John Finney has long been recognized as a leading figure in the Boston early music scene. He is the Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Boston College, where he serves as Conductor of both the University Chorale and the Boston College Symphony Orchestra. He is Director of Music at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. He previously served as Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society (for 24 years), and as Conductor of the Heritage Chorale in Framingham (for 34 years). He taught for six years at the Academy for Early Music in Bressanone, Italy. Finney holds degrees in organ performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and The Boston Conservatory. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to choral music in New England, he received the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 from Choral Arts New England.