Choral History is a podcast dedicated to conversations with choir conductors from around the world. We explore the choral art form from the inside with honest talk from the artists themselves. The conversations are light-hearted and fun, but also honest and real, and explore the work of the conductor as you’ve probably never heard it before.
Episode 19 - Elena Sharkova
If you’ve ever seen her run a rehearsal you are familiar with the incredible combination of ferocity, passion, liveliness, and extraordinary musicianship that is Elena Sharkova. Fresh off her engagement with the BBC Singers, Josh and Elena meet to talk on the day of her guest appearance with the Houston Chamber Choir, where she led a program of Russian music. They cover her unusual path to professional conducting, the conducting education program in Russia, and what it’s really like to lead a professional choir.
Episode 18 - Judy Bowers
Few loom as large in influence as Dr. Judy Bowers, former professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University and soon to be Biedenharn Chair in Music at at University of Louisiana Monroe. A humble southerner with impeccable credentials, her influence on the training of choral music educators in the United States is close to unparalleled. Josh talks to her at his old place of work, and with a wicked cold, but the conversation manages to shed some light on Judy’s path, her grounded focus on work and family, and inevitably, what it means to be a woman in this profession. Listen to this fascinating conversation with another huge influence in the choral world.
Episode 17 - Tim Sharp
If you don’t know Tim Sharp, the dynamic and charismatic Executive Director of ACDA, you are missing out. Tim is a man of many talents, a raconteur, a gadfly, and just a ton of fun to hang out with. Tim has a really interesting story and knows how to tell it with humor and insight. Not only that, but Tim has real vision about what ACDA is and what he wants ACDA to become in the future. This interview with Tim took place in 2016 at the North Central ACDA conference in South Dakota, on the top floor of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, and covers the gamut from some impromptu singing, to the future of choral music in America. Come hear Josh and Tim solve all the world’s choral problems.0
Episode 16 - Dominick DiOrio
In case you didn’t know, Dominick DiOrio, Associate Professor at Indiana University and conductor of NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, is a young dude. Younger than you. And probably more accomplished than you too. So let that sink in and make you feel old and unworthy. But seriously, Dominick is a great conductor, composer, and all around nice person. This is Josh’s second interview in Sweden, which took place at the Scandinavian Choral Conference in Malmö, and he and Dominick talk about all sorts of issues, ultimately deciding that the next ACDA conference should be run entirely in German. Hope you enjoy this conversation.
Episode 15 - Gary Graden
On a visit to the choral mecca of Sweden, Josh spends some time with the amazing Gary Graden, conductor of the St. Jakob’s Chamber Choir (one of the best amateur choirs in the world). Josh and Gary talk about his background, how he came to call Sweden his home, and of course Eric Ericson. Listen to the idilic sounds of the Swedish countryside rushing by (and also some Swedish girls texting and playing cards), as Josh interviews Gary on the train from Kalmar to Stockholm after a gig. Be warned that you’ll want to visit Sweden after listening to this episode…and also be warned that you should definitely go!
Episode 14 - Choral History Update
Choral History is back from the dead! Josh briefly discusses the effects of life on podcast production and previews upcoming episodes.
This is a great podcast with awesome insights for choral enthusiasts of all levels. I look forward to playing it any chance I get. It has energized my rehearsals and personal music studies. Thank you!
An incredible resource
Although I'm a little late to the game with this podcast, I can say without a doubt and without reservation that this is one of the best resources to chore conductors, choral musicians and choral teachers of all levels. Thanks Josh! Please don't stop!!
These podcasts are both entertaining and educational. Bronfman really engages the conductor in a lively discussion that goes far beyond the average music interview. It is real people talking about their craft in a candid way. After listening you really know the musician, their process, and the person. This truly is a great listen! Highly recommended!