John Finney, Music Director and Conductor
John Finney, conductor of the Heritage Chorale, is widely praised as a musician of great vitality and versatility. Since his appointment in 1987, he has conducted the Heritage Chorale in acclaimed performances of major choral works, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Beethoven's Mass in C, Orff's Carmina Burana, and the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Fauré and Duruflé.
Mr. Finney has an extremely active career as a choral conductor and organist. Since 1993, he 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. For 24 years, he was the Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster of the world-renowned Handel + Haydn Society in Boston, having 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 July 2013, he has performed as principal keyboardist and conductor for the acclaimed Blue Hill Bach Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
Mr. Finney has been Organist and Director of Music at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church since 1984. 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.