John Finney

Director of Music

John Finney, Music Director and Organist since 1984, is widely praised as a musician of great vitality and versatility. He holds degrees in organ performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and The Boston Conservatory. He has served on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory and taught for six years at the Academy for Early Music in Bressanone, Italy. John has an extremely active career as a choral conductor and organist. He is the Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster of the world-renowned Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, and has 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. Since 1993, John has been the conductor of the 160-voice University Chorale of Boston College. He has directed the Boston College Chorale 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. John is also music director of the Heritage Chorale, a 90-member mixed voice classical chorus based in Framingham.