Werner Janssen, who was music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1939, died Wednesday at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital. He was 91.
Mr. Janssen was the first American-born conductor to lead the New York Philharmonic and later an active film composer and champion of contemporary music on the West Coast.
Mr. Janssen was born in New York and attended Dartmouth College and the New England Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting in Europe with Felix Weingartner and Hermann Scherchen and composition with Ottorino Respighi.