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Westminster Choir

Westminster Choir College (WCC) is a historic conservatory of music currently operating on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Rider's College of Arts and Sciences, the college under which the historic institution has been reorganized, consists of Westminster Choir College as well as three additional schools.

The Choir College was previously an independent school, located first in Dayton, Ohio (1926–1929), then Ithaca, New York (1929–1932), and for most of its history in Princeton, New Jersey (1932–2020). It merged with Rider University in 1992, continuing to occupy the historic campus in Downtown Princeton. Rider University controversially attempted to monetize and sell the school in 2019, an issue under ongoing litigation by numerous plaintiffs. After a failed sale to Kaiwen Education Technology (formerly Jiansu Zhongtai Steel Structure Company), a for-profit enterprise owned solely by the Chinese government, Rider abandoned the Princeton campus and moved Westminster's programs to the University's main campus in Lawrenceville.

WCC educates students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in music education, voice performance, pedagogy, music theory, composition, conducting, and sacred music. Professional training in musical skills with an emphasis on performance is complemented by studies in the liberal arts. The school's proximity to New York City and Philadelphia provides students with easy access to the musical resources of both cities.

Birth and Death Data: Born Founded 1920

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: Vocal group

Notes: Victor ledgers state the address of the choir as "The Westminster Choir School - c/o John Finley Williamson of Princeton, N.J."

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor MS-75055 16-in. 2/8/1933 Westminster Choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, with announcements Vocal group  
Victor MS-75056 16-in. 2/8/1933 Westminster Choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, with announcements Vocal group  
Victor BS-010300 10-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor BS-010301 10-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor CS-010302 12-in. 5/20/1937 Symphony for voices on poems of Walt Whitman Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor CS-010303 12-in. 5/20/1937 Symphony for voices on poems of Walt Whitman Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor CS-010304 12-in. 5/20/1937 Symphony for voices on poems of Walt Whitman Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor CS-010305 12-in. 5/20/1937 Symphony for voices on poems of Walt Whitman Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor CS-010306 12-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Victor CS-010307 12-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied Vocal group  
Decca L 11566 6/11/1959 Glorious is Thy name Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11567 6/11/1959 Soul of Christ Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11568 6/11/1959 Holy, Holy, Holy Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11569 6/11/1959 I will lift up mine eyes Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11570 6/11/1959 Of the light of the dawn Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11571 6/11/1959 If Thou but suffer God Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11572 6/11/1959 For Thine is the Kingdom Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11573 6/11/1959 Open wide our hearts Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11574 6/11/1959 Where shall I come before the Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11575 6/11/1959 Hallelujah, amen Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11576 6/11/1959 I sing the mighty power of God Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11577 6/11/1959 May the words of my mouth Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11578 6/11/1959 Sheep and lambs Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11579 6/11/1959 If God be for us Westminster Choir Vocal group  
Decca L 11580 6/11/1959 Spirit divine attend our pray Westminster Choir Vocal group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Westminster Choir," accessed May 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103273.

Westminster Choir. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103273.

"Westminster Choir." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103273

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