Renowned Augusta organist dies

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Even as a child, Eugenia Toole Glover’s goal was to become an accomplished musician.

Eugenia Toole Glover was labeled "possibly one of the world's top 10 organists" by a reviewer when she was touring.  SPECIAL
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Eugenia Toole Glover was labeled "possibly one of the world's top 10 organists" by a reviewer when she was touring.

At 12, she became the organist at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church.

After college, Glover helped found the music department at Augusta College, now Augusta State University, and wrote the music for the school’s alma mater.

While traveling as a concert musician in the 1960s, she was reviewed as “possibly one of the world’s top 10 organists.”

Glover died in Augusta, her hometown, on Friday.

After a private burial, a memorial service was held Monday at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, where she served as the director of music.

It was one of many posts she held in Augusta, including president of the Augusta Opera Guild, dean of the American Guild of Organists Augusta Chapter and assistant director of the Augusta Collegium Musicum, founded by her brother, William F. Toole.

“We were very close all our lives,” he said. “Music kept us together. We started playing piano together at the same time. She was 7. I was 9.”

Toole remembers his sister as a dedicated musician who loved to mentor youth.

“She believed in musical excellence,” he said. “She had great technique at the keyboard. She practiced a great deal.”

Glover graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon, Ga., in 1949.

She later studied at Yale University, The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music.

Glover was the wife of the Rev. Mortimer W. Glover, an Episcopal priest, who died in 2009.

The two lived in New York and Indiana for many years before returning to Augusta in 1989.

“She loved Augusta,” Toole said. “She lived in New York for many years, but this was home to her.”

Upon her retirement from St. Augustine’s, Mayor Deke Copenhaver declared May 15, 2011, as “Eugenia Toole Glover Day” in Augusta.

“She was such a fine musician,” said Emily Remington, the founder and longtime music director of the Augusta Choral Society, which Glover accompanied at its founding in 1951.

“We learned a lot together,” Remington said. “I could not have accomplished what I did with the choral society if it was not for Eugenia. She was a rare musician and a rare friend.”


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