James Thomas Quarles was a 20th-century American organist, educator, and academic.[1] He was National President of both the Music Teachers National Association and music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.[2] In his long tenure he taught at Lindenwood University, Cornell University, and the University of Missouri.[3] He was the founding dean of the University of Missouri School of Fine Arts.[4] In 1905 he wrote one of Cornell's school songs "Cornell Hymn"[5] In the 1920s he edited a compilation of Missouri school songs and was advisor to the Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

For a time Annie White Baxter served as his secretary.[6]


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  2. ^ http://members.mtna.org/Conference/MTNAConferenceHistory.pdf
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  5. ^ "Songs of Cornell". google.com. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Lawrence O. Christensen; William E. Foley; Gary Kremer (October 1999). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. University of Missouri Press. pp. 43–. ISBN 978-0-8262-6016-1.