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Frank W. Asper
, Asper in 1948
Frank Wilson Asper, (1892-02-09)February 9, 1892, Salt Lake City, Utah
November 8, 1973(1973-11-08) (aged 81), Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City Cemetery, 40°46′37.92″N 111°51′28.8″W / 40.7772000°N 111.858000°W / 40.7772000; -111.858000
Composer and also Mormon Tabernacle organist
Ellen Marie Connors,
Florence E. Robinson
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Frank Wilson Asper ((1892-02-09)February 9, 1892 - November 8, 1973(1973-11-08)) was a Latter-day Saint composer and also Mormon Tabernacle organist beginning in 1925.
Asper came from a musically inclined family. He studied under Ebenezer Beesley as a youth and then studied at Stern Conservatory in Berlin and the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the University of Utah and Chicago Musical College. Besides being Mormon Tabernacle organist, Asper was the organist of the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Asper was a fellow of the American Guild of Organists.
Asper penned words and music for several LDS hymns. Seven of these are found in the 1985 hymnal Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
132: God Is in His Holy Temple - music,
176: 'Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love - music,
189: O Thou, Before the World Began - music,
222: Hear Thou Our Hymn, O Lord - words and music,
245: This House We Dedicate to Thee - music,
257: Rejoice! A Glorious Sound Is Heard - music,
323: Rise Up, O Men of God (Men's Choir) - music