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List of Choral Directors

This is a list of choral directors whose recordings we carry in our extensive catalog. These choral directors are conductors of the many of the finest choirs performing choral music around the world today. These choir directors are of university, college, community and professional choirs and include a wide variety of styles and genres.


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Jester Hairston

Actor, Musician. An arranger, composer, traveling choir leader, actor and story teller, his career took him all over the world. Best remebered for his TV role as Rolly Forbes on the TV show "Amen." The grandson of slaves, he was born in 1901 in Belews Creek, North Carolina. A star athlete in high school and college, he graduated as a Cum Laude music major from Tufts University and then furthered his studies at Julliard School of Music in New York.

In 1936 he came to Hollywood with Hall Johnson to help with arranging the chorous music for "Green Pastures." In 1937 he became a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild. In 1943 he formed his own choir and arranged the choral background music for many of Hollywood's outstanding films, among them "Carmen Jones." As an actor he played a number of character roles on television and motion pictures. He played on "Amos and Andy" for 15 years and also played 'Wildcat' on the 1970s TV show "That's My Mama." He died in Los Angeles one year before reaching his 100th birthday.


Rosalind Hall

Rosalind Hall is the current director of the BYU Men's Chorus and BYU Concert Choir.

Hall is a native of Wales. She was educated at the University of London, the University of Edinburgh and London's Royal Academy of Music. She received a bachelors of music degree from the Royal Academy in 1977.

Hall came to the US in 1989 to study at Brigham Young University (BYU). While she was a grad student she also directed the BYU Women's Chorus. Hall received her Masters of music degree in 1993 from BYU. From 1992-1999 she was chair of the music department at Waterford School. She has been the director of the BYU Men's Chorus and Concert Choir since Mack Wilberg became an assistant director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the fall of 1999. In addition to conducting these two choirs at BYU, Hall teaches undergraduate courses in choral conducting and graduate courses in choral literature at the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications.


Paul Halley

Paul Halley was born in Romford, England in 1952, received his early musical training in Ottawa, Canada, and at the age of sixteen was made an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Having been awarded the organ scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, Halley received his M.A., and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

From 1977 to 1989, Paul Halley was Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City. He transformed the Cathedral's music programme into a rich combination of classical and contemporary music. He was also a principal member of the Paul Winter Consort, and earned three Grammy Awards for his contributions as a featured writer and performer on many Consort recordings. Halley's music has been performed and recorded by many notable artists and ensembles, including the New Jersey Symphony, and John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.


Gerre Hancock

Gerre Hancock, one of America's most highly acclaimed concert organists and choral directors, has recently been appointed to the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin where he is developing a curriculum for the study of Sacred Music. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Hancock held the position of Organist and Master of Choristers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, where, for more than thirty years he set a new standard for church music in America. Previous to his time at Saint Thomas Church, he held positions as Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, where he also served on the Artist Faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and as Assistant Organist at St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City.

Dr. Hancock received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas and his Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York from which he received the Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award. A recipient of a Rotary Foundation Fellowship, he also studied in Paris and during this time was a finalist at the Munich International Music Competitions.


Sharon A. Hansen

Sharon A. Hansen is the Founder and Music Director of the Milwaukee Choral Artists, one of only five professional women's vocal ensembles in the country. Founded in 1998, The Milwaukee Choral Artists has been named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Top Ten Milwaukee Performances list in four consecutive years, most recently being named "Milwaukee's #1 Performing Arts Event for 2007." The ensemble has sung in more than 40 languages from some twenty-six world cultures, and is a champion of new music, regularly commissioning new works. MCA frequently collaborates with Present Music, Milwaukee's internationally acclaimed contemporary music ensemble. Equally well versed in early music, the Milwaukee Choral Artists has appeared twice with the Boston Camerata, and performed with KITKA professional women's ensemble in May 2009. In August 2009, at the invitation of the National Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, MCA performed for their biennial conference at the Milwaukee Art Museum. MCA has also performed for the National Convention of Catholic Cathedral Musicians; as part of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist's Fine Arts Series (Milwaukee); as part of the Cathedral of St. James Fine Arts Series (Chicago); at the French Mass at Milwaukee's Bastille Days; and in state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors' Association.


Stephen Hatfield

Stephen Hatfield is a resident of Vancouver Island, where he composes for the theatre * Has taught band, chorus, stage band, vocal jazz, guitar, keyboard, steel drum and music appreciation, as well as university English and graduate courses in teaching techniques * Noted for his exciting arrangements of world music, and for his original works which weave influences from diverse cultures into a fresh and distinctive idiom * His choirs have earned gold medals in national festivals, and he has received various awards for his work in education, music and poetry, including the Governor General's Gold Medal * Often featured as a guest conductor and workshop leader throughout the world.


