Dr. René Clausen is professor of music at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and has served as conductor of the Concordia Choir since 1986. Additionally, he is the artistic director of the award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation.
Clausen is a renowned composer and arranger, having written over 100 commissioned compositions including MEMORIAL and Crying for a Dream for the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a frequent guest conductor, composer-in-residence, clinician and lecturer. Clausen has conducted such works as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and several of his own works including Gloria – in three movements – performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, where he also recently conducted Handel’s Messiah. On September 11, 2011, he conducted his MEMORIAL at Lincoln Center to commemorate the 10th anniversary.
Clausen graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and received a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In 1996, Clausen was named the Paul J. and Eleanor Christiansen Chair in Choral Music at Concordia.