Pupils of Félix-Alexandre Guilmant

Guilmant had many pupils. He worked as a teacher at the French Conservatory in Paris and at the Schola Cantorum. But also many students visited his house during their stay in Paris. Among his pupils are many foreign persons, especially from the USA and Canada. During his American tours he also tought. As a honour to Guilmant the New York music school was named the Guilmant Organ School. Here is a list of Guilmant students with some more information about their person and career.

Jacob F. Adelfer  
Louis Marie François Andlauer
Organist at Notre-Dames-des-Champs and Eglise Saint-Eloi in Paris.
He wrote 'Two Short Pieces for Organ', published in book one of "Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue" in 1911.
George Whitfield Andrews
Dr George Whitfield Andrews was a pupil of Rheinberger, Guilmant and others. He became musical director in Oberlin in 1903, where he also had studied. He was the organist of Second Church in Oberlin for almost 50 years. At the Oberlin Conservatory he taught organ and composition since 1886. Andrews was one of the founders of the American Guild of Organists.
He wrote several compositions, including the following:
  • Fugue in A minor (1899), published in l'Orgue Moderne, livraison 14
  • Academic Processional (1900)
  • At Home With the Lord (1901)
  • March in C minor (1910)
  • Poco agitato (1911)
  • Con grazia in Fis minor (1919)
  • Two Serenades (1919)
  • From the Mountainside (1922)
  • In Wintertime (1922)
  • Sunset Shadows (1922)
  • Three Pieces (1922) - In Wintertime / From the Mountainside / Sunset Shadows
  • A song of Devotion (1923) - for organ, violin and cello
  • Processional March in B flat (1925)
  • Intermezzo (1927)
  • Song of Devotion (organ, violin & cello)
William I. Andrus  
Emile Aviné Studied with Guilmant until 1904.
John Bachelder  
George L. Backus  
Alfred Baehrens  
Augustin Barié
Augustin Barié was blind from his birth. He studied organ with Guilmant and Widor. Later he was appointed organist of the Eglise Saint-Germaine-des-Prés in Paris. He composed a few works and died at the early age of 32 years during the First World War. He was succeeded by André Marchal.
  • Elégie en la mineur - published in book one of "Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue" in 1911
  • Symphonie pour Orgue en Si-bémol majeur - opus 5 (1911)
  • Trois Pièces pour Orgue (Marche - Lamento - Toccata) - opus 7 (1911)
O.B. Bass  
William D. Belknap  
Elizabeth Benedict  
John Victor Bergquist
Organist in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Studied with Guilmant about 1900.
He composed three sonatas for organ. Only one has been published: Sonata in C-minor (1902).
Joseph-Arthur Bernier
Information from The Canadian Encyclopedia:
Joseph-Arthur Bernier was born on March 19, 1877 in Lévis, Québec, Canada.
He received his early musical education from his mother and continued his musical studies in Quebec City with Gustave Gagnon and Philéas Roy (organ and piano) while completing his general education at the Collège de Lévis. He was organist 1892-1908 at St-Sauveur Church and 1908-17 at Notre-Dame-de-Jacques-Cartier Church in Quebec City. He completed his training 1902-3 in Paris with Alexandre Guilmant (organ) and Félix Fourdrain (composition). The cellist Jean Gérardy, the violinist Ovide Musin, and other musicians sought his services as an accompanist. In 1903 he became a member of the Société des auteurs et compositeurs de Paris. In Montreal he inaugurated the organs of the churches of Saint-Pierre in 1908, Saint-Jean-Baptiste in 1915, and Sacré-Coeur in 1917, and several US churches invited him to perform the same service. He gave recitals in Buffalo in 1901, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905, Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1910, Phoenix in 1915, and Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1917. He also played in Toronto in 1914, and in Cap-St-Ignace, Québec, in 1918. In 1917 he became organist at the Union musicale de Québec and at St-Jean-Baptiste Church in Québec City, a post he held until his death. At Laval University 1922-44 he taught, among others, Charles-Eugène Albert, Dantès Belleau, Clotilde Coulombe, Rolland-G. Gingras, and Omer Létourneau. He served 1910-11 and 1912-13 as president of the AMQ.
Bernier died on April 28, 1944 in Québec City, Canada.
