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2 year college choral festival clinician - recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations for a clinician for a 2 year college choral festival to be held in Houton March 28, 2014 (my scheduled clinician backed out).  Should be able to get the job done without being a tyrant.  Ability level of students is all over the map.  Name and school please, and any other useful information is appreciated.  Thanks so much.
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on August 29, 2013 5:12am
Hi.  Although I am not available for your next choral festival, please consider me in the future.
Thank you,
Harold Rosenbaum
Harold Rosenbaum is one of the most accomplished and critically acclaimed choral conductors of our time. He is Lead Choral Conductor for Parma Recordings and a Soundbrush Records Artist. He is the 2010 winner of ASCAP's Victor Herbert Founders Award in recognition of his contribution to the choral repertory and his service to American composers and their music, and the winner of the 2008 American Composer Alliance's Laurel Leaf Award, given in recognition of "distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music." Among the recipients of the Laurel Leaf have been the Juilliard String Quartet, Leonard Slatkin, Leopold Stokowski, George Szell, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Also, in recognition of his leadership in the interpretation and performance of contemporary music, G. Schirmer Music Inc. created a Harold Rosenbaum Choral Series, for which he composes, edits, and gives performance suggestions for conductors.
A tireless proponent and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, he has created an annual choral composition competition, has commissioned 51 works, has conducted over 450 world premieres (including works by Ravel [in Paris], Schoenberg, Schnittke, Carter, Henze, Berio, Perle, Harbison, Corigliano, Lang, Ran, Zwilich, Adamo, Ran, Musgrave, Bolcom, Danielpour, Thomas, Wyner, Tower, and Kernis), and has recorded contemporary choral music on close to thirty commercial CD’s for SONY Classical, Albany, CRI, Bridge, Koch International, Soundbrush, KASP, Capstone, MSR Classics, and DRG. He is also a three time recipient of the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, and a recipient of Chorus America's American Choral Works Performance Award.
To fulfill his dream of conducting the most complex and masterful choral compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries, Mr. Rosenbaum established The New York Virtuoso Singers (, a professional choir entering its 26th season.
The NYVS is regularly invited to perform with leading orchestras, and at prestigious institutions such as The Tanglewood Music Festival and The Juilliard School. It has premiered close to 400 works by composers such as Luciano Berio, John Harbison, Hans Werner Henze, Louis Andriessen, Shulamit Ran, George Perle, Ernst Krenek, Thea Musgrave, Jonathan Harvey, Arvo Pärt, Andrew Imbrie, and many others.
Prior to the formation of The NYVS, Mr. Rosenbaum had already established his all-volunteer choir, The Canticum Novum Singers (, as one of New York's premiere choirs presenting the music of all periods, with a special focus on early music. The Canticum Novum Singers has presented over 500 concerts in this country, and on four European tours. Of the 600+ singers who have been with the choir since 1973, over 100 have become professional  choristers, soloists, conductors and composers. This choir has premiered over 60 compositions by composers such as Handel, J.C. Bach, Fauré, Bruckner, Harbison, Berio, Schnittke, Rorem, Schickele, and Benjamin.
Mr. Rosenbaum is a much sought after guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, funding panelist, coach, lecturer, consultant, and educator. He has taught at four universities including The Juilliard School. Currently he is Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo/SUNY, where he directs the choirs, heads the graduate program in choral conducting, and teaches other courses. A lifelong passion of his has been to bring together choral singers from many different backgrounds and levels of skills to perform. As founder not only of the above mentioned choirs, but of The Canticum Novum Festival Choir, Westchester Oratorio Society, Long Island Jewish Choral Society, and Westchester Jewish Choral Society, and as conductor over the last 41 years of eight university choirs, six church choirs, ten synagogue choirs, two youth choirs, and a senior adult choir, he has conducted close to 1,600 concerts including ones combining his choirs. Examples include the Verdi Requiem at Carnegie Hall with seven choirs, and Haydn's Creation with the Queens College Preparatory Choir, Transfiguration Lutheran Church Choir of Harlem, and Westchester Jewish Choral Society. For that concert Mr. Rosenbaum was awarded The Most Remarkable Ecumenical Achievement Award by The New York Times.
Mr. Rosenbaum's productivity has always been startling. During one season he was artistic director of 11 choirs (most of which met weekly). He was a full-time professor one year at both the University at Buffalo and Queens College, while simultaneously conducting 5 non-university choirs. To celebrate The Canticum Novum Singers' 25th season, he conducted 25 Bach cantatas, including 11 in one day. During one 3 1/2 week period, he conducted Verdi's Requiem in Carnegie Hall, a 3-hour world premiere in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (both of these concerts with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and multiple choirs), Bach's St. John Passion, and a concert of modern music with The New York Virtuoso Singers.
In his second appearance at The Tanglewood Music Center, he conducted 7 modern works in the afternoon, and 3 more that evening in the "Prelude" concert for the Boston Symphony.  At any given time, he is working on 15-20 current and future projects. One past project stands out in its breadth of scope: the co-production with Merkin Concert Hall, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, of "Voices of the Century", a series of six concerts presenting, in Mr. Rosenbaum's opinion, the 50 greatest a cappella pieces of the 20th century from 13 countries.
