2018 All-State Chorus

2018 All State Chorus


CONDUCTOR BIO

Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and lecturer. He has published more than 165 works, with: Oxford University Press, Carl Fischer, Alliance Music Publishing, Walton, Colla Voce, and Lorenz. Among his most famous works are: Lamentaciones de Jeremias, Amor de mi alma, I Am Not Yours, Homeland, Go Lovely Rose, Song to the Moon, and Hodie! (This Day). 

Stroope earned a master's degree in voice performance at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and his Doctorate in conducting from Arizona State University. In an electronic publication, Stroope states that even though he had dabbled in composition since the age of ten, it was not until he wrote The Cloths of Heaven, and Inscription of Hope, that he began to gain recognition. He states, “I was quite fortunate to have written some works that found great attraction across the country. That sort of catapulted my career compositionally. I was soon being asked to write pieces and conduct those works with the groups that commissioned them. Through conducting, you learn about what works in composition. Both aspects of my career took hold, and I’ve never looked back. I’m busier today than I’ve ever been.”

In addition to composing music and guest conducting, Stroope serves as the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University. He also heads the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Women's Choir. Before his appointment to OSU, Stroope held similar positions at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As a conductor, he regularly appears nationally and internationally in such venues as: Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Sopra Minerva (Rome), and the Kennedy Center.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stroope completed a Master of Music (Voice Performance) degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at Arizona State University.  He did post graduate work with Margaret Hillis, Chorus Master of the Chicago Symphony. As a recipient of the Australian-American Fulbright, he has also done work in western Australia. He and his wife, Cheryl (a junior high choral teacher), love to travel and spend time with their sheltie.

2018 Chorus Repertoire

Trinity Te Deum - Esenvalds - Christian (Musica Baltica 1416a - SATB w/ Piano Reduction)
Wie Lieblich sind deine Wohnungen - Brahms - Christian (CPDL 11828)
From Heaven Distilled a Clemency - O'Regan - Indian/Muslim/Secular poetry (Novello 293744 [Hal Leonard])
And Sure Stars Shining (SSA) - Stroope - Secular (Alliance Music Publ.)
Sto mi e milo (TTBB) - Macedonian Folk Song - Secular (Earthsongs S-416)
Little Birds - Whitacre - Secular (Walton 1023)
Alleluia - Runestad - Jewish roots, but universal, one-word text (JR0035
)
*updated 6/4


All-State Auditions

October 5         Choir Audition window opens at 6 am - click here for Audition Requirements and Accompaniment Tracks
October 6         Choir Audition window closes at 11:59 pm

October 17       Announcement of Selected Ensembles at 8 am

Chorus Audition Manuals / Info:

- 2018 NMEA Audition Guide + 2018 Chorus Auditions Manual 

- Audition Region Lookup Guide  


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