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Judith Clurman (Choral Conductor)

Born: USA

The American choral conductor, composer and teacher, Judith Clurman, has bachelor's and master's degrees from Juilliard School of Music in New York.

Judith Clurman is the founder and music director of the Judith Clurman Chorale, a symphonic chorus comprised of 100 volunteer singers from New York and New Jersey who have dedicated themselves to achieving the highest level of choral performance. In addition to intensive study of a broad spectrum of choral literature, the singers work on vocal technique and sight reading skills. Many of them have previously performed with Judith Clurman in various choral projects in New York, including the New York Chamber Symphony, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Juilliard Evening Division Chorale, and Lincoln Center Salutes the New York Philharmonic.

The Judith Clurman Chorale began the 1998-1999 season with a concert performance of Georges Bizet's Carmen with Denyce Graves and the Berkshire Opera at Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood. At Thanksgiving the chorus performed in an ecumenical celebration at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Manhattan's Upper Eastside. In spring 1999, the group performed Johannes Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, and on the Trinity Church Noonday series in New York City. The women of the chorus made their debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, performing in Gustav Holst's The Planets with Charles Dutoit conducting.

Judith Clurman is the founder and music director of the acclaimed professional ensemble, the New York Concert Singers. She has appeared as guest conductor in a number of Lincoln Center series including Mostly Mozart, Great Performers and the Live from Lincoln Center television broadcasts. She has collaborated with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and has performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. She is director of the annual tree lighting at Lincoln Center, featuring Project Youth Chorus, Jim Henson's Muppets, and cast members from Sesame Street. In 1998-1999 season she prepared choruses for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Composer's Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Clurman is also artistic director of "Music of the Jewish Spirit," a new series at the 92nd Street Y. She has been a tireless proponent of American music and has conducted premieres of such prominent award-winning composers as Beaser, Leonard Bernstein, Bolcom, Corigliano, Glass, Kernis, Paulus, Rorem, Rouse and Zwilich, among others. Clurman's recordings with the New York Concert Singers include "Divine Grandeur" and "The Mask" (both on New World Records), the latter with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble.

Judith Clurman has been on the Julliard School of Musicl's faculty since 1989 and director of choral activities since 2001. In this post she founded in 2001 the Juilliard Choral Union and was its music director until 2007. The Juilliard Choral Union is an amateur group which includes singers from the New York area and the Juilliard School. It has performed with the New York City Ballet and as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Recent concerts of note include a performance at Carnegie Hall of Mozart's Requiem to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11 disaster.

Source: American Composers Orchestra Website (May 1999); PlaybillArts (May 2007)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

Judith Clurman: Short Biography | Juilliard Choral Union | Recordings of Vocal Works

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American Composers Orchestra: Biographies

A Conversation with Judith Clurman (Classical Domain Archives)
PlaybillArts: News: Juilliard Choral Union Director Judith Clurman .Resigns

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