Bernier's compositions include four masses for female voices; several motets published chiefly by Québec City's Procure générale de musique; pieces for organ, violin (Berceuse), oboe (Pastorale), and cello (Cantilène), published in Paris by A. Débert (1903); a Mazurka for piano (Lavigueur et Hutchison 1906); and some other secular music.
His Méditation for organ was published in Canadian Musical Heritage (CMH), vol 4a.
(Joseph) Ermend Bonnal
French organist and composer. Studied with Guilmant in 1904. He wrote many works for organ, chamber music and songs. Bonnal was organist in Bayonne and later succeeded Tournemire at the Sainte-Clotilde in Paris, where he remained until his death.
See the website dedicated to Bonnal for more information: www.bonnal.org.
  • Allégresse, opus 27/2
  • Bosphore
  • Cantique Protestant
  • Chorale de l'Insomnie
  • Deux Improvisations, opus 27/1 and opus 27/4 - published in book one of "Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue" in 1911
  • Deux Quatuors à Cordes
  • Fugue sur un Thème de César Franck
  • Improvisation, opus 23
  • Les Carillons de Buglose
  • Legende, opus 33
  • Noel Landais (1919)
  • Paysages Euskariens (La Vallée du Béhorleguy, Au matin - Le Berger d'Ahusquy - Cloches dans le Ciel) (1931)
  • Paysage Landais (1904)
  • Petit Noel (1931)
  • Petit Poème, opus 29
  • Petite Rhapsody Brétonne (1898)
  • Quatre Pièces d'Orgue, opus 26 (1908)
  • Reflets Solaires, opus 17 (1906)
  • Six Pièces (1916)
  • Sur le sac triste (Berceuse)
  • Symphony d'après 'Media Vita' (1932)
  • Trio: Bidassoa
  • Trio: Navarra
  • Trio: Rhapsodie du Sud
  • Verset
Joseph Élie Georges Marie Bonnet

(Photo: Collection of the Library of Congres)
Student of Guilmant from 1901 to 1906. He became organist of the Church of Saint Eustache in Paris in March 1906 and got the first price for organ at the conservatory in July 1906. Bonnet was a close friend of Guilmant. He wrote a composition (Lamento) in memoriam of Guilmant's wife, and another piece (Pie Jesu) in memoriam of Guilmant. Bonnet succeeded Guilmant in 1911 as the organist of the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire in Paris. Bonnet was very famous as a concert organist, and he also published a lot of old organ music. The first Schott edition of Guilmant's works after his death was edited by Bonnet, in co-operation with Eaglefield Hull and Lemare.
There is a very good website on Joseph Bonnet, containing a complete list of his compositions, pictures and bibliographical information.
Roger Boucher
Pupil of Guilmant and Widor. He became organist of the Eglise Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin in Paris. Roger Boucher died in the First World War in 1915.
He published only one composition, a Cantabile for organ in book two of "Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue" in 1911.
Nadia Juliette Boulanger
Nadia Juliette Boulanger studied with Guilmant in 1905.
Her father was professor at the Conservatory in Paris. Her sister Lili Juliette (1893-1918) was a great composer. She wrote many fine works in her short life and won the Prix of Rome in 1913.
Nadia Boulanger was very musical and started studying at the Conservatory in 1897, only ten years old. She studied composition with Gabriel Fauré and organ with Guilmant en Louis Vierne.
In 1921 she became professor of harmony, counterpoint and composition at the American Conservatory of Music in Fontainebleau.
Nadia Boulanger was a famous teacher herself. Among her pupils are many important and well known American composers of the twentieth century, including Aaron Copland, Philip Glass and Charles Fisk.
Among her compositions are:
  • Improvisation
  • Petit Canon
  • Prélude en fa mineur
All published in book two of "Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue" in 1911.
  • Pièce sur des airs populaires Flamands (1918)
Joseph Boulnois
Joseph Boulnois was born on January 28, 1884 in a small French village called Verneuil-en-Halatte. As a young boy he started playing the organ and soon he became organist in the neighbourhood. He studied at the Paris Conservatory and moved to Paris in 1904, but he continued his appointment as organist in the village of Pont-Sainte-Maxence. He studied with Dubois, Guilmant, Fauré en Vierne. In 1908 he became organist of the Church of the Sainte-Elisabeth-du-Temple in Paris.
