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Edwin Flath (Choral Conductor, Organ)

Born: December 8, 1930 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 24, 1987 - San Francisco, California, USA

The Canadian-born American choral conductor and organist, Edwin Everon Flath, studied at the Royal Conservatory at Toronto University and with Arthur Poister at Syracuse University.

Edwin Flath, who gave concerts in both the USA and Canada, won numerous competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. He began with choruses in Berkeley and Palo Alto, eventually expanding to San Francisco as well. In 1971 he founded the California Bach Society. Under his leadership, the California Bach Society produced many performances of J.S. Bach's Passions, motets, cantatas, Mass in B minor (BWV 232), and works by other composers. The California Bach Society was the first chorus not associated with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra to perform in Davies Symphony Hall, presenting J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232) in 1981. The California Bach Society performed there seven more times through 1984, including a commissioned piece dedicated to the memory of Calvin Simmons. After Flath's death in 1987, the California Bach Society reorganized under the direction of Edward Bolkovac.

Source: California Bach Society Website (Authors: Helen Barrios & Carol Loden); Find A Grave Memorial Website; Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2010, February 2016)

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