December 17, 2016

Constance Fee, President of Alumni Association of Westminster Choir College of Rider University
609-375-8985 constance@savewestminster.org

Mona Davids, Freshman Parent
646-872-7149 mona@savewestminster.org

Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton Formed

PRINCETON, NJ — Westminster Choir College alumni, parents, and students have come together to form the Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton.  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, and 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 and is conducting a study of the feasibility of merging the two campuses into one on the Lawrenceville campus.  The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton vehemently opposes the move, and believes that there is no realistic plan which could accommodate the needs of Westminster Choir College in a new location, nor the available funds to provide for such a move. They 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 participation of the Rider Students Union, the Alumni Association of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and many others, the Coalition is just beginning its campaign, and is committed to moving ahead purposefully and quickly.  Students from both campuses gathered to create a student chapter of the Coalition on December 15.  For more information, please go to www.savewestminster.org