Schneider, Johann Julius



Excellent pianist and organist and a composer. Was born in Berlin. He studied piano of Ludwig Berger, August Wilhelm Bach and Türrschmidt, composition with Bernhard Klein and organ with Hausmann. In 1829 he founded a Liedertafel and was made organist and cantor of the Friedrichwerder Church, where he established a liturgical choir in 1852. In 1835 he became teacher of singing at the Municipal Industrial School, a position he held twenty-three years, n 1837 he became Royal Music Director, and in 1854 he was teacher of composition, singing and organ at the Royal Institute for Church-Music. In 1869 he was made Royal inspector of organs. He founded a choral society for mixed voices in 1836, and in 1844 he began three years of conductorship of the Potsdam Society for Classical Chamber-Music. His compositions include a mass; Te Deum; psalms; the oratorios, Die Heilige Nacht, and Luther; cantatas for various festivals and celebrations, and other music.