In 1914 he was called for duty in the army during the First World War. Only a few weeks before the end of the war he died in action on October 20, 1918.
Some of his compositions are:
  • La Basilique - pour piano
  • Choral en Fa-dièze mineur
  • Elévation pour Orgue
  • Hymne a Bacchus
  • Musette et Bidon
  • Paraphrase Symphonique sur l'Alleluia de la Dedicace de Saint-Michel (1914) - published in book eight of "Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue"
  • Quatre Pièces - published in book two of "Les Maitres Contemporains de l'Orgue" in 1911
  • Roses de Saasi
  • Sainte-Cécile au milieu d'un grand concert des anges
  • Sonate pour Piano
  • Sonate pour Violoncelle et Piano
  • Suite pour Piano et Violoncelle
  • Trio pour Piano, Violon et Violoncelle
  • Trois Pièces pour Orgue - Fugue / La Toussaint / Choral
Emile Bourdon
Emile Bourdon studied with Guilmant until 1911. For health reasons he had to leave the conservatory in 1911 to stay in a sanatorium.
He lived as an organist in Monaco, where he played the Mutin organ of the Cathedral, inaugurated by himself on April 8, 1922. He was professor for organ at the Conservatory in Nice until 1951. Emile Bourdon retired as cathedral organist in 1968. Marcel Dupré and Emile Bourdon were close friends.
  • Choral Varié sur l’hymne Ave Maris Stella (1916)
  • Dix Pièces pour Orgue - opus 7 (Offertoire pour la Fête de l'Assomption / Carillons / Méditation / Sortie / Bénédiction Nuptiale / In memoriam / Sur l'Alleluia / Légende / Triptyque Fête-Dieu / Toccata sur deux Noëls) (1921)
  • Première Symphonie - opus 10 (Romance, Intermezzo)
  • Dix Nouvelles Pièces pour Orgue - opus 18 (Offertoire sur l'honneur de Saint / Elégie / Intermezzo / Canzonetta / Postlude / Fantaisie Rhapsodique / Menuet / Pièce sur des Graduels / Final Romantique / Alleluias de Pâques)
  • Marche Solennelle pour Orgue - opus 19 (1947)
  • Allegro symphonique - opus 32
  • Cortège Nuptial - opus 38 (1956) - composed for the wedding service of prince Rainier III and princess Grace of Monaco, played by Bourdon at April 19, 1956
  • Idylle pour orchestre
  • Noël de Saboly
  • Poème élégiaque pour violoncelle et orchestre
  • Toccata sur 2
  • Trio en mi mineur pour piano, violon et violoncelle
Clarence W. Bowers  
Cyprien Boyer
Born on March 16, 1853 in Saint-Martial-de-Nabirat (Dordogne, France). Cyprien Boyer was organist of the Petit Séminaire in Bergerac. He died on September 9, 1926 in Perigueux, France.
  • Douze Pièces pour Orgue ou Harmonium (à mon ami, l'abbé J. Boussion)
    St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre: L. J. Biton ("Selecta Opera" no.1)
    • 1. Prélude ou Verset Final en ré mineur
    • 2. Allegro moderato in Si-bémol majeur
    • 3. Offertoire bref in Fa majeur
    • 4. Un peu lent en ut mineur
    • 5. Allegretto en ré mineur
    • 6. Prière en La majeur
    • 7. Élévation en Mi majeur
    • 8. Élévation en sol mineur
    • 9. Communion en La-bémol majeur
    • 10. Allegretto en sol mineur
    • 11. Memento en la mineur
    • 12. Sortie en si mineur
William Brice  
Sebastian Howard Brown
(born in 1903)
Organ and music teacher in Middlesex. In 1965 he published his 'Wedding Music for Dan and Thelma'.
Minnie B. Caldwell Minnie B. Caldwell has been the conductor of the Chapel Choir of Ann Arbor High School.
Tracy J. Cannon  
William C. Carl
William Cane Carl, born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1865, studied in Paris with Guilmant in 1891/1892. He and Guilmant became good friends. William Carl became organist of the First Presbyterian Church in Newark, New Jersey in 1882. In 1892 he became organist of the First Presbyterian Church at Fifth Avenue in New York City. During t
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