Georges Lindsay

Georges Lindsay. Organist, teacher, administrator, b L'Isle-Verte, near Rivière-du-Loup, Que, 6 Aug 1909, d Montreal 24 Mar 1987.

Lindsay, Georges

Georges Lindsay. Organist, teacher, administrator, b L'Isle-Verte, near Rivière-du-Loup, Que, 6 Aug 1909, d Montreal 24 Mar 1987. After taking piano and organ lessons at the Collège de Lévis from Father Alphonse Tardif, he won two lieutenant-governor's medals for those instruments in 1929 and the AMQ harmony scholarship in 1932. He studied at Laval University at first with Henri Gagnon and then with Jean-Marie Beaudet (piano and organ), J.-Robert Talbot (harmony and counterpoint), Alphonse Saint-Hilaire (violin), and Canon Joseph-Romuald Pelletier (Gregorian chant). He won the Prix d'Europe in 1934 and went to Paris to continue his training under Louis Vierne and Ferdinand Motte-Lacroix. Father Fernand Lindsay is his nephew.

From 1935 onwards, Lindsay gave organ recitals in Europe, the USA, and Canada and also on radio and TV. He taught the organ class 1950-67 at the École Vincent-d'Indy and was an adjudicator for various festivals in Quebec and New Brunswick. He also taught at the colleges of Joliette and Ste-Thérèse, as well as at the CMQ. He was organist for 25 years at Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral in Montreal and was also organist for the CSM. He was the founder and the director 1967-71 of the Cons de musique de Chicoutimi and president 1977-9 of the QMTA. He was a member of the board of the AMQ, as well as its secretary and archivist, and was in charge of its syllabus.

Writings

'La musique religieuse souffre-t-elle de cancer?' VM, 5-6, 1967