Wednesday 25 September 2013

Gerre Hancock, 1934–2012 (American organist, improviser, composer)

* Gerre Hancock's compositions are published by Oxford University Press (OUP). His textbook, Improvising: How to Master the Art, also published by OUP, is studied by organists throughout the USA. In 1981 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music and in 1995 was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. In May 2004 he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree (Honoris causa) from The General Theological Seminary in New York. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” and his biography appears in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. In 2004 he was honored in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace in London where he was presented the Medal of the Cross of St. Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In June 2010, Dr. Hancock was presented the International Performer of the Year Award by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. This is viewed by many as the most distinguished award that the American Guild of Organists bestows upon its colleagues. 

Hancock has a stellium of Pisces planets ruled by Neptune in the 1st House. 


Read more from his Wikipedia biography.

BIRTH DATA: Gerre Edward Hancock, 21 February 1934, 18:20 (6:20 PM) CST (+6), Lubbock, Texas, USA (33n34, 101w51). ASC: 00 Virgo. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (©) quotes birth certificate on file.

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