Stephen Hatfield

Stephen Hatfield is a resident of Vancouver Island, where he composes for the theatre * Has taught band, chorus, stage band, vocal jazz, guitar, keyboard, steel drum and music appreciation, as well as university English and graduate courses in teaching techniques * Noted for his exciting arrangements of world music, and for his original works which weave influences from diverse cultures into a fresh and distinctive idiom * His choirs have earned gold medals in national festivals, and he has received various awards for his work in education, music and poetry, including the Governor General's Gold Medal * Often featured as a guest conductor and workshop leader throughout the world.


Kent Hatteberg

Kent E. Hatteberg is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisville, where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale, Cardinal Singers, and University Chorus, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and literature courses. He received the Bachelor of Music degree in piano and voice summa cum laude from the University of Dubuque and the master's and doctorate in choral conducting from The University of Iowa, where he studied conducting with Don V Moses and conducted the renowned Old Gold Singers.

Named a Fulbright Scholar in 1990, Dr. Hatteberg studied conducting and choral-orchestral literature in Berlin, Germany with Uwe Gronostay (conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir and Professor for Conducting at the Hochschule der Kunste), pursued research on the works of Felix Mendelssohn, and sang in the Berlin Philharmonic Choir. His doctoral thesis contains urtext editions of Mendelssohn's Gloria and Grobe Festmusik zum Durerfest, two previously unpublished works for chorus and orchestra. In 1997 he conducted the world premiere of the Gloria on the University of Louisville campus. The Grobe Festmusik was given its first modern performance at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on November 10, 2000, with the score provided by Dr. Hatteberg. He has lectured on Mendelssohn's early works in the United States and Germany.


Mary-Kay Henderson

Mary Kay Henderson is a vocalist and women's retreat speaker. Her ministry is focused on encouraging the local church, the importance of praise and worship, and victorious day-to-day living through Jesus Christ. In addition to her personal ministry, she travels throughout the United States and abroad with CHIEF (Christian Hope Indian-Eskimo Fellowship), a Phoenix based international ministry to indigenous people. She is also employed by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma as the director of the Cherokee National Youth Choir, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Mary Kay's musical career and ministry began as a teenager at First Baptist, Muskogee, Oklahoma, where she was a leader in her youth group and choir. She later served as that church's Staff Soloist and began ministering in many local churches as well as associational and statewide events.

In l980-81 and l981-82, Mary Kay served as a goodwill ambassador for her tribe as Miss Cherokee. She is the only person to have served two consecutive terms in this position.During this time, she was recognized as an Outstanding Young Woman of America.


Patricia Hennings

Patricia Farris Hennings, 51, died peacefully in her home in Palo Alto, California on December 20, 2001 after a life made rich by music. She had battled breast cancer for nearly four years. Hennings, best known as conductor of the Peninsula Women's Chorus since 1975, touched many lives through her work as a conductor, educator, and performer. As Director of Choral Activities at Skyline College, Hennings gathered students from diverse backgrounds into a musical community, performing standard choral works as well as new works by living composers.

Under Hennings' direction, the Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) issued four CDs, toured internationally, and performed three times at national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In 1999, the PWC won the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Adventurous Programming. In 2000, for the twenty-fifth anniversary of her tenure as Artistic Director of the PWC, Hennings gathered a panel of composers who had written works for the chorus; the panel members demonstrate the quality and variety of composers Hennings had engaged during her career: Libby Larsen, Kirke Mechem, Michael Cleveland, David Conte, Joan Szymko, Brian Holmes, David Meckler, and Ron Jeffers.


Patricia Hennings

Patricia Farris Hennings, 51, died peacefully in her home in Palo Alto, California on December 20, 2001 after a life made rich by music. She had battled breast cancer for nearly four years. Hennings, best known as conductor of the Peninsula Women's Chorus since 1975, touched many lives through her work as a conductor, educator, and performer. As Director of Choral Activities at Skyline College, Hennings gathered students from diverse backgrounds into a musical community, performing standard choral works as well as new works by living composers.

Under Hennings' direction, the Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) issued four CDs, toured internationally, and performed three times at national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In 1999, the PWC won the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Adventurous Programming. In 2000, for the twenty-fifth anniversary of her tenure as Artistic Director of the PWC, Hennings gathered a panel of composers who had written works for the chorus; the panel members demonstrate the quality and variety of composers Hennings had engaged during her career: Libby Larsen, Kirke Mechem, Michael Cleveland, David Conte, Joan Szymko, Brian Holmes, David Meckler, and Ron Jeffers.


Richard Hickox

The English conductor, Richard (Sidney) Hickox, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1966 to 1967, and was an organ scholar at Queen's College Cambridge from 1967 to 1970.

