America's Choral Ambassador - John Finley Williamson
By Dr. Joseph G. Beck, Westminster alumnus from the Class of 1959
Written by Westminster alumnus Dr. Joseph G. Beck ‘59, this engaging book focuses on the life and work of John Finley Williamson, founder of Westminster Choir College. One of America’s choral pioneers, Dr. Williamson was renowned for his charismatic teaching of choral and vocal techniques, and he helped revive singing in America’s churches and schools at a time when it was in decline.
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“All of art must come from the heart. This must be true because the quality that makes art endure is the spiritual value that must be in art. The art that comes most quickly from the heart and speaks most readily to the heart is the art of music – in particular the art of solo and choral singing.”
---- J. F. Williamson, Lecture, Summer, 1959