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Marguerite Brooks

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Marguerite Brooks
Associate Professor Adjunct of Choral Conducting Institute of Sacred Music
At YSM Since: 1985
Award(s): Choral Arts New England Lifetime Achievement Award (2019), American Choral Directors Association (Connecticut chapter) Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Yale School of Music Cultural Leadership Citation (2015)

Marguerite Brooks

Marguerite Brooks is chair of the choral conducting program at the Yale School of Music and director of choral music at the Institute of Sacred Music. She teaches a studio of graduate students in choral conducting and conducts the Yale Camerata.

As the founder and conductor of the Yale Camerata, she has brought together Yale students, faculty, staff, and community members to perform innovative programs featuring choral works from virtually every age and genre. A champion of new music, Brooks has commissioned or done first performances of many notable composers, most recently Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe. She has been a juror for the Eric Ericson conducting competition and has conducted, given master classes, taught and adjudicated in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Brooks holds a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master of music degree from Temple University. She has served on the faculties of Smith and Amherst Colleges and was Director of Choral Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She will retire from Yale at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.