Inductees Archive

Dr. Lowell Mason

Dr. Lowell Mason has been called the “Father of American church music”. The entire art of music as now understood and practiced in America has derived much from the work of this man. He was born in Medfield, Mass. in 1792. Working as a young boy in Savannah, he whetted his appetite musically by compiling a work of church music. The manuscript was accepted by the Handel and Haydn Society of Church Music. Very successful, he later was named president of the Society. Professor Horace Mann, a great educator, said he would walk fifty miles to see and hear Dr. Mason teach. Dr. Mason founded the Boston Academy of Music and developed the idea of “Teacher’s Conventions”. He left behind him over 50 volumes of musical collections, instruction books and manuals. A Presbyterian, he was married in 1817 to Miss Abigail Gregory. Two of his four sons originated the Mason-Hamlin Organ Company.


Induction Year




Medfield, Massachusetts



Music Educator



Founded the Boston Academy of Music


Denominational Affiliation

Presbyterian Church



Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers singing Dr. Lowell Mason’s “Nearer My God To Thee”