John Harms

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Please note that this bio was last published in the 1979 or 1980 City Calendar
It may be seriously out of date, and appreciates any contribution to update it.

John Harms

John Harms
Born 1907
Savannah, GA
Died Mar 31, 1981
Nationality American
Occupation Musician
Home town Englewood, NJ
Known for Organist/Choral Dir./Impresario
Spouse(s) Iona Harms

John Harms - was executive director, John Harms Concerts, lnc., founder of the North Jersey Cultural Council, noted Bergen County impresario, and organizer of the John Harms Englewood Plaza for the Performing Arts. Beginning in 1947, he single handedly brought leading artists and orchestras to Bergen County. He was director of music at Trinity School in NYC for 22 years and at the N.Y. Cultural Center for 8 years. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, in 1979 he celebrated his 60th year as a church organist. He has taught at the Juilliard School of Music and in 1978 (Spring) was awarded the Founders Community Service Award from F.D.U. The John Harms Chorus, organized in 1940, has performed with the New York Philharmonic, in addition to many appearances at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall, presenting over 300 concerts and 2000 soloists. He was most noted locally for raising the funds to purchase and renovate the Englewood Plaza which had its gala opening February 1978. [1]


  1. Staff Writer. "1979 City of Englewood Calendar". Calendar. City of Englewood.