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Werner Eric Josten, German composer, conductor. Recipient publication award Juilliard Museum Foundation, 1931, 38; violin sonata chosen for performance Internat Music Festival, London, 1938; concerto sacro II tape recorded for archives Koussevitsky Foundation, 1959.


Josten, Werner Eric was born on June 12, 1885 in Elberfeld, Germany. Son of Wilhelm F. and Selma (Bergmann) Josten.


Student under Siegel and Dalcroze. Doctor of Music, Colby College, 1957.


Engaged in business, but after 5 years changed to music. Lived in Munich and Paris engaged as conductor, then in New York City, 1920-1923. Professor music Smith College, 1923-1949.

Conductor joint Amherst and Smith College Orchestra. Director opera festivals, Northampton. 1st American stage performances of works by Monteverdi, Handel and Fux.

Conductor Pioneer Valley Orchestra, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 1947-1950.


Member League Composers (composers committee), A.S.C.A.P., Society Publication American Music (director), National Association American Composers and Conductors. Club: Bohemians (New York City). Compositions include choral and orchestral works, ballets, chamber music, songs, among which are Concerto Sacro I and II (played by Boston and Philadelphia orchestras), motet Crucifixion (Schola Cantorum), Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (Worchester Festival), Symphony in F (Boston Orchestra), Symphony for Strings (Saratoga Music Festival), Jungle (Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia orchestras), ballet Joseph and his Brethren (Juilliard school and Philadelphia Orchestra).


Married Margaret B. Fatman, December, 1920. Children: Peter W., Eileen S. Came to the United States, 1920, naturalized, 1933.

Wilhelm F. Josten

Selma (Bergmann) Josten

Margaret B. Fatman

Peter W. Josten

Eileen S. Came to the United States Josten

1920 Josten

naturalized Josten

1933 Josten