Westminster Choir College

The most renowned college for music worldwide

The Westminster Choir College welcomes Sing'n'Joy Princeton 2017

Sing'n'Joy Princeton

From February 16-20, 2017 the American city Princeton, New Jersey, will become a meeting point of the international choral community. In the world of choral singing this city, located close to New York, is well known as the home town of the Westminster Choir College, one of the world's leading music conservatories. During the festival Sing'n'Joy Princeton INTERKULTUR offers numerous concerts, competitions and an intercultural exchange between choirs and notable choral experts in cooperation with the Westminster Choir College.

The Westminster Choir College belongs to the most renowned training centers for music , choir singing, conducting and playing instruments worldwide. Famous conductors and musicians, such as World Choir Council member Aida Swenson (Indonesia), music teacher and composer Helen Kemp (USA) or music director and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Canada) received their training at this institution. Altogether the college counts about 5000 graduates from 49 nations and 31 countries.

The history of the noted college started in 1920. At that time the conductor and musician John Finley Williamson founded the Westminster Choir. Four years later, in 1926, the Westminster Choir College was established in Dayton, Ohio. William headed the college until 1958. Since 1934 this institution is located in Princeton. In 1992 the Westminster Choir College merged with the Rider University in order to offer students an even more comprehensive range of courses. But the college is not only famous for being a top-class training center for music but also for its huge library, which possesses a wide scope of literature regarding music, specialized music books, scores and audio recordings.

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Apart from the musical major subjects students have the opportunity to excel at eight different ensembles such as the Westminster Symphonic Choir. The choir performed with well-known orchestras from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Joint concerts such as with the Berlin Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Vienna Philharmonic belong to the highlights of the choir's history. Under the direction of well-known conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy and William Steinberg a variety of recordings has been created.

The Westminster choirs belong to the most famous ensembles in the USA and feature over 180 commercial recordings. During the opening concert of Sing'n'Joy Princeton the ensembles of the Westminster Choir College will give proof of their world class.

More information regarding the Sing'n'Joy Princeton Festival can be found at the event website.