C(harles) B(each) Hawley (Brookfield, Connecticut, February 14, 1858 – Eatontown, New Jersey, December 29, 1915) was an American bass, voice teacher, organist and composer of art songs and other vocal works.
Charles Beach was born to John N. and Clarissa W. Keeler Hawley in Brookfield, Connecticut. Charles and his father were descendants of the pioneer founders of Newtown, which later became part of Brookfield. For many years, his father was the organist at St. Paul's Church in Brookfield.
As a young man he attended the Cheshire Military School, where he "took prominent part in all the musical activities of the school'. In 1875 he moved to New York City, where he studied singing with George J. Webb, P.A. Rivarde, and Gustave Federlein, and composition with Dudley Buck. He soon began singing at Calvary Episcopal Church, and later became an assistant organist at St. Thomas Church. He married Hattie B. Crane in 1889.
He established himself as a versatile musician in New York. He was bass singer and choir director at the Broadway Tabernacle for 17 years. He had a private studio as a voice teacher and ran The Metropolitan College of Music for 10 years. He was a Charter Member of the Manuscript Society and was an active member of the Mendelssohn Glee Club. Later organist and choir director positions were at the Madison Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church and West End Presbyterian Church. Text source : Wikipedia (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)