|Short Name:||Emma Louise Ashford|
|Full Name:||Ashford, Emma Louise Hindle, 1850-1930|
Born: March 27, 1850, Newark, Delaware.
Died: September 22, 1930, at her home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee.
Ashford’s father was a music teacher, and her mother had a beautiful soprano voice. She could sing from childhood, even before she could speak plainly, and music was an integral part of her home life. When she was three years old, she sang a solo at a charity concert; by age five, she began to extemporize alto parts to songs and hymns. At age eight, she joined the church choir and the glee club, and was said to be the best sight reader in both. When she was 10 years old, she received the gift of a guitar, and could play the accompaniments within a few weeks. By this time she could also play the piano and organ.
At age 14, she moved with her family to Plymouth, Massachusetts, then to Seymour, Connecticut, the next year. There she was became organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church under Dudley Buck. While in Seymour she also studied piano with Mrs. Street, and pipe organ with Dr. Anderson.
At age 17, she married John Ashford (who was later an officer of Vanderbilt University), and they moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she sang alto in a quartet at St. James Episcopal Church. After about a year there, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
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Ashford, Emma Louise (Hindle). (Delaware state, March 27, 1850-- ). Sand and studied with father. Moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1864; to Seymour, Connecticut, 1865; Organist, St. Peters (Episcopal) Church, 1865; married, 1967 to John Ashford; moved to Chicago, ca.1867; alto soloist (under Dudley Buck), St. James (Episcopal) Church, Chicago, 1967-1868; moved to Nashville, Tennessee, ca.1869. Studied pipe organ with Dr. Anderson; composition with Dr. R.H. Peters. 10 years, Mr. & Mrs. Ashford conducted choir work at Presbyterian Church and Jewish Temple in Nashville. Visited and studied in Europe, 1894, 1897, 1904. Publisher, Lorenz.
See: Hall, J. H. (c1914). Biographies of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company.
|Texts by Emma Louise Ashford (5)||As||Instances|
|Come and listen to the story||E. L. A. (Author)||2|
|Hear now the voice||E. L. A. (Author)||2|
|Jesus with you is pleading, come, sinner, come||E. L. A. (Author)||2|
|Ring the merry Christmas bells, Tell the joyous story||E. L. A. (Author)||2|
|We're soldiers in the army of the Lord, We march to battle at his holy Word||E. L. A. (Author)||7|