Mr. Rosenbaum has collaborated with such composers as David Del Tredici, Stephen Schwartz, John Harbison, George Perle, William Schuman, Milton Babbitt, John Corigliano, John Adams, Mark Adamo, Osvaldo Golijov, Ned Rorem, Charles Wuorinen, Peter Schickele, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Felder, George Tsontakis, Shulamit Ran, Andrew Imbrie, Tan Dunn, Earl Brown, and Tristan Keuris. He has also worked with actors Tony Randall, F. Murray Abraham, Werner Klemperer and Michael York, stage directors Jonathan Miller and François Girard, film director Murray Lerner, plus Barbara Cook, Dawn Upshaw, John Buccino, DJ Spooky, and recently with legendary film composer Ennio Morricone and The Roma Sinfonietta in concerts in the General Assembly of the United Nations and at Radio City.  During the 2013-2014 season he once again collaborates with Mr. Morricone, this time in Carnegie Hall.
Throughout Europe Mr. Rosenbaum has conducted close to 100 concerts, working with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestre d'Europe, the New Prague Collegium, Dohnanyi Budafok Orchestra, the Madeira Bach Festival Orchestra, and choirs from the USA and France. Appearances include The Ludlow Festival and the Cheltenham Fringe Festival in England, The Madeira Bach Festival in Portugal, and The Siracusa Festival in Italy.
In this country Mr. Rosenbaum has collaborated over 100 times with leading orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic with James Conlon, The Brooklyn Philharmonic (59 times) with Robert Spano, Lukas Foss, Dennis Russell Davies, Michael Christie, and Grant Llewellyn, The American Symphony with Leon Botstein, The American Composers Orchestra with Steven Sloane, The Riverside Symphony with George Rothman, The Orchestra of St. Luke's with Sir Charles Mackerras and Robert Spano, plus The Juilliard Orchestra, Concerto Köln, The Bard Festival Orchestra, The Westchester Symphony, and many others. He has also collaborated with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Continuum, P.D.Q. Bach in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang on a Can, The Glyndebourne Opera Company, S.E.M. Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, The New York Youth Symphony, and The Bel Canto Opera Company.
Mr. Rosenbaum's choirs have performed many times on Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series, and have appeared on The David Letterman Show (on Millennium New Year’s Eve), and in concerts with James Galway, Tony Bennett, Licia Albanese, Marianne Faithful, Leonard Slatkin, The Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and many others. He has appeared countless times on radio and TV, including an annual national broadcast of an episode of CBS TV's 48 Hours entitled The Mystery of the Nativity.
Mr. Rosenbaum is Artistic Director of The Society for Universal Sacred Music ( The Society creates opportunities for universal sacred music to be performed and heard through concerts, workshops and festivals. In June of 2012 the Society’s resident choir, The New York Virtuoso Singers, made its first international tour, to Denmark and Sweden, followed by a concert in the Bandshell in Central Park.  In the summer of 2010 he conducted Mozart's Requiem in Israel in a festival sponsored by the Varna Music Academy. At The Juilliard School of Music on October 12, 2010, he conducted choral music of William Schuman, founder of that school, with his New York Virtuoso Singers. On May 22, 2013 he returned there to conduct a vocal ensemble at the memorial concert for Elliott Carter. Last summer he conducted Verdi’s Requiem in Italy. In the summer of 2014 he will conduct Mozart’s Solemn Vespers in Greece.
Mr. Rosenbaum is also organist and choir director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Katonah, NY.
In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Queens College, his Alma Mater.
He resides in upper Westchester County with his wife Edie, Executive Director of the Society for Universal Sacred Music, and a singer. They have two daughters and three grandsons.
on August 29, 2013 8:30am
Dear Mr. Faber:
We may have a perfect solution, but need to know how long you reqire the clinician to be in Houton (and where is Houton?) and what the fee would be.
Henno Lohmeyer
United Artists and Authors Agency
on August 29, 2013 9:30am
Mr. Faber,
I hereby offer my services.  
Terry Larsen
128 whiteloaf road
southampton, massachusetts, 01073
 (413) 536-0580   (413) 552-7619 cell
To Mr. Faber:
Please consider my application for the choral position as posted on line with Choralnet.
My first singing “gig” was at the ripe age of three when I was an angel in the annual Christmas pageant at my family’s church in Montana.  I have been studying and making music ever since.  Even after decades of singing, conducting, and teaching, I aspire to continued growth as a teacher, director, and conductor, especially with young adults in adult ensembles and classes. I am a passionate, vigorous, and accomplished musician and music educator with a broad background as a singer, conductor, and teacher.  I am sure that I have the breadth of performance and teaching experiences and the depth of specific skills, as well as the positive and forthright attitude needed to accomplish the goals of a successful clinician with your college ensemble.
