Born: April 3, 1857, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Died: December 26, 1937, at his home in Manhattan, New York.
Buried: Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey.
Stubbs was the son of Emilia Houghton and Alfred E. Stubbs, rector of Christ Church, New Brunswick.
He began his studies in 1867 with Henry Cutler, organist of Trinity Parish, New York City. He later studied with George Le Jeune, choirmaster of old St. John’s Chapel, Trinity Parish, for 29 years. He later married Le Jeune’s sister Maude.
Stubbs graduated from Rutgers University, New Jersey, in 1878, then lived several years in Connecticut, where he was said to have organized the first boy’s choir in that state.
He was serving as organist at Mount Calvary Church, Baltimore, Maryland, around 1881. About 1886, he became choir master at St. James Protestant Episcopal Church, New York City.
In 1892 he became organist and choir master at St. Agnes’ Chapel, Trinity Parish, New York, where he served 45 years (121–147 West 91st Street; church was demolished in 1940s).
He also advised Canon Walter Stowe during the search process for a new musician for Christ Church in 1930.
He later taught music at the General Theological Seminary in New York City for 13 years.
The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, conferred a Doctor of Music degree on Stubbs in 1906.