In 1971 Richard Hickox founded in London the Richard Hickox Singers & Orchestra, with which he gave programs of works ranging from the 14th century to the present era. He also founded the City of London Sinfonia in 1971 and is its Music Director, and following a long association with the London Symphony Orchestra he is their Associate Guest Conductor. From 1982 to 1990 he was Artistic Director of the Northern Sinfonia, and is now Conductor Emeritus. In 1990 he formed a new period instrument group together with Simon Standage: Collegium Musicum 90. His contract as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales starts in September 2000.


Edward Higginbottom

Edward Higginbottom's early years were marked by distinction as a keyboard player. He gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists before leaving school, winning the Harding and Read prizes for the most outstanding candidate of the year. A long association with Corpus Christi College Cambridge followed, beginning with an organ scholarship (winning the John Stewart of Rannoch university prize in Sacred Music), continuing with graduate work and a doctoral thesis on French baroque music, and ending with a research fellowship (1973-76).

While at Cambridge, he gained recognition at home and abroad as director of the Cambridge University Purcell Society, one of the very first English early music groups to perform regularly in France. Graduate work in Paris from 1970 to 1972 deepened his contacts abroad as he studied organ with Marie-Claire Alain while writing his doctoral thesis. His love of French culture has borne fruit in editions of Francois Couperin's chamber music, many recording projects featuring French music, and frequent invitations for New College Choir to sing in Europe and further afield. He is sought after as president of international music competitions, and as a consultant. The French Ministry of Culture has rewarded him with the honour 'Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' for his role in the revival of choir schools in France and support of French cultural activities.


Dr. Allen Hightower

Allen Hightower is a professor of music and conductor of the renowned Nordic Choir. He serves as director of choral activities, giving leadership to a choral program that includes four choral conductors, six choirs, and over 500 singers.

Prior to joining the faculty at Luther, Dr. Hightower served as professor of music and director of choral activities at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. During his tenure, the SHSU Chorale performed for the 2007 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, the 2010 Southwestern Division of ACDA, and the 2003, 2006, and 2010 conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association.

Before joining the faculty at Sam Houston, Allen served on the faculty of California State University, Long Beach, conducting the CSULB Chamber Singers. His high school teaching experience includes teaching at Klein High School in Houston, Texas and at Odessa Permian High School. Under Allen's direction, the Permian High School Kantorei performed for the 1996 Texas Music Educators Association convention.


David Hill

David Hill (born on 13 May 1957 in Carlisle, Cumberland), is a choral conductor and organist. His most high profile roles are as Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007, and Musical Director of The Bach Choir from April 1998. He was previously Organist and Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge, in succession to Christopher Robinson from 2002. He formerly held the same title at Winchester Cathedral from 1987 - 2002 and at Westminster Cathedral from 1982 - 1987.

Hill was educated at Chetham's School of Music. He also holds the positions Chief Conductor of the Southern Sinfonia, and Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society. He took up the position of Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers in summer 2007, succeeding Stephen Cleobury, and assumed the presidency of the Incorporated Association of Organists, succeeding Catherine Ennis. He was succeeded at St John's by Andrew Nethsingha.


Paul Hillier

Paul Hillier was born in Dorchester and sang in the local church choir. In his early teens he became a devotee of pop music, deeply immersing himself in the weekly pop charts and listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedcovers. He discovered the early music of Elvis Presley, whose fan club he joined around the time of Return to Sender. He won a dance competition doing the twist. He discovered the local poet, Thomas Hardy. He joined a folksong trio, who performed here and there and included the Beach Boys in their repertoire, but at the same time he began to switch his main interests to classical music. He heard Tallis and Byrd, and read T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets. He went up to London to study singing and acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He discovered medieval music. Together with two fellow-students he formed a music-theatre ensemble called Travelling Music Theatre, performing both contemporary and early music. He formed the Hilliard Ensemble in 1973. He lived for a while in Windsor Castle before moving into a tiny flat in Islington.


Pamela Blevins Hinkle

Appointments: Spirit and Place Festival Director (Research Associate. B.S. in arts administration, Butler University, 1983 Graduate work in community arts management, Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois-Springfield), 1985-87

Academic Interests: Interdisciplinary collaboration, community development, civic engagement, music improvisation, choral music, women's music, chant, creativity

Teaching: Annual workshops on Collaboration and Program Design via Spirit & Place. "Music in the Moment," a music improvision class at Indiana Women's Prison. Lead workshops and talks for congregations and community groups on chant, creativity, improvisation, and more.

Awards: Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Arts Council of Indianapolis (2003) Indiana Arts Commission Studio Award, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts (2004)


Moses Hogan

Moses George Hogan, born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 13, 1957, was a pianist, conductor and arranger of international renown. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, he also studied at New York's Juilliard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mr. Hogan's many accomplishments as a concert pianist included winning first place in the prestigious 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York. Hogan was recently appointed Artist In Residence at Loyola University in New Orleans. Hogan began his exploration of the choral music idiom in 1980. Hogan's former New Orleans based Moses Hogan Chorale received international acclaim.

