Jennaya Robison is appointed artistic director of the National Lutheran Choir, St. Paul, Minnesota; she is the third artistic director in the organization’s 37-year history. Robison will assume her role on July 1, succeeding David Cherwien, who retires after 21 years of service.
Robison holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and has directed the graduate program in choral conducting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where she led the UMKC Conservatory Singers. Robison finished her Bachelor of Music degree at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and obtained her Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her work in choral conducting includes serving as associate professor of music at Luther College from 2013 to 2020 and founding Scottsdale Musical Arts in 2009. As a clinician and guest speaker, Robison frequently appears at regional and national choral conferences and seminars. She edits the Jennaya Robison Series with Pavane Music; regularly leads all-state and honor choirs, workshops, and festivals; and serves as the American Choral Directors Association national co-chair for student activities. She has conducted or performed many choral works in the classical canon and is an active arranger of choral music.
Robison has sung with the Dale Warland Singers, True Concord Voices, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and the Tucson Symphony among other ensembles. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America. Robison has also held leadership positions at Lutheran churches in Arizona, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota.
For Robison’s inaugural season with the National Lutheran Choir from September 2023 to April 2024, she will program, prepare, and conduct the All Saints concerts, Christmas Festival, lead a tour to North and South Carolina, and present late April concerts in the Twin Cities.
For information: nlca.com.
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