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Jeffrey Douma

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Jeffrey Douma
Professor Adjunct of Choral Conducting Yale School of Music
Director, Yale Glee Club Department of Music
At YSM Since: 2003
Award(s): Eric Ericson Award Semifinalist (2003)
Our world needs things that bring us joy and that bring us together by demonstrating our shared humanity. The arts do this, and I believe choral singing does it in a uniquely powerful and direct way.

Jeffrey Douma

Our world needs things that bring us joy and that bring us together by demonstrating our shared humanity. The arts do this, and I believe choral singing does it in a uniquely powerful and direct way.

Jeffrey Douma has appeared as a guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents, presented at state, divisional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and National Collegiate Choral Association, frequently serves as a clinician at festivals and master classes, and has been an ensemble member and tenor soloist with many of the nation’s leading professional choirs. Douma’s original compositions are published by G. Schirmer and Boosey & Hawkes.

Douma serves in many roles at the Yale School of Music. As Professor of Choral Conducting, he heads the graduate choral program and teaches a studio of graduate-level conductors. He is also Director of the Yale Glee Club, which under his direction was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous.” Douma is the founding Director of the Yale Choral Artists, the Artistic Director of the Yale International Choral Festival, and the Music Director of the Yale Alumni Chorus, which he has led on many international tours. A champion of new music, Douma established the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition and Fenno Heath Award. He has premiered new works by many composers and serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, which is published by Boosey & Hawkes. Previously, he served as Director of Choral Activities at Carroll College and taught at Smith College, St. Cloud State University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Douma earned a bachelor of music degree from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan. He currently serves as Director of Music at the Unitarian Society of New Haven.

Guest Conducting Performances
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore’s Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Orchestra, Academica Athens Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Choir, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Solistas de la Habana, Istanbul’s Tekfen Philharmonic, Norway’s Edvard Grieg Kor, Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Hong Kong Youth Music Camp, New Haven Symphony Orchestra

Master Classes
China International Chorus Festival, University of Michigan School of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Royal Academy of Music in London, Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, Berlin Radio Choir

Residences
Nordic Choir at Luther College, Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing