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Encyclopedia > William Ifor Jones

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Conductor and Organist

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Professional Career

With the Bethlehem Bach Choir: 1

  • 1939 - Ifor Jones, former professor at Rutgers University, debuts as the third Conductor of The Bach Choir.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem with Ifor Jones, conductor; Ruth Diehl, soprano; Lilian Knowles, contralto; Lucius Metz, tenor; Calvin Marsh, baritone; Edwin Steffe, bass; E. Power Biggs, organ; The Philadelphia Orchestra. Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 7th Avenue, occupying the east stretch of 7th Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... Bach redirects here. ... The Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) is a work of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Edward George Power Biggs (March 29, 1906 - March 10, 1977), but always known as E. Power Biggs, was one of the most influential classical organists of the twentieth century. ...

  • 1947 - An estimated 9,200 people attend a performance of The Mass in B Minor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Ifor Jones conducts The Choir and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • 1948 - The Choir records Cantata #78 for Victor Records.
  • 1956 - March 27th, Carnegie Hall. Johann Sebastian Bach - Mass in b minor

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem with Ifor Jones, conductor; Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Eunice Alberts, contralto; John McCollum, tenor; Mack Harrell, bass; Vernon De Tar, organ; The Philadelphia Orchestra. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Phyllis Curtin (born December 3, 1921) is an American soprano. ...

  • 1957 - The 50th Bach Festival is held. Ifor Jones opens the Thursday evening rehearsal to the community.
  • 1959 - The Bach Festival Orchestra premieres at the May Festival, replacing the Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • 1962 - The 55th Bach Festival is dedicated to Albert Schweitzer, with a letter from Schweitzer printed in the program.
  • 1965 - The Choir is invited to sing at the International Choral Festival in October, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Handel and Haydn Society in Symphony Hall, Boston.
  • 1969 - Ifor Jones retires; Alfred Mann, Professor of Music at Rutgers University and Editor of The American Choral Review, becomes the fourth Conductor of The Choir.

Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, (January 14, 1875 – September 4, 1965) was a German Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. ...

Undated curriculum vitae

Royal Academy of Music, London The Royal Academy of Music (sometimes abbreviated to RAM) is a music school in London, England and one of the leading music institutions in the world. ...

  • Organ study with Sir Stanley Marchant at St. Paul's Cathedral, London
  • Orchestral Conducting with Sir Henry Wood
  • Solfegge with Ernest Read

Opera House, Covent Garden, London

  • Repititeur
  • Assistant Conductor

The British National Opera Company

  • Conducting Staff

USA Organ Recital tour

New Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia, PA

The Tudor Singers, Bethlehem, PA

Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, MD

  • Orchestral and Choral Conducting
  • Keyboard Harmony; Counterpoint
  • Renaissance Music Scholarship

The Peabody Madrigal Group - The Peabody Choir

Rutgers University - Douglas College, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition
  • Glee Club
  • Performed complete Organ Works of JS Bach

Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, New York City

  • Conducting Courses for Choirmasters

The Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood

  • Orchestral and Choral Departments
  • Informal Madrigal groups

Summer School Workshops, Clinics and Seminars:

  • Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
  • Northwestern University, IL
  • Ohio State University, OH
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Puget Sound
  • and others

Organist / Choirmaster

  • Welsh Baptist Church, Castle Street, London
  • Presbyterian Church, Bound Brook, NJ
  • Broadway Tabernacle, New York City
  • Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA

The Handel Choir, Westfield, NJ

Bach Youth Chorale - Bethlehem, PA

The Cantata Singers in Quakertown, PA


  • Bach Cantatas (G. Schirmer, NY)
  • Bach 'Missa Brevis' in G (H.W. Gray, NY)
  • Brahms Part Songs, (C. Fischer, NY)
  • Original Pieces for Female and Mens' Voices (Kalmus)


  • The Bell telephone Hour - "Going to Bethlehem"


  • Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London
  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, London

Honorary Doctorates

  • The American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, IL
  • Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA



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