Tracy Y. Cannon

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Tracy Y. Cannon
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Personal details
Born Tracy Young Cannon
(1879-07-23)July 23, 1879
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died November 6, 1961(1961-11-06) (aged 82)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Notable works Editor of the 1927 LDS Church hymnal
The Organist's Manual
Spouse(s) Elsie P. J. Riter
Lettie Taylor
Carol Hinckley
Children Tracy T. Cannon
Melvin C. Cannon
Ralph T. Cannon
Judith Cannon
Frances Cannon
Rose A. Cannon
Emerson T. Cannon
Parents George Q. Cannon
Caroline Young
Awards Honorary Master of Music degree from the Chicago Music College

Tracy Young Cannon (July 23, 1879 – November 6, 1961) was an American Latter-day Saint musician, composer, and musicologist.

Early life[edit]

Cannon was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. He was the son of George Q. Cannon and his wife Caroline Young.

Cannon joined the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the age of 15.[1] Cannon became the director of the Cannon Ward choir at age 16. He studied piano composition under John J. McClellan. He later studied in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Berlin, Paris, New York City, and Chicago. In New York City he studied with Pietro Yon, organist of St. Patrick's Cathedral. He received an honorary Master of Music degree from the Chicago Music College in 1930.[1]

Leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit]

In 1909, Cannon became assistant organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He served in this position for 21 years. In 1930, Cannon served as the organist for the presentation of The Message of the Ages.[1]

In 1920, Cannon was appointed to the General Music Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1939, he was made second assistant to Melvin J. Ballard, supervisor of the committee.[1]

From 1915 to 1927, Cannon was a member of the high council of the Pioneer Stake of the LDS Church.[2] In 1917, he became a member of the Deseret Sunday School Union General Board. From 1930 through 1936, Cannon was bishop of the Cannon Ward in Salt Lake City.[2]

Cannon was an editor of the 1927 LDS Church hymnal.[2]

In 1925, Cannon was appointed director of the McCune School of Music and Art. He served in this position until 1950.[1]

Cannon wrote The Organist's Manual.[1]


In the 1985 English edition of the LDS hymnal, the following hymns are by Cannon:

  • 9 "Come, Rejoice" (Words and music)
  • 20 "God of Power, God of Right" (music)
  • 73 "Praise the Lord with Heart and Voice" (words and music)
  • 161 "The Lord Be with Us" (music)
  • 167 "Come, Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn" (music)
  • 234 "Jesus, Mighty King in Zion" (music)
  • 288 "How Beautiful Thy Temples, Lord" (music)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cornwall, J. Spencer. Stories of Our Mormon Hymns. (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1975) p. 4-5
  2. ^ a b c Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Press, 1936) 4:208