John Frederick Wolle Edit Profile
Graduate Moravian parochial school, 1879. Studied organ and counterpoint under Rheinberger, Munich, 1884-1885. Mus.Doc., Moravian College and Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, 1904, University of Pennsylvania, 1919, Princeton, 1925.
Mistress George Prescott Baker). Organist Moravian Church, Bethlehem, 1885-1905, Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University, 1887-1905. Professor music, University of California, 1905-1911.
Conductor University of California symphony concerts in the Greek Theatre. Organized Bach Choir, 1898. Gave first complete American performances of the St. John passion music, of Bach, the Mass in B minor, the Christmas oratorio, etc.
Gave organ concerts, Chicago Exposition, 1893, St. Louis Exposition, 1904. Reëstablished the Bach Festivals, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1911, later given annually. Played Bach’s “Art of Fugue” first time complete in America, April 15, 1928.
One of founders of American Guild of Organists. Member International Music Society Composer hymn tunes, anthems for chorus and orchestra, and transcriber for organ of compositions by Bach and Wagner. Home: Bethlehem, Pa.
Member International Music Society.
Married Jennie Creveling Stryker, July 21, 1886.