(b Le Puy, 1914; d Dijon, 1992). Fr.-born choral conductor (Amer. cit.). Son of org. of Dijon Cath. Taken to USA at age of 7. Org. and choirmaster, Church of St Ambrose, Los Angeles, at 12. Mus. dir., St Joseph's Church, Los Angeles, 1937. Founded Roger Wagner Chorale 1946, which toured widely and won high reputation as one of the finest Amer. choirs. Head of mus. dept., Marymount Coll., Los Angeles, 1951–66. Dir., choral mus., UCLA 1959–81. Authority on Desprès. Papal Knight 1966.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.