John Finley Williamson

John Finley Williamson (June 23, 1887 in Canton, Ohio – May 28, 1964 in Toledo, Ohio) was the founder of Westminster Choir and co-founder of Westminster Choir College. He is considered to be 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." He was a 1925 initiate of the Alpha Theta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity, the national fraternity for men in music, at Miami University.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 23rd, 1887 (Canton), Died May 28th, 1964 (Toledo)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: choral director

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-33793 12-in. 11/17/1925 The shepherd's story Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor CVE-33794 12-in. 11/17/1925 Going home Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-33865 10-in. 11/11/1925 Jesus, friend of sinners Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-33866 10-in. 11/11/1925 Praise to the Lord Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-36780 10-in. 11/30/1926 Bless the Lord, O my soul Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-36781 10-in. 11/30/1926 Beautiful savior Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus and soloist, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-36782 10-in. 11/30/1926 Crucifixus Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-36783 10-in. 11/30/1926 The three kings Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus and soloist, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-36784 10-in. 11/30/1926 Hodie Christus natus est Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-36785 10-in. 11/30/1926 Celestial voices Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BVE-36786 10-in. 11/30/1926 Jesus, lover of my soul Dayton Westminster Choir Vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor MS-75055 16-in. 2/8/1933 Westminster Choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, with announcements choral director  
Victor MS-75056 16-in. 2/8/1933 Westminster Choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, with announcements choral director  
Victor BS-010300 10-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BS-010301 10-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
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 choral director  
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 choral director  
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 choral director  
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 choral director  
Victor CS-010306 12-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor CS-010307 12-in. 5/20/1937 Motet for double choir Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied choral director  
Victor BS-017721 10-in. 12/15/1937 When Johnny comes marching home Dayton Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus choral director  
Victor BS-017722 10-in. 12/15/1937 Water boy Dayton Westminster Choir ; John Finley Williamson Mixed vocal chorus choral director  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Williamson, John Finley," accessed July 30, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109285.

Williamson, John Finley. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109285.

"Williamson, John Finley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109285

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