Westminster Choir College alumni, parents, students, donors and friends have come together to form the The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Inc. The group’s mission is to keep Westminster Choir College of Rider University at its current location in Princeton, New Jersey. Both Westminster’s international stature and world-class reputation, as well as its rigorous, residential conservatory experience are uniquely tied to its historic Princeton campus.
The Westminster Symphonic Choir has performed hundreds of times and made many recordings with the principal orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Atlanta. Conductors of the choir have included Bernstein, Ormandy, Steinberg, Stokowski, Toscanini and Walter, and such contemporary figures as Nézet-Séguin, Gilbert, Chailly, Leinsdorf, Levine, Macal, Masur, Muti, Ozawa, Sawallisch, Shaw, and Wolff. The choir has also received numerous invitations over the years to sing with such touring orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Vienna Philharmonic when these orchestras have come to perform in New York and Philadelphia.
Rider University is currently considering selling the Princeton campus, which would effectively end the 90-year existence of this unique national treasure. The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton vehemently opposes this action. We believe that the future of the institution is in jeopardy, and that leadership has not adequately considered alternatives, demonstrated wise stewardship of the university’s resources, or effectively maintained transparent and open communication between Rider University and Westminster Choir College.
With the support of the Rider University chapter of the American Association of University Professors and many others, the Coalition is committed to protecting the heritage and ensuring the future of Westminster Choir College in Princeton.