Professor Dr. David Griggs-Janower
In the words of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan D. Phillips:
"I am deeply saddened to report the passing of Dr. David Janower, professor in the Department of Music. David was a true ambassador of the University at Albany, both in his 30 years of teaching as well as his directorship of the University Chamber Singers and University-Community Chorale.
Arriving at UAlbany in 1981, David quickly became a respected and beloved colleague to faculty and staff, and was a cherished mentor to legions of students. In 2002, he became the first recipient of the University at Albany faculty award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity, and later was awarded the same designation by the State University of New York.
Working with the University Chamber Singers, David produced numerous recordings and led the group on concert tours to Europe, Central America, and Canada. Along with the University-Community Chorale, his singers gave several yearly concerts and enhanced many UAlbany events over the years. Tremendously civic-minded, David also led the Chamber Singers in numerous free concerts at area retirement homes.
David will be remembered for advancing culture throughout the region. Upon his arrival in Albany, he created Albany Pro Musica, a choral group which delivered high quality performances for the enjoyment and enrichment of the region’s citizens. He was a frequent guest conductor for many other local musical institutions, including the Albany Symphony and Albany Mendelssohn Club, as well as the Guilderland and Niskayuna High School District Choral Festivals. He conducted at many statewide and national choral festivals and, among his many honors, was named Outstanding Conductor of the Year by the NYS American Choral Directors Association in 2003.
David was also a notable scholar in his field, undertaking over many years the massive task of editing the manuscript of Bristow's Oratorio of Daniel, which had been tucked away on microfilm in the New York Public Library, in order to create a modern performing edition. Part I of the oratorio was performed in 1995 at the University as part of its Sesquicentennial celebration.
The entire University community recognizes, admires, and appreciates David’s example and service. He enriched our community in ways that will provide a legacy of excellence for years to come."
To view the program for David's memorial celebration, please click here. (To read the reflections given by speakers Karen Hitchcock, Margery Whiteman, Rex Smith, and Marion Roach Smith, please click on their names within the program.)
Articles by Professor David Janower:
"Notes on Handel's Messiah"
"Rescued from the Fiery Furnace: George Frederick Bristow's Oratorio of Daniel"
"The Choral Works of William Grant Still"
"Franz Joseph Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass"
"Schubert's Sacred Works in Chronological Order"
"Tutti or Not Tutti? The Use of Concertists in Bach's Mass in B Minor"
"Bruckner's E Minor Mass Editions and Errata"
"Berlioz Requiem: Editions"