Harold Stover was born in Latrobe PA in 1946. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of
the Juilliard School in New York. Now retired from full-time church music work after serving churches in New York and
Portland, Maine, he presently directs the Portland-based chamber chorus Renaissance Voices, teaches at the
Portland Conservatory of Music, and maintains an active career as a composer and organ recitalist.
His compositions draw on the many musical influences in his life, from Messaien and Ives to Bach and Mozart, Gershwin
and Scott Joplin. They are represented in the catalogues of Augsburg-Fortress, ECS, MorningStar, and Paraclete presses
and recorded on the Albany, ACA Digital, and Gloriae Dei Cantores labels. Critics have noted his flair for instrumental
color and his new insights into familiar forms.
His career as an organ recitalist has taken him to most major New York series, the National Cathedral in Washington,
Westminster Abbey in London, Harvard and Princeton universities, and many other distinguished venues. He has served as
composer, performer, and lecturer at regional and national conventions of The American Guild of Organists and has made
ten appearances as organist and/or composer on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. His scholarly writing on
American organ music has been published in The American Organist, The Diapason, The Tracker,
and other music journals.