William Henry Sprigg Jr., 94 native of Manchester, NH and of Frederick, MD passed away on April 3, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Frederick,|
Born March 7, 1920 in Manchester, NH, he was the son of Clara Sprigg and William H. Sprigg, Sr. William graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester with a double major in organ and theory receiving his Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate in organ. He did additional graduate work at Harvard, Boston U., and the Organ Institute as well as Johns Hopkins University. William completed a graduate fellowship in theory at Eastman Boston U. where he served as the University organist. He completed his Doctorate at Boston U. William won first prize for the symphonic tone poem depicting an aspect of Maryland history "Maryland Portraits in Contrast: Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Carroll", sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Association. He received fellow at the Edward MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. William dedicated organs across the nation and was a guest organist at Radio City Music Hall. He completed two recordings on the Orion label. William was the professor of organ and theory at Hood College in Frederick and the organist-choir director of Evangelical Lutheran Church, one of the largest Lutheran churches in the East. William retired as the professor of organ and theory at Hood College. He served as chairperson of the department for 12 years and was instrumental in restoring Brodbeck Music Hall and designed the Coblentz Memorial Organ in Coffman Chapel. He retired as the organist and choir director of Evangelical Lutheran Church after serving for over 40 years and designed the tonal specifications for the relatively organ in the church. An organ scholarship is established at Hood College in his honor.
William is survived by nieces Lydia Hunn, Rebecca Mifflin, Shirley Hunn, Leslie Bachofer and nephew Michael Hunn.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11 AM at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 E. Church Street, Frederick. The Reverend Dr. Robert Driver-Bishop will officiate. Inurnment will be private in his hometown of Manchester, New Hampshire.
Arrangements are by Keeney & Basford Funeral Home..
Published Online in www.fredericknewspost.com on Apr. 8, 2014
Published in Print in www.fredericknewspost.com on Apr. 8, 2014