Selected Writings of John Finley Williamson

by Joseph G. Beck



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/14/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781418404611
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781418404598

About the Book

About the Author

John Finley Williamson, born 1887, died 1964, was the founder  of Westminster Choir and co-founder of Westminster Choir College.  Dr. Williamson is considered one of the most influential choral conductors of the twentieth century.  He was described by the New York Times as the “dean of American choral directors”. 

Under his leadership the Westminster choir was the first American choir to tour internationally, winning acclaim worldwide.  Westminster Choir performed and recorded with major symphony orchestras with conductors Toscanini, Walter,  Stokowski, Von Karajan, Bernstein and others.

The College Dr. Williamson founded in 1926 recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.  This volume includes a 75 year discography of the Westminister Choir and various articles and lectures by Dr. Williamson.


Joseph G. Beck

Dr. Beck is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and was a student of John Finley Williamson.  He earned a Master of Arts in Voice from Kent State University and a Doctor of Education from St. Louis University. 

Dr. Beck is President of JGB Productions Inc, a film and video company and has taught choral and vocal music at Kent State University, Mount Union College, Webster, St. Louis and Maryville universities. 

In addition he has been a choral/vocal reviewer for The American Music Teacher Magazine and is a contributor to The Choral Journal.