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John Henry French, music educator. Certified lay professional church music. Finalist Stokowski Conducting Competition, 1978; grantee National Endowment of the Humanities, 1986, 89.


French, John Henry was born on July 17, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Sumner Ross and Mary (Penketh) French.


Bachelor of Music, Philadelphia College Performing Arts, 1977. Master of Music, Westminster Choir College, 1979. DMA, University Cincinnati, 1995.


Director music, 1st Presbyterian Church, Malvern, Pennsylvania, 1972-1975;director music, 1st Presbyterian Church, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, 1975-1978;director music, St. John's Lutheran Church, Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, 1978-1983;director music, Emmanual Lutheran Church, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1983-1988;director music, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1988-1992;director music, Church of the Trinity, Philadelphia, since 1992;from assistant professor music to William f. Heefner professor, Ursinus College, since 1979. Assistant conductor Mendelsohn Club, Philadelphia, since 1994.


  • Certified lay professional church music.


Member professional leadership service committee Southwest Pennsylvania Synod, Philadelphia, 1984-1988. Member American Choral Directors Association (treasurer Pennsylvania chapter 1989-1990, president elect 1990-1991, president 1990-1992), American Guild Organists, Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association (vice president 1985-1989, president 1989-1991), Philadelphia Guild Organists (executive committee 1988-1993, 96—).


Married Edwina Dunkle, July 27, 1975. Children: Rachael Amelia, Lydia Eve.

Sumner Ross French

Mary (Penketh) French

Edwina Dunkle

Rachael Amelia French

Lydia Eve French