J. Gerald Phillips, 85, composer of the first English setting of the Mass and many other works, died Monday at Leominster Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.
Mr. Phillips, of Fitchburg, worked briefly with the Trapp Family Singers and helped found Trivium School in Lancaster, and a choir school and a church organists’ guild. He was assistant editor for a sacred music publishing company, organist and choir director at several parishes and a music instructor who wrote his own textbook.
A Mass of Christian Burial is being celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton, where he was music director for several years, and was still playing for funerals up until a few weeks ago. Present and former members of Mr. Phillips’ choirs, and the Trivium Chorus, are expected to sing at his funeral.
His wake is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water Street, Clinton.