Woodworth, G(eorge) Wallace

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Woodworth, G(eorge) Wallace

Woodworth, G(eorge) Wallace, American choral conductor, organist, and music educator; b. Boston, Nov. 6, 1902; d. Cambridge, Mass., July 18,1969. He was educated at Harvard Univ. (B.A., 1924; M.A., 1926), then studied conducting with Malcolm Sargent at the Royal Coll. of Music in London (1927-28). In 1924 he joined the staff of the music dept. at Harvard, and was engaged as conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Soc; also led the Pierian Sodality Orch. of Harvard Univ. (1928-32) and the Harvard Glee Club (1933-38). In 1940 he was appointed organist and choirmaster for the Harvard Univ. Chapel. He was made James Edward Ditson Professor of Music at Harvard in 1954. He conducted the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus on its transcontinental U.S. tour in 1954, and took the Harvard Glee Club on its European tour in 1956. He retired in 1969. Woodworth publ. The World of Music (Cambridge, Mass., 1964).


L. Berman, ed., Words and Music: The Composer’s View: A Medley of Problems and Solutions in Honor of G.W. W.(Cambridge, 1972).

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