Bruce Chamberlain is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Director of the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and the founding Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He brings to these positions 38 years of professional and collegiate experience. In addition to the standing-room-only performances by the Arizona Choir on campus, over the past two seasons his guest appearances have included the Dvořák Stabat Mater with the Plovdiv Philharmonic in Vienna’s Musikverein, the City of Prague Philharmonic in The Dvořák Hall in Prague, the Duruflé Requiem with the New York City Chamber Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, an ACDA Central Division Conference High School Honor Choir in Cincinnati, Ohio, the International Conducting Institute at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, the Daegu City Choir in South Korea, adjudicator for the Chongshin University International Conducting Competition, and guest clinician/conductor for the Sarang Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea, the largest Presbyterian Church in the world with over 50,000 members. During 2015-16 season Chamberlain has accepted invitations to guest conduct the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem at the Varna International Conducting Academy and Madama Butterly with the Stara Zagora Opera in Bulgaria. In March, he will guest conduct the Gulfshore Opera Company’s fully staged production of Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion. Previously, Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg (Russia), San Antonio (Texas), Jackson (Tennessee), Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi Orchestra (Brno), Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa, New York City Chamber Orchestra and most recently, the SoliAll Philharmonic and Ryul Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Korea.
A summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, Chamberlain studied conducting with Julius Herford, Margaret Hillis and John Nelson, piano with Menachem Pressler, Wallace Hornibrook and Nicholas Zumbro, and has continued choral/orchestral conducting studies with Helmut Rilling, Sir Andrew Davis, Dale Warland and Robert Page. Bruce and his wife, Peggy have four children; they enjoy traveling but always look forward to getting back to their home in Tucson.