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Arthur Crighton

Arthur (Bligh) Crighton, organist, teacher, choirmaster (born 6 June 1917 in Calgary, AB; died 14 July 2013 in Edmonton, AB). LRSM 1938, B MUS (Toronto) 1948, LRCT 1948, ACCO 1958, M MUS (California) 1962, DMA (Southern California) 1965.

Chrighton's doctoral thesis treated the "Te Deum laudamus in 20th-century English coronations." He began teaching music history and theory at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, in 1949, conducted the university orchestra 1950-67, and became the university organist. At the time of his retirement in 1982 he was chairman of the history and literature division of the university's Music Department. In 1963, he began the first of several successive posts as organist-choirmaster at various Edmonton churches. In 1991, he continued this work and also his long service as theory advisor to the WBM; in addition he was preparing a book on melody writing. He is the author of A Workbook for Music Analysis (Oakville, ON, 1977; Waterloo, ON, 1980).