Jeffrey Douma

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Jeffrey Douma /ˈdmə/ is the Director of the Yale Glee Club and a Professor of Choral Conducting at the Yale School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Yale in 2003, he taught at Carroll University, where he was Director of Choral Activities, and also served on the conducting faculties of Smith College and St. Cloud State University.[1]

Douma has appeared as guest conductor throughout the world with such ensembles as the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Choir, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, and many others. He also currently serves as Musical Director the Yale Alumni Chorus and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT.[1]

Choirs under his direction have appeared in Leipzig's Neue Gewandhaus, Prague's Dvorak Hall, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Sydney Town Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, Avery Fisher Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and he has prepared choruses for performances under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Sir David Willcocks, Nicholas McGegan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir Neville Marriner, and Helmuth Rilling. An advocate of new music, he established the new Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition and has premiered new works by such composers as Dominick Argento, Ned Rorem, Lee Hoiby, and James MacMillan.[1]

Active as a clinician and guest conductor with musicians at all levels, he served four years on the conducting faculty at the Interlochen National Arts Camp, America's premier training ground for high school age musicians. As a singer, Douma has appeared as an ensemble member and frequent tenor soloist with many of the nation's leading professional choirs, including the Dale Warland Singers, Bella Voce of Chicago, the Arcadia Players, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under Helmuth Rilling, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

In the spring of 2003, Douma was one of only two North American conductors invited to compete for the first Eric Ericson Award, a new international competition for choral conductors, advancing to the semifinal round in October 2003, and appearing in Uppsala and Stockholm as conductor with four of Sweden's leading choirs.[1]

Jeffrey Douma earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, nationally renowned for its choral music program. He holds both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Conducting from the University of Michigan.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Director Jeffrey Douma". Yale Glee Club. Retrieved 20 December 2011.