The Moses Hogan Singers made their debut in 1998 on the EMI record label with the acclaimed soprano Barbara Hendricks. Hogan was commissioned to arrange and perform several compositions for the 1995 PBS Documentary, THE AMERICAN PROMISE, whose soundtrack was released separately by Windham Hill records under the title VOICES.


Dr. Brad Holmes

Dr. Brad Holmes has been Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois since 1991. During this time Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to five traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 300 students and six choral/vocal ensemble staff. In addition to conducting the University Choir Dr. Holmes teaches classes in conducting and choral methods. He is artistic director for Millikin's annual Christmas Vespers, an event that attracts 6,500 people each year, as well as a frequent guest conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction the Millikin University Choir has performed before both regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. They have again been selected to perform for the National Conference of ACDA in March, 2011. Dr. Holmes's extensive guest conducting schedule has included All-State, ACDA Honor Choirs and District festivals as well as church music clinics throughout the United States. Internationally, he has served as Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College in Cambridge, England. He has conducted choirs in 35 countries in Europe, South America, East Asia, the South Pacific and Australia.


Imogen Holst

Imogen Clare Holst, CBE was a British composer and conductor, and sole child of composer Gustav Holst. She was brought up in west London and educated at the Froebel Demonstration School and St Paul's Girls' School, where her father was director of music. She worked with Herbert Howells before entering the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 1926 to study composition with George Dyson and Gordon Jacob, harmony and counterpoint with Ralph Vaughan Williams, and conducting with William H. Reed. She won several prizes for composition including the Cobbett Prize for a string quartet (1928).

She was appointed a fellow of the RCM in 1966, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in 1970 and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975. She received honorary doctorates from the universities of Essex (1968), Exeter (1969), and Leeds (1983).


Bo Holten

Bo Holten (born 1948) is a Danish composer and conductor.

He has been the principal conductor for the vocal ensembles Ars Nova and Musica Ficta (Denmark), as well as guest-conductor for the BBC Singers. He is currently the principal conductor for the Flemish Radio Choir (Vlaams Radio Koor) in Bruxelles.

As a composer he has written more than 100 works, including 6 operas, 2 musicals, 2 symphonies, and 5 solo concertos. He has also composed several film scores, amongst them the music for Lars Von Trier's The Element of Crime.


Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach and choral clinician. He serves as the Artistic Director & Conductor of The Choral Project, a mixed-voice vocal ensemble specializing in dramatic, conceptual performance of high-level choral music from the medieval period to the contemporary. Under his direction The Choral Project has received international recognition, performing to standing ovation crowds in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Scotland and Wales. The ensemble has also received top prizes in international competitions throughout the world. They have recorded seven compact discs on the Gothic Records label. Mr. Hughes also serves as the director for two new choirs in The Choral Project musical family: Menharmonics - a men's chorus dedicated to celebrating diversity, creating community, and forming fellowship through quality musical performance; and Amaranth - a small a cappella vocal jazz ensemble specializing in a broad range of styles including contemporary a cappella, world music, and straight-ahead jazz. In addition to his work with The Choral Project choirs, Hughes serves as the Music Director for Los Gatos United Methodist Church.


Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach and choral clinician. He serves as the Artistic Director & Conductor of The Choral Project, a mixed-voice vocal ensemble specializing in dramatic, conceptual performance of high-level choral music from the medieval period to the contemporary. Under his direction The Choral Project has received international recognition, performing to standing ovation crowds in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Scotland and Wales. The ensemble has also received top prizes in international competitions throughout the world. They have recorded seven compact discs on the Gothic Records label. Mr. Hughes also serves as the director for two new choirs in The Choral Project musical family: Menharmonics - a men's chorus dedicated to celebrating diversity, creating community, and forming fellowship through quality musical performance; and Amaranth - a small a cappella vocal jazz ensemble specializing in a broad range of styles including contemporary a cappella, world music, and straight-ahead jazz. In addition to his work with The Choral Project choirs, Hughes serves as the Music Director for Los Gatos United Methodist Church.


Jeffrey Hunt

Jeffrey Hunt received his B.M from Taylor University and a M.M in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University. Jeff conducts St. Charles Singers, a group he founded in 1984. He is Director of Music at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, Illinois where in addition to overseeing the active music program, he directs the Adult choir, the boy choir and coaches high school singers. Mr. Hunt is on the music faculty at Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois, and has an active voice studio.

Under his direction, St. Charles Singers have made numerous appearances at both State and Regional American Choral Directors Association conventions. The Singers have several commercial recordings on both the Proteus and Naxos labels. The choir has made several European tours performing in notable venues in both France and England. In addition to having their own concerts series, the choir has appeared with both the Elgin Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Jeffrey Hunt

Jeffrey Hunt received his B.M from Taylor University and a M.M in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University. Jeff conducts St. Charles Singers, a group he founded in 1984. He is Director of Music at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, Illinois where in addition to overseeing the active music program, he directs the Adult choir, the boy choir and coaches high school singers. Mr. Hunt is on the music faculty at Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois, and has an active voice studio.

