Roger Frances Wagner Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 16, 1914 in Le Puy, Haute-Loire, France
Died: September 17, 1992
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WAGNER (1914-1992) was an American choral musician. His father was organist at a cathedral in Dijon, France and, after Wagner's family emigrated to the United States in 1921, he became an organist as well at the age of 12, at St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood, California. He returned to France to continue his studies; while there, he served in the French army and qualified for the French 1936 decathlon team. After returning to the United States, Wagner was made music director at St. Joseph's Church in Los Angeles and established his first choir, of men and boys. He became supervisor of young choruses for Los Angeles in 1945. The most well-known of his choirs was the Los Angeles Concert Youth Chorus, which became known as the Roger Wagner Chorale, a Grammy Award-winning madrigal group, in 1946. He formed the Los Angeles Master Chorale on completion of the Los Angeles Music Center, which has since become the Los Angeles Philharmonic's resident choir and which toured the Soviet Union as a cultural ambassador. Wagner served as the Master Chorale's music director until 1987.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1975 The Outer Space Connection (Sound), 1959 Sunday Showcase (in person), 1953 Salome (Music Department), 1960 The Gallant Hours (Music Department), 1973 In Search of Ancient Mysteries (Sound), 1939 The Wizard of Oz (Music Department), 1960 The Gallant Hours (Sound), 1960 The Gallant Hours (Sound), I Married Joan (Music Department), 1963 Here's Edie (in person), 1954 Day of Triumph (Sound), 1954 Day of Triumph (in person), 1969 Paint Your Wagon (Music Department), 1954 Shower of Stars (Music Department)

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