Born: February 18, 1880 - Lansing, Michigan, USA
Died: May 17, 1953 - Orlando, Florida, USA
The American organist, conductor, music critic, teacher, and composer, Eric DeLamarter [De Lameter, Delamarter], was the child of Dr. Louis and Mary B. DeLamarter. He studied organ with Fairclough in St. Paul, Middelschulte in Chicago, and Guilmant and Widor in Paris (1901-1902), and was a graduate of Albion College in Michigan (1900).
After finishing his studies, Eric DeLamarter held several organ positions in Chicago, notably with the Fourth Presbyterian Church (1914-1936). He was music critic for the Chicago Inter-Ocean (1901-1914), the Chicago Record-Herald (1905-1908), and the Chicago Tribune (1909-1910). He also taught at Olivet College (1904-1905), Chicago Musical College (1909-1910), University of Missouri, Ohio State University, and the University of Texas. Among his pupils was Leon Stein. He was a close friend and advisor to Leo Sowerby as well as a champion of Sowerby's music. DeLamarter aided Sowerby in his becoming an accomplished organist.
Eric DeLamarter was assistant conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1918 to 1933 and from 1933 to 1936 he served as their associate conductor. He was also conductor of the Chicago Civic Orchestra (1918-1936). He was also an uncredited orchestra conductor in the 1946 film Humoresque.
The Lila Acheson Wallace Library of The Juilliard School has several of Eric DeLamarterís holographs as well as printed items. The University of Michigan Library holds the holograph of his organ concerto and a number of printed items.
The Betrothal, incidental music (New York, November 19, 1918)
- No. 1 (1913; Chicago, January 23, 1914)
- No. 2 (Philadelphia, June 5, 1925)
- No. 3 (1931; Chicago, February 16, 1933)
- No. 4 (1932)
The Faun, overture (Chicago, November 18, 1913)
Masquerade, overture (1916)
Fable of the Hapless Folktune (Chicago, April 6, 1917)
2 organ concertos:
- No. 1 (Chicago, April 2, 1920)
- No. 2 (Chicago, February 24, 1922)
Weaver of Tales, for organ & chamber orchestrea (926)
The Black Orchid, suite from The Dance of Life, ballet (Chicago, February 27, 1931)
Serenade near Taos (New York, January 11, 1938)
The Giddy Puritan, overture (original title, They, Too, Went t'Town, 1921; NBC, June 6, 1938)
Huckleberry Finn, overture (1948)
Olí Kaintuck, overture (1948)
Cluny, dialogue, for viola & orchestra (1949)