diocese of Virginia.  Mr. Munson attended St. Alban’s School and was a choirboy at Washington National Cathedral under the cathedral’s first organist and choirmaster, Edgar Priest.  After his voice changed, he continued to serve as the cathedral’s head crucifer until graduation from St. Alban’s School.  He earend his B.Mus. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was organist and choirmaster of St. Mary’s Church, Hamilton Village, Philadelphia.  Following service in World War II, Mr. Munson studied with T. Tertius Noble in New York.  Shortly after coming to Richmond, he joined the faculty of St. Catherine’s School and St. Christopher’s School, whose campuses are adjacent to St. Stephen’s Church.  He was also a founding member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in the mid-1950s and he served for many years as Virginia chairman of the National Cathedral Association.  More than 100 former choirmembers from the church and the schools participated in his funeral at St. Stephen’s Church.  AGO Region III Councillor Neal Campbell, Mr. Munson’s successor, was the organist.

With Granville Munson, left, and Edouard Nies-Berger, Richmond, Va., 1988.

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