Westminster Choir College had its earliest roots in Dayton, Ohio. Originally it was at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1920. In 1932, Westminster Choir College finally moved to Princeton, New Jersey. The college has stood as a national institution for 85 years. It is threatened by the same attrition and cultural decline that has taken down many institutions. As the culture of art and music has been drifting away from classical roots, it has become more and more difficult to maintain the high standard of education and dissemination of artistic beauty. The expected outcome of all this is not difficult to see.
Rider University of Trenton, New Jersey, is now in process of trying to find another institution to buy Westminster Choir College. Hopefully, they can find a way to accomplish survival of this icon. The failure of this endeavor could necessitate boarding up the famous bulwark of beauty and learning.
To Be a Student at Westminster Choir College was a Privilege
I was a student there in the ’70’s. It’s almost impossible to provide a reasonable, scientifically and historically sound argument for the value of classical music. This argument causes getting into the all too common space of human preference. None of us has the real right to judge another’s preference, do we? Nevertheless, I became a far more discerning and capable musician as a diredt result of my years a Westminster Choir College.
Over the last forty plus years, I have painstakingly crafted a theory of Creation. That theory gives credence to the idea that music written according to the cosmic rules of harmony, rhythm and beauty can be scientifically isolated and proven. The next step could easily be to document music as the raw material of Creation. The outcome of my work is unifying. It brings together elements of language, science, theology and music. This provides for an intelligent discussion about the presence and necessity of music in our lives. Good music does not defy the beauty and order of the Creator God Himself. In fact, it enhances the deeper study of musical reason and beauty. I learned this at Westminster Choir College.
To Loose the Impact of Westminster Choir College Would Be Tragic
There are caveats! In the first place, one must be able to understand why the loss of great music would be tragic. Secondly, one should be able to understand the connection between great music and the grand scheme of Creation and music. Thirdly, a clear understanding of the origins of music is imperative to understanding all of this. Westminster Choir College is one of the finest and most reverenced of all music schools where these values were taught.
Gaining insight to these ideas is a journey that must be explored, examined and talked about. Friends of Westminster Choir College and Freehold Township High School talk with me. Let me know how you feel about this troubling event. Check my web-site, jettieharris.com for more information as this journey unfolds.
You can get more information from the Rider University site, and then let them know how you feel, as well.