Under his direction, St. Charles Singers have made numerous appearances at both State and Regional American Choral Directors Association conventions. The Singers have several commercial recordings on both the Proteus and Naxos labels. The choir has made several European tours performing in notable venues in both France and England. In addition to having their own concerts series, the choir has appeared with both the Elgin Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Peter Hunt

Peter is currently Head of Voice at Berkshire Maestros, the young musicians' trust delivering music education for 8000 young people across the county, a post he has held for four years. He has responsibility for all vocal activity and the three county choirs which have a national reputation. Previously, Peter was Head of Music at Chipping Norton Secondary School for nine years and, thanks to his hard work, the school gained status as a Performing Arts College from September 2004, putting it firmly at the centre of artistic activity in the Chipping Norton community. From 2000-2002 Peter was also part-time Advisory Teacher for Oxfordshire's vocal strategy. In January 2009 he takes up a new post with Maestros as Deputy Head of Service.


Roberta Q. Jackson

Girlchoir's Founding Artistic Director/Executive Director, Mrs. Jackson is recognized as a leading choral educator, both for her work spanning 30 years teaching in public schools in Minnesota and Oregon and her work with Girlchoir since its founding in 1989.

Receiving her Master Degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Mrs. Jackson has also been awarded the distinction of Artist Teacher and Master Teacher certification from the Association of Choral Music Education.

In demand as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator, she is serving her third term as Northwest Region representative on the ACDA National Committee for Children's Choirs.

Mrs. Jackson's inspired directing, respect for the individual singer and her vocal development, and quest for excellence have created a world class youth music organization.


John Jacobson

John Jacobson has choreographed, directed and performed in hundreds of staged productions throughout the nation and the world including Grand Opening Ceremonies for Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, portions of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and served as choreographer for Reagan's Presidential Inauguration and The Singing Sergeants.

John received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (Choral) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he performed in, and eventually directed, The Wisconsin Singers. He has served as guest clinician at such events as the Showchoir Camps of America, The Brightleaf Music Festival and hundreds of festivals, workshops, camps and reading sessions throughout the country. The highly successful John Jacobson Workshops, which are one-day choreography sessions, are held each summer for directors and students and are sponsored by local music dealers and Hal Leonard Corporation.


Joseph Jennings

Joseph Jennings is widely regarded as one of the choral world's top conductors and music directors, clinicians and arrangers. He joined the renowned a capella group, Chanticleer, in 1983 as a countertenor, and shortly thereafter assumed position as Music Director. Under his direction, Chanticleer achieved international renown, releasing 23 critically acclaimed recordings in works ranging from Gregorian chant to Renaissance masterworks to jazz. Many of the recordings, for Teldec and for Chanticleer's own label, became Billboard best sellers, including the GRAMMY-Award-winners Colors of Love, Magnificat and, most recently, the World-premiere of Sir John Tavener's double GRAMMY-Award winning Lamentations and Praises.

Mr. Jennings has performed at the most prestigious festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. These performances have included appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the International Josquin Symposium, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Holland Voices Festival and at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In the U.S., Mr. Jennings has appeared at Jones Hall in Houston, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.


Joseph Jennings

Joseph Jennings is widely regarded as one of the choral world's top conductors and music directors, clinicians and arrangers. He joined the renowned a capella group, Chanticleer, in 1983 as a countertenor, and shortly thereafter assumed position as Music Director. Under his direction, Chanticleer achieved international renown, releasing 23 critically acclaimed recordings in works ranging from Gregorian chant to Renaissance masterworks to jazz. Many of the recordings, for Teldec and for Chanticleer's own label, became Billboard best sellers, including the GRAMMY-Award-winners Colors of Love, Magnificat and, most recently, the World-premiere of Sir John Tavener's double GRAMMY-Award winning Lamentations and Praises.

Mr. Jennings has performed at the most prestigious festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. These performances have included appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the International Josquin Symposium, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Holland Voices Festival and at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In the U.S., Mr. Jennings has appeared at Jones Hall in Houston, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.


Kenneth Jennings

Jennings is an alumnus of St. Olaf College and sang as a member of the St. Olaf Choir as an undergraduate. He received his master's degree from Oberlin College and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Jennings was appointed to the faculty of St. Olaf College in 1953, and ascended to one of the world's most coveted choral podiums in 1968: Jennings was the third director of the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir, succeeding founder F. Melius Christiansen and his son-successor, Olaf C. Christiansen. He retired from St. Olaf College in 1990, turning over the podium to his former student, Anton Armstrong. His Son, Dr. Mark Jennings, is the director of Choral Activities at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

As director of the St. Olaf Choir Jennings became noted for guiding and maturing the St. Olaf Choir from one rooted substantially in its 1911 era founding to arguably one of the most highly respected choral ensembles of the world.


