- Jonas Westover
(b Jamaica, VT, Jan 11, 1848; d Toronto, Canada, May 31, 1913). American educator, organist, conductor, and administrator. He obtained his early training in Worcester, Massachusetts, and studied with Eugene Thayer, Julius Eichberg, and Joseph Sharland at the New England Conservatory in Boston. As a young man, he also held several positions as organist and pianist in and around the Boston area. Fisher travelled to Berlin in 1874, where he studied with Albert Loeschhorn and C. A. Haupt. He returned to North America in 1875, moving to Canada, where he would become one of the most important figures in that country’s musical history. At first, Fisher was the music director of the Ottawa Ladies’ College, Whitby, but by 1879 he took the position of choirmaster and organist at the Church of St Andrew, in Toronto, where he conducted for over twenty years. He eventually expanded the St Andrew’s Choral Society into the Toronto Choral Society. His most noted achievement, however, was the establishment of the Toronto Conservatory of Music (now the Royal Conservatory of Music) in ...