MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

JOHN FINNEY

HERITAGE CHORALE
Music Director and Conductor

Since his appointment in 1987, John has directed the Heritage Chorale's musical pursuits with the same vitality, versatility, and skill that he's demonstrated in all his varied professional activities. He has conducted the Chorale in acclaimed performances of major choral works, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Beethoven's Mass in C, Orff's Carmina Burana, and the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Fauré and Duruflé, as well as in Pops programs of lighter music each concert season.

He has brought unique musical experiences to the MetroWest area. As recently as March 2015, in a collaboration with the celebrated bluegrass ensemble Monroe Crossing, he led the Chorale in Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. In November of 2015, he produced another collaborative program, this time with the internationally acclaimed VOICES Boston in the performance of a 70th Birthday Tribute to the English composer John Rutter.

John has directed the Heritage Chorale during its three international concert tours, to Europe in July 2010 (with concerts in Prague and Vienna), to Canada in July 2012 (with concerts in Montréal and Québec City), and to Ireland in July 2015 (with concerts in Galway, Derry, and Dublin).

BOSTON COLLEGE
Senior Lecturer
Distinguished Artist-in-Residence
Director of the University Chorale of Boston College
Director of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra

For decades, Boston College music programs have benefited from John's skills as educator, musician, and conductor. Since 1993, he has conducted the 160-voice University Chorale of Boston College here in Massachusetts, and on concert tours in major cities throughout the world, including Rome, Prague, Vienna, Madrid, and Dublin. In 1999, he was appointed Conductor of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra and given the title of Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Boston College. The Boston College Symphony Orchestra has performed such major symphonic works as Beethoven's Symphony #5, Dvorak's "New World" Symphony and Copland's Lincoln Portrait. In November 2012, John conducted the University Chorale and the Boston College Symphony Orchestra in two standing-room-only performances of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. The following year, he again conducted both groups as part of the celebratory concert in observance of the 150th anniversary of Boston College.

HANDEL & HAYDN SOCIETY
Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster

As the Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster of the world-renowned Handel & Haydn Society in Boston for 24 years, John directed many of the Society’s performances at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall, including Handel's Messiah in 1997 and 2004.

WELLESLEY HILLS CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Organist and Director of Music

Beginning in 1984, John has been Organist and Director of Music at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church.

Organist and Educator

He holds degrees in organ performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and The Boston Conservatory, served on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, and taught for six years at the Academy for Early Music in Bressanone, Italy. Since July 2013, he has also performed as conductor and principal keyboardist for the acclaimed Blue Hill Bach Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.