John Oliver, Founder
and Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood
Festival Chorus, Has Died
John Oliver, who founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus in 1970, and remained its sole conductor until his retirement in August 2015, died late last night in Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, following a long illness. Mr. Oliver was born to Marie and Frank Oliver on June 4, 1939, in Teaneck, N.J. He is survived by his cousins Helene Carskaddin, Janet Domerski, Lyn Neandross, Jerilyn Simpson, and Nancy Sorge, as well as his dear friends Joel Evans, James Soules, and Anthony St. George.
A private service will take place this week in the Berkshires. A concert in honor of Mr. Oliver's memory will be scheduled during the 2018 Tanglewood season. Further details will be forthcoming. Donations in John Oliver's memory can be made to the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus Fund.