It has been my privilege to sing with some of the best choral ensembles and conductors in the country, including the San Francisco Choral Artists, Northampton's The Singers' Project, and, perhaps most notably, the award winning professional ensemble Chanticleer.  I have led adult symphonic chorales, as well as other smaller ensembles, including my choir Schola Nova (, a fine adult ensemble of singers from the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. 
I hold Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees, each with specific emphases in choral conducting certificate. I have been actively engaged in the teaching profession since 1977.  It has been my pleasure to teach music classes and lead programs of many descriptions and across the gamut of age groups (kindergarten through adult), including voice lessons, general music, music appreciation (on-line as well as in a regular classroom), music history, aural perception, bands, jazz bands, choirs, church ensembles, large and small choral ensembles, and musical theater groups.
Although I have not been a permanent member of a teaching staff at the college level, I taught voice at University of Alaska, Fairbanks as an adjunct faculty member and was a teaching assistant for aural perception classes (for music majors) and music appreciation classes (for non music majors) at the University of Massachusetts.  In addition, I was the chorus master for a musical theater production at San Francisco State University. Moreover, I have led many adult ensembles that contained college age people: church choirs, adult community ensembles, symphonic chorales, and adult and school musical theater companies.  Currently I teach voice lessons at Northampton Community Music Center and at LarGoVoce Music Studio (, my private studio in Easthampton.  I have taught college-age students at both venues.
I was born and raised on a Native American reservation in Montana, one of a few "European Americans" among Native American children. Over the years, my education, employment, family relationships, and extensive travels have brought me into direct contact and interaction with other people of many ages, races, occupations, sexual orientations, and religious convictions.  My own life is the richer for this diversity. I consider myself a citizen of the world and a champion of its human and natural resources.  Moreover, I believe that music making is a genetic trait of our species, one that led to the development of spoken language itself.  My dedication to music and to the education of others is grounded in that belief.  Participation in music is organic and necessary for the fullest development of individuals and society at large, regardless of race, creed, or class.  I look forward to working with staff and students in a supportive and nurturing manner, for the benefit of us all.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Attached are my resume and several references for your perusal. I am available for an interview and/or audition at your earliest convenience. 
Terry Larsen
on August 29, 2013 10:34am
I would also like to offer my services! Please send me an e-address where I can send my vitae.
Hope this helps,
Robert AM Ross
robertamross(a) <Robert Ross 11>
on August 30, 2013 6:29am
Oops: I'm chair of the music dept. (a) Community College of Philadelphia. 
Robert A. M. Ross
on August 30, 2013 4:38pm
Hi Dave -
Happy to help if I may. Please email me an address to which I may send my CV.
on August 31, 2013 10:23am
You might consider contacting composer/choral conductor Philip Stopford through
Young people are always very interested to meet the composer of music they have been learning and to perform it under his direction. Especially if he is personable and young[ish].
on August 31, 2013 12:06pm
I don't have anything booked for that date right now.  I'd be interested in more information if you are still looking for someone.
Best regards,
on August 31, 2013 5:46pm
I would like to recommend, Kirk Marcy -
Edmonds Community College
Lynnwood, WA
KIRK MARCY is a 1983 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  Kirk brought honors to himself and his programs at Lake Washington High School with the 1985 downBeat Magazine award of “Best High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble in the U.S. and Canada.”  In 1987, he joined the prestigious Four Freshmen, and performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow.
In 1988, Kirk Marcy returned to the Pacific Northwest to become the Director of Soundsation, the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble at Edmonds Community College. Soundsation was honored by downBeat Magazine as one of its “Outstanding College Performing Groups” for 2001. Soundsation has the distinction of being the only choral group to ever be invited to sing with the Count Basie Orchestra.
A passionate conductor of all styles of choral music, Kirk directs the Edmonds Community College Symphonic Choir, a choral ensemble dedicated to the beauty of singing great literature.
An active writer and arranger of vocal jazz music, Kirk has music published through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications.
A professional performer, Kirk sings with Just 4 Kicks, a zany A Cappella vocal jazz quartet based on the West Coast.  Additionally, he sings with Male Ensemble Northwest, a 14-voice ensemble comprised of choral conductors from throughout the Pacific Northwest.
He has guest conducted All-State Concert Choirs and Jazz Choirs in Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Oregon, Illinois, Oklahoma, New York and North Dakota and is in great demand as a clinician/adjudicator at choral and jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada.  In 2014 he will guest conduct the All-State Jazz Choirs in Colorado and the All-NW ACDA Jazz Choir.
Kirk is a member of MENC and ACDA.  He has served as ACDA National Repertoire & Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame for his 25 years of service to music education.
on September 6, 2013 10:14am
I would also highly recommend Kirk Marcy!  Others to consider:  Dr. Wallace Long (Willamette Univ.), Dr. Scott Peterson (CWU), Dr. Gary Weidenaar (CWU), Bruce Rogers (Mt. SAC), Dr. Frank Eichener (CO Christian Univ.) Good luck!
on September 1, 2013 5:50am
Try Trey Jacobs with the Turtle Creek Chorale.  He's a vocal/choral genius, and would relate well with those kids.  Contact him through the TCC website, and I know he's a member of ACDA/TCDA.
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