Kenneth Jennings

Jennings is an alumnus of St. Olaf College and sang as a member of the St. Olaf Choir as an undergraduate. He received his master's degree from Oberlin College and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Jennings was appointed to the faculty of St. Olaf College in 1953, and ascended to one of the world's most coveted choral podiums in 1968: Jennings was the third director of the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir, succeeding founder F. Melius Christiansen and his son-successor, Olaf C. Christiansen. He retired from St. Olaf College in 1990, turning over the podium to his former student, Anton Armstrong. His Son, Dr. Mark Jennings, is the director of Choral Activities at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

As director of the St. Olaf Choir Jennings became noted for guiding and maturing the St. Olaf Choir from one rooted substantially in its 1911 era founding to arguably one of the most highly respected choral ensembles of the world.


Craig Hella Johnson

Renowned as one of the most influential voices in choral conducting in the United States, Craig Hella Johnson brings a depth of knowledge, artistic sensitivity and imagination to his programs. Founder and Artistic Director of the Grammy Award-Nominated choral ensemble Conspirare, Johnson has assembled some of the finest singers in the country to create a world class, award-winning ensemble committed to creating dynamic choral art.

In addition to his work with Conspirare, Johnson also serves as Music Director Laureate and Conductor of the Victoria Bach Festival, an annual event that draws musicians and critical praise from around the country. Of Johnson's performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mike Greenberg of the San Antonio Express-News wrote: "Through all the amazing ebbs and flows of dynamics, the radiant balances, the seamless connection of episodes, the theatrically astute tempo relations, the unified structural arc, the music shone forth with organic naturalness. Nothing sounded fussed over. Everything just sounded right."


Derric Johnson

As a Musician... he has written 150 original songs, 23 cantatas and 2800 musical arrangements, published 32 books of choral collections and has been involved in producing 84 recorded albums on twelve labels.

As a Creator... he founded and directed THE RE'GENERATION, a touring ensemble of singers who traveled for twelve years, logging over a million miles, performing to more than 12,000,000 people in 6,000 concerts.

As a Speaker... he is recognized as a Staley Foundation Lecturer, is often featured in National and International Conventions with his inspirational and motivational delivery.

As An Educator... for six years he held the position of Artist in Residence / Director of Music Ministries at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

As an Author... he has written nine books, including EASY DOESN'T DO IT; LISTS... THE BOOK; EXCELLENCE IS NEVER AN ACCIDENT; THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS and TAKE ME TO A SONG...


Dr. Jefferson Johnson

Jefferson Johnson is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky where he conducts the University Chorale and Men's Chorus. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral methods and literature, and directs the graduate program (MM and DMA degrees) in choral music. A native of Atlanta, Johnson received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia (magna cum laude, 1978), the Master of Music from the University of Tennessee (1981), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado (1992). While living in Atlanta, Johnson was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw.


Mark S. Johnson

Mark Johnson began his work with the choir in 1991 as the accompanist. He was hired as the Music Director in 1993. Mr. Johnson holds a degree in music education from St. Olaf College, and he taught junior high choral music for six years before becoming full-time director for the Boychoir. From 1995 to 2007, he was a member of the staff at Albemarle, a summer music camp program of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Mr. Johnson's reputation in choral work, especially with children's groups, has led to many invitations to work as a clinician and accompanist for honors choirs and festivals in Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Recently, he conducted the Minnesota ACDA 7th grade Boys Honor Choir and the Young Men's track at the World Voices Australia Festival in Sydney. Mark is active in Minnesota's chapters of ACDA and MMEA, and currently serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs at the state and regional level.


Mark S. Johnson

Mark Johnson began his work with the choir in 1991 as the accompanist. He was hired as the Music Director in 1993. Mr. Johnson holds a degree in music education from St. Olaf College, and he taught junior high choral music for six years before becoming full-time director for the Boychoir. From 1995 to 2007, he was a member of the staff at Albemarle, a summer music camp program of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Mr. Johnson's reputation in choral work, especially with children's groups, has led to many invitations to work as a clinician and accompanist for honors choirs and festivals in Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Recently, he conducted the Minnesota ACDA 7th grade Boys Honor Choir and the Young Men's track at the World Voices Australia Festival in Sydney. Mark is active in Minnesota's chapters of ACDA and MMEA, and currently serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs at the state and regional level.


Sigrid Johnson

As the associate conductor of VocalEssence, Sigrid Johnson provides invaluable input on repertoire decisions, choral blend and balance, and in the audition process. Her unique ways of working to achieve excellence in choral blend and intonation have garnered her great praise.

