Location: Ohio, USA
Samuel Gordon, conductor
Director of Choral Studies and Coordinator of the Vocal and Keyboard Divisions at The University of Akron, Dr. Samuel Gordon has been actively engaged in both singing and conducting careers in this country and abroad. He was the tenor in the Vocal Arts Quartet at the National Gallery of Art from1985 until 2003 during which time he was also conductor-in-consortium with the Maryland Camerata at the NGA. He is the recipient of the Studio Lauda Award at the International Early Music Festival in Zadar, Yugoslavia and is a first prize winner (in several categories) at the prestigious Concorso Polifonico “Guido d’Arezzo (Italy) where he was also the Fiat Conducting Prize laureate; the International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales); as well as the Welsh National Eisteddfod (the first American to win the prize). Performances at international festivals have included: The Salzburg Festival; The Rheingau Musik Festival; The Bregenz International Festival; The Llubljana Festival; Mozaik (Yugoslavia); The Flanders Festival; The Holland Festival; the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds (Italy); the Ambler Festival; and The Haydn Festival of a Lifetime at the Kennedy Center. Artistic Director of Corofest Europa based in Assisi, Italy, he has recorded for most of the European national radio-TV organizations as well as Eurovision. As guest conductor, he has conducted the Taipei Philharmonic, The Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, the Perugia Chamber Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and has been a guest conductor of the National Gallery Orchestra at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, he has been on the jury panel for the Anglo-International Festival (England), the Festival of the Americas in the Bahamas, The C. A. Seghizzi Internation Choral Festival (Gorizia, Italy), the Cantemus International Choral Festival (Hungary), the International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece and has conducted festival choruses in 38 states, Europe, Africa, Central America, Canada and Asia. .He is a recording artist for Koch International Classics and Telarc records and is published by National Music Publishers under the Samuel Gordon Choral Series.