Chauncey Milton Wyman

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Born: 1834

Died: 1870


Chauncey Milton Wyman was born in Rockingham, Vermont. He attended a number of music conventions in Vermont and New Hampshire conducted by George Frederick Root. At one, he became assistant director and attended a normal by Root in North Reading, Massachusetts. He conducted conventions in the Northeast and lived in Keene, New Hampshire, where he also organized an outstanding choir at First Church. His wife was the church’s first organist when a pipe organ was installed in 1860. He joined Root and led conventions throughout the northern states. His conducting was highly regarded and he conducted the chorus and oratorio choir for Root’s sessions. At Root’s invitation, he went to Chicago. There, he published a collection of hymns and gospel songs, and worked with Philip P. Bliss. Together they attended Dwight Moody’s meetings. Moody got his first impression of the power of singing in gospel work from these two men. Wyman briefly lived with Moody in Chicago. He was also a music teacher at the State Normal School in South Bend, Indiana. He died in Keene of typhoid fever after travelling to his former home to conduct a large music festival.

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