Paul Creston (1906-1985) was born in New York City and was one of the most well-known American composers of the mid-20th century. His work tends to be fairly conservative in style, with a strong rhythmic element. In addition to composing Creston was also organist at St. Malachy's Church (the Actor's Chapel) in New York City for 33 years. Creston states in his self-penned Creed, “I consider music, and more specifically the writing of it, as a spiritual practice.”
His 6th and final Symphony was commissioned for the 1982 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.