David Griggs-Janower, conductor, was Director of Choral Music and Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York from 1981 until 2013. He was also the Founding Conductor and Artistic Director of Albany Pro Musica. He was graduated from Cornell University where he studied music theory and music history. He was awarded the Doctor of Music degree in conducting from the Indiana University School of Music where he studied with Dr. Julius Herford, Fiora Contino, and Margaret Hillis. He had been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and visiting artist/guest conductor at Williams College, Cornell University, and Skidmore College. Dr. Griggs-Janower was a staff member of the Aspen Music Festival Choral Institute for ten seasons and the Oregon Bach Festival under Helmuth Rilling for seven summers.
Dr. Griggs-Janower was also the music director of the Berkshire Bach Society in Great Barrington, the first conductor and a frequent guest conductor of the St. Cecilia Orchestra, and the choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Albany. He had been a guest conductor of the Albany Symphony, the Albany Mendelssohn Club, the Guilderland and Niskayuna High School District Choral Festivals, and the First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Dr. Griggs-Janower appeared as conductor or clinician at eight ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conventions, two NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) summer conferences, and one NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization) conference. He conducted several Area-All State and All-County Choral Festivals throughout New York state and the NYACDA/NYSSMA Directors Chorus.
Troy Chromatics and the Capital Region Center for the Arts each bestowed their annual arts award on Dr. Griggs-Janower in 2009. He was named Outstanding Conductor of the Year by the NYS American Choral Directors Association in 2003. In 2002, he was the first recipient of the University at Albany faculty award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity, and later was given the same award by the statewide University, having been so-distinguished from faculty at all 64 campuses. He received the Albany-Schenectady League of Arts Award for his outstanding contribution to the Capital Region community. With Albany Pro Musica and with his University Chamber Singers, Dr. Griggs-Janower produced numerous CD recordings and led concert tours to Europe, Central America, and Canada. He also led the UAlbany University-Community Chorale.
Working meticulously over several years, David Griggs-Janower undertook the massive task of editing the manuscript of Bristow's Oratorio of Daniel from microfilm, which was tucked away in the New York Public Library, making a modern performing edition. Part I of The Oratorio of Daniel was performed in 1995 at the University at Albany as part of its tricentennial celebrations. Daniel was performed in its entirety for the first time since 1878 by Albany Pro Musica under the direction of Griggs-Janower in 1997. His critical and performing edition of Bristow's 1866 oratorio was published in 1999 by A-R Editions in its prestigious Recent Researches in American Music series. The work received two performances in 2004-2005, one in Germany, and Albany Pro Musica’s CD of the work was aired on Raleigh, North Carolina public radio in February 2004. He was also working on another of Bristow's works, Praise to God.