George Calvin Hampton

George Calvin Hampton

Inducted - 1992

Cultural/Performing Arts

  George Calvin Hampton was born December 31, 1938 in Kittanning, PA., to parents George L. Hampton and Esther Miller Hampton. His sisters are Carol Hampton Miller and Esther Lucille (Lucy) Kester. George Calvin lived in Ravenna during his formative years where music teacher, Kathryn Schuey and Band Director, Ed Marini, started him on his musical career. George Calvin graduated from Ravenna High School in 1956 and went on to graduate from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music before earning a Masters Degree at the University of Syracuse in New York. Mr. Hampton was Director of Music for the parishes of Calvary, Holy Communion and St. George's Episcopal churches in New York City for over 20 years. He published numerous compositions and has many major recordings to his credit. He was well known as a virtuoso organist and lecturer. He appeared as a guest artist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which also premiered his Saxaphone Quartet Concerto in New York, with the Stuttgart Ballet and the American Chamber Orchestra. George was a member and performed for the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists for which he was commissioned in 1980 to write a Concerto for Organ and Strings. George Calvin Hampton is listed in the International Who's Who in Music, Tenth Edition, published in Cambridge, England. His passing at the young age of 45 cost the world a wealth of musical talent, many compositions yet to be composed and classical recordings that would long have been remembered.