Bradley Ellingboe

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Bradley Ellingboe (born April 16, 1958) is an American composer. From 1985 to 2015 he was on the faculty of the University of New Mexico, where he was Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities.

Born in Lakeville, Minnesota, Ellingboe is a 1980 graduate of Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he received a degree in Music Theory and Composition, studying with Kenneth and Carolyn Jennings. He then attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, graduating with degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting. At Eastman his major teachers were Jan DeGaetani, Donald Neuen, Alfred Mann and Samuel Adler. He has done additional study at the University of Oslo, the Aspen Music Festival and the Vatican.

Ellingboe is well known as a composer and arranger of choral music, with over 150 pieces in print. His "Requiem" for chorus and orchestra has been heard in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. "Star Song" for chorus, tenor solo and orchestra was premiered in Lincoln Center and Great Britain in 2014. He has won annual awards in composition from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) since 2000. Ellingboe is editor of Choral Music for Sundays and Seasons (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2004) a compendium of sacred choral music. He is also well known as an expert on the vocal music of Scandinavia, and particularly the songs of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843–1907). His editions of Grieg's songs: 45 Songs of Edvard Grieg (1988) and A Grieg Song Anthology (1990) are both published by Leyerle Publications. For his work on making the music of Norway better known among English-speaking singers, Ellingboe was awarded Sankt Olavs Medaljen by His Majesty, King Harald of Norway, in 1994.

He has curated the choral series Music for the Church Year (Neil A. Kjos Music Company) since 1996. In 2017 he also became Senior Editor for National Music Publishers.


  • 45 Songs of Edvard Grieg (c) 1988, Leyerle Publications
  • A Grieg Song Anthology (c) 1990, Leyerle Publications
  • Choral Literature for Sundays and Seasons (c) 2004, Augsburg Fortress Press
  • A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting (c) 2019, Neil A. Kjos Music Company

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