Choral History: A Podcast with Josh Bronfman
By Josh Bronfman
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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.
||CleanEpisode 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...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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,...||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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...||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 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.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Randy Stenson||Josh and Randy share a common upbringing: both were slightly wayward students and late comers to choral music. But that’s where the similarities end. Randy talks about the growth and success of the incredible music program the he and his wife...||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Rodney Eichenberger||The incomparable Rod Eichenberger is Josh's guest in this week's episode. Rod has led programs at the University of Washington, USC, and Florida State University. For mere mortals, leading just one of those programs would be a major accomplishment....||9/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Doree Jarboe||This episode continues Josh's trip down his memory lane, and he finally gets to the source. Josh talks to Doree Jarboe, his former high school choir director and leader of one of the most popular high school choir programs in the northwest in the...||9/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - Bruce Browne||This episode Josh talks to Bruce Browne, emeritus professor from Portland State University, as well as former conductor of Choral Cross-Ties and the Portland Symphonic Choir. Bruce’s influence in the American choral scene is extensive, and Josh...||8/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - Ethan Sperry||Josh goes back to his roots when he travels to Portland, Oregon, where he grew up and had his first experiences with choral music. In this episode, the first of a number of “Portland” episodes, Josh talks with Ethan Sperry, who took over...||8/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Steven Zielke||Steve Zielke from Oregon State University is one of Josh’s early mentors. Steve and Josh talk about a million things, including performing esoteric music, singing for your father, strategic planning, how Steve septupled his music department,...||8/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Brian Schmidt||This episode I talk to Brian Schmidt, conductor of the South Dakota Chorale and Duke University Chapel at National ACDA in Salt Lake City, 2015.||8/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Cameron LaBarr||Josh has an unusual connection to Cameron LaBarr, the newest DCA at Missouri State University, and and when they talk about it, Josh learns a little about genealogy in the process. They also explore Cameron’s background, what it’s like to...||8/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Lee Nelson||In this week’s episode Josh visits Lee Nelson at Wartburg College in Iowa. Josh and Lee talk about pretty much everything under the sun in this wide-ranging and lively interview. Josh learns about Lee’s pedagogical ideas on conducting and...||7/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Matt Ferrell||Matt Ferrell from St. Cloud State University is a super nice guy, and a great choir director. Josh and Matt talk about his background and why you shouldn’t go to graduate school for a girl. They also explore how Matt builds tone, and Josh...||7/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Ken Sherwood||In Episode 3 of the Choral History Podcast with Josh Bronfman, Brad Sherwood and his father Ken sit down with Josh to further explore the 70+ years of the Sherwood family choral legacy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. We talk about Ken’s father,...||7/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Matt Mehaffey||Episode 2 of the Choral History Podcast with Josh Bronfman finds Josh and his buddy Matt Mehaffey from the University of Minnesota talking shop. They have a lot in common, but in this interview they discover that they actually have pretty different...||7/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Brad Sherwood||Welcome to the premiere episode of the Choral History Podcast with Josh Bronfman. In Episode 1, Josh sits down with third generation high school choir director Brad Sherwood. Hear his family’s incredible story, and marvel at Josh’s...||6/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
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!
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!!