Leo Rich Lewis

Leo Rich Lewis (11 February 1865 – 8 September 1945) was an American composer. He graduated from Tufts College in Massachusetts in 1887 and later served as Fletcher Professor of Music and chairman of the music department there from 1892 to 1945. He taught courses in music history and theory, as well as composition. He composed the Tufts College alma mater.

Among Lewis's notable students was Alan Hovhaness. He was also instrumental in securing the acceptance of the African American composer Jester Hairston to Tufts in 1927.

The Leo Rich Lewis Memorial Scholarship, established in 1950 by classmates, former students, family, and friends in his memory, is awarded each year to a Tufts University student, with preference given to students majoring in music.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 11th, 1865, Died September 8th, 1945

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 19869 10-in. 4/25/1912 For Tufts, hurrah Tufts College Glee Club Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Columbia 77352 10-in. 9/20/1917 Happy sammies Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  


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Lewis, Leo Rich. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103737.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103737


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