Sigrid is a member of the voice and choral faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and the conductor of the Manitou Singers, St. Olaf's 100-voice first-year women's chorus. Sigrid Johnson maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician at choral festivals, workshops and all-state music festivals across the country. She is known internationally for her work with musicians at all levels, having conducted workshops in Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. In August 2008, she was one of the featured lecturers for the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen; in 201, she will be featured in the Ninth World Symposium to be held in Argentina.


James Jordan

James Jordan is considered to be one of the most influential choral conductors and educators in America. His more than eighteen books covering rehearsal and teaching pedagogy, conducting technique, and the spirituality of musicing, as well as numerous DVDs and recordings, have brought about far-reaching pedagogical and philosophical changes not only in choral music but also in the worlds of orchestral conducting, wind conducting, piano, and music education. The Choral Journal has described his writings as "visionary." Renowned American composer Morten Lauridsen dedicated the third movement of his Midwinter Songs to him.


Dennis Keene

Dennis Keene is Artistic Director and conductor of the Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra. Known internationally through his many concerts and recordings with Voices of Ascension; his regular guest appearances as conductor and clinician; and his work as Artistic Director of The Dennis Keene Choral Festival, he has emerged as one of leading choral conductors in the world today.

Recognized early as an exceptional organist, Dennis Keene began musical studies and performing in his native Los Angeles. He moved to New York City to study at The Juilliard School, where he earned the BM, MM, and DMA degrees and the coveted Gaston Dethier Organ Prize as a student of Vernon de Tar. Dennis Keene was active as a recitalist until his interest in conducting led him to concentrate on that discipline. He subsequently studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School for Orchestral Conductors, with Charles Bruck in Paris, and with John Nelson at The Juilliard School. His passion for the finest in professional choral music can be traced to his early work as organist with Gregg Smith, Roger Wagner, and Margaret Hillis.


Dennis Keene

Dennis Keene is Artistic Director and conductor of the Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra. Known internationally through his many concerts and recordings with Voices of Ascension; his regular guest appearances as conductor and clinician; and his work as Artistic Director of The Dennis Keene Choral Festival, he has emerged as one of leading choral conductors in the world today.

Recognized early as an exceptional organist, Dennis Keene began musical studies and performing in his native Los Angeles. He moved to New York City to study at The Juilliard School, where he earned the BM, MM, and DMA degrees and the coveted Gaston Dethier Organ Prize as a student of Vernon de Tar. Dennis Keene was active as a recitalist until his interest in conducting led him to concentrate on that discipline. He subsequently studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School for Orchestral Conductors, with Charles Bruck in Paris, and with John Nelson at The Juilliard School. His passion for the finest in professional choral music can be traced to his early work as organist with Gregg Smith, Roger Wagner, and Margaret Hillis.


Joyce Keil

Joyce Keil, Artistic Director and co-founder of Ragazzi, has served as panelist, adjudicator and guest conductor for music teachers and choirs throughout the Western United States.

An experienced teacher, she has served on the faculties of the College of Holy Names, Notre Dame de Namur University and Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.

She is the founder of the choral program and advanced placement music theory curriculum at Crystal Springs Uplands School.

Ms. Keil has served as Western Division Chair of the Boychoir Committee for the American Choral Directors Association and has sat on the College Board for Advanced Placement Music Exams.

Ragazzi, under Joyce Keil's leadership, was cited in the November 22, 1998 S.F. Chronicle as one of the four elite youth choruses in the Bay Area.


Pekka Kostiainen

Pekka Kostiainen's long and impressive career as a composer and choir conductor is undoubtedly based on his profound understanding of and widely recognised expertise in choral music. As a conductor, he collaborated for several decades with the Vox Aurea Children's Choir and the Musica Choir. Kostiainen also wrote several of his choral works for these choirs.

His flexible composition technique allows him to adapt his musical goals and intentions into a range of different circumstances. He not only exploits the choir's expressive potential in a captivating manner, but also takes into account the performer's technical capabilities and overall musical experience. His technical flexibility is very much appreciated among the performers, in particular when it comes to the heterogeneous and highly ambivalent language of contemporary music.


Janeal Crabb Krehbiel

Janeal Crabb Krehbiel, founder and director of the Lawrence Children's Choir, is a clinician and festival director throughout the United States. A graduate of Bethel College in Kansas, she earned a Master's degree in Music Education at Wichita State University. She was a member of the Chorister's Guild Board of Directors, has been the featured clinician at St. Olaf College, Montreat Music Conference, Westminster Choir College, and the North Carolina Summer Institute of the Choral Art. She has held seminars at colleges and universities, directed camps and festivals and published many articles about choral music for children and youth. In March 2000 Ms. Krehbiel was the guest conductor for the National 2000 Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall. She conducted the 2007 National Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall and conducted the Lawrence Children's Choir in a premier performance at Carnegie Hall.


