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Memorable Manitobans: John McTaggart (c1873-1953)

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John McTaggart
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Choir director.

Born at Liverpool, England, of Scottish descent, he taught harmony and counterpoint at a conservatory near London and later went to Scotland where he was an organist and choirmaster in several churches. He also conducted Scottish orchestras. Coming to Winnipeg, he was a noted vocal teacher, organist, choirmaster, and orchestral conductor. For a few years he led a group of 65 musicians in an attempt to establish a symphony orchestra in Winnipeg. He directed the studio choir of CKY Radio. He lectured on public speaking at St. John’s College and was later Head of Vocal and Elocution at the Bornoff School of Music and taught classes at the Shinn Conservatory. In October 1952, he moved to Selkirk where he died on 15 July 1953. He was buried in the St. Clements Cemetery.


“John McTaggart,” Manitoba Calling, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1948, page 11.

“Local music pioneer dies in Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1953, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2014

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