John Finley Williamson, born
1887, died 1964, was the founder of Westminster Choir and co-founder of
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
and was a student of John Finley Williamson.
He earned a Master of Arts in Voice from Kent
and a Doctor of Education from St. Louis
Dr. Beck is President of JGB
Productions Inc, a film and video company and has taught choral and vocal music
at Kent State
Webster, St. Louis and Maryville
In addition he has been a
choral/vocal reviewer for The American Music Teacher Magazine and is a
contributor to The Choral Journal.