Janeal Crabb Krehbiel

Janeal Crabb Krehbiel, founder and director of the Lawrence Children's Choir, is a clinician and festival director throughout the United States. A graduate of Bethel College in Kansas, she earned a Master's degree in Music Education at Wichita State University. She was a member of the Chorister's Guild Board of Directors, has been the featured clinician at St. Olaf College, Montreat Music Conference, Westminster Choir College, and the North Carolina Summer Institute of the Choral Art. She has held seminars at colleges and universities, directed camps and festivals and published many articles about choral music for children and youth. In March 2000 Ms. Krehbiel was the guest conductor for the National 2000 Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall. She conducted the 2007 National Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall and conducted the Lawrence Children's Choir in a premier performance at Carnegie Hall.


Erich Kunzel

Erich Kunzel's distinguished career was personified by his 2006 National Medal of Arts, presented by President and Mrs. Bush at a ceremony in the Oval Office at The White House in 2007. The National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government, is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. The legendary "Prince of Pops" was also honored in September 2008 as an inductee into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

The late Maestro Max Rudolf invited Mr. Kunzel, then a young conductor on the faculty of Brown University, to join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as an associate conductor in 1965. That October Maestro Kunzel conducted his first sold-out "8 O'Clock Pops" concert, marking his ascent as a modern orchestral legend. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, part of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, was then officially founded in 1977 with Maestro Kunzel at the helm. For decades he led the orchestra, packing houses in Cincinnati's Music Hall and Riverbend Music Center, and also gaining new fans the world over through tour performances, PBS television specials and millions of recordings sold on the Telarc label.


Paul T. Kwami

Dr. Paul T. Kwami is Musical Director and Curb-Beaman Chair of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Dr. Kwami was born in Ghana, West Africa one of seven children. His father, a musician, taught him piano, violin, theory and conducting. He studied music at Ghana's National Academy of Music and taught there until immigrating to the US in 1983 as a student at Fisk University. He promptly joined the Jubilee Singers.

After graduating from Fisk in 1985 he continued to study music at Western Michigan University. In 1994 he was solicited to serve as part-time director of the Jubilee Singers. Shortly therafter, Dr Kwami was promoted to full time faculty member in the music department and musical director of the Singers. He is the first African to direct the ensemble, and the first to hold the Curb-Beaman Chair position. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the American Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Kwami feels a deep connection between Negro spirituals and the music of his Motherland. "The music we sing today helps to bridge the gap between Africans and African-Americans," he says. "When my students sing, I am reminded of my life in Ghana and feel close to my past."

The music also touches his spirit. He believes in the sovereignty of God, who was a source of faith, hope and love for slaves and for the original Jubilee Singers. "My greatest desire is to fulfill my call," he says.


Dr. Arthur Lapierre

Dr. Arthur Lapierre is currently Professor of Music, and Director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at American River College, where he also teachers applied voice, jazz history, and voice classes. He has served on the faculties at the Berklee College of Music, California State University, Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, Rancho Santiago Community College and Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Dr. Lapierre is active as an adjudicator and clinician and previously served as the R&S Chair for Jazz and Show Choirs for ACDA - Northeast Region.

Dr. Lapierre's ensembles have performed at conferences of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), Jazz Education Network (JEN), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), New York State Music Teachers Association (NYSMTA) and at other regional and international conferences. Dr Lapierre's ensembles have been honored with 11 Student Achievement Awards by DownBeat Magazine.


Richard Larson

Richard Larson, Artistic Director of Kantorei, has been involved in community music and music education for over thirty years and is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and teacher. Named "Choral Conductor of the Year," in 1989 by the Colorado ACDA, Mr. Larson taught music both at the University of Northern Colorado and at Metropolitan State College in Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. Mr. Larson has studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller, Elizabeth Green, John Nelson, Julius Herford, Richard Westenberg and Margaret Hillis, among others.


Stephen Layton

Edward Higginbottom's early years were marked by distinction as a keyboard player. He gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists before leaving school, winning the Harding and Read prizes for the most outstanding candidate of the year. A long association with Corpus Christi College Cambridge followed, beginning with an organ scholarship (winning the John Stewart of Rannoch university prize in Sacred Music), continuing with graduate work and a doctoral thesis on French baroque music, and ending with a research fellowship (1973-76). While at Cambridge, he gained recognition at home and abroad as director of the Cambridge University Purcell Society, one of the very first English early music groups to perform regularly in France. Graduate work in Paris from 1970 to 1972 deepened his contacts abroad as he studied organ with Marie-Claire Alain while writing his doctoral thesis. His love of French culture has borne fruit in editions of Francois Couperin's chamber music, many recording projects featuring French music, and frequent invitations for New College Choir to sing in Europe and further afield. He is sought after as president of international music competitions, and as a consultant. .

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