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John Drotleff

Location: Ohio, USA
John DrotleffJohn Drotleff, conductor of the West Shore Chorale and Orchestra since 1984, lives in Lakewood with his wife of thirty-five years, Judy. Their son, Stefan, daughter-in-law, Misty, and grandson, Maxwell, live nearby. His first music teachers were Christine Knuth and James Ramsey. He studied music at Dana School of Music, part of Youngstown State University, and Columbia University and has attended courses, clinics, and master classes given by Robert Shaw, Alice Parker, Wilhelm Ehman, Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, Howard Swan, Robert DeCormier, Robert Wagner, Paul Salamonivich, Greg Smith, Paul Christiansen, Eric Whitacre, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Jester Hairston, Don Neuen, Westin Noble, Henry Leck, Simon Carrington, Robert Page, and many others. Mr. Drotleff has directed choirs and taught music in northeastern Ohio since 1961 at four public schools, three colleges, seven churches and three community choruses. His work in high schools and colleges has included appearances at state adjudicated events, professional music conferences, and tours throughout the East and Midwestern parts of the country, including venues in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center and The National Cathedral. Mr. Drotleff has been the conductor of the Youngstown Symphony Chorus and has served as a guest conductor and workshop clinician for many musical groups and professional organizations in the Northeastern part of the United States. His repertoire with the West Shore Chorale includes more than 200 compositions, including fifty-five major choral/orchestral works representing 146 composers. He has been a member of several professional organizations, but his main interest has centered upon the Ohio Choral Directors Association, which he twice served as President and has been the recipient of that organization's Distinguished Service Award.

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