David Griggs-Janower, who founded Albany Pro Musica in 1981 and was a longtime professor of music at UAlbany, died on Sunday afternoon (August 25) at a nursing home in Guilderland. He was 60 years old.
Griggs-Janower served as director and conductor of APM until March of this year, when he suffered a major stroke while undergoing surgery for bone cancer.
For more than 30 years, he was a staunch supporter of the Capital Region music and arts scene, and during his long musical career in the area he also worked with a number of different organizations, including the University Chamber Singers at UAlbany, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Club, Albany’s First Presbyterian Church Choir, the Guilderland and Niskayuna High School District Choral Festivals, the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, the Berkshire Bach Society and the St. Cecilia Orchestra.
UPDATE (8/28/13): Family and friends are invited to gather from 4-7pm on Thursday (August 29) at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady. A memorial celebration will also be held at 11am on Friday (August 30) at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy.