Craig Arnold has conducted in most of the United States, frequently at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and other major venues throughout the world. He has had an extensive career as conductor of choirs and orchestras of all ages; educator of graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle school students; guest lecturer for teacher and conductor training; and guest conductor of workshops, festivals, and all state choirs across the country. He is currently the Artistic Director of the professional Manhattan Chorale and Chamber Orchestra and President of New York-based Manhattan Concert Productions.
Passionate about outstanding performance, educational and artistic opportunity, Dr. Arnold founded Manhattan Concert Productions in 1999 and has since featured thousands of singers and instrumentalists at famous venues around the world. He recently added sister company CODA Concerts (Choral Organizations and Developing Artists) with a new and unique educational mission.
Arnold served as Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the internationally renowned Nordic Choir at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He had previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He has high school teaching experience from positions in Iowa and Minnesota, and music ministry experience from serving on church staffs in Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan.
Arnold’s education includes a doctorate in choral and orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY; a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Choirs under his direction have performed at state, regional, and national conventions, toured throughout the United States and abroad, and produced numerous CD recordings. The national broadcast of Christmas at Luther 2008 with Arnold as Artistic Director received a regional Emmy award. The University Chorale from Western Michigan, under Arnold’s direction, won first prize at the prestigious international choral competition in Wales.
Dr. Arnold serves as frequent guest lecturer and conductor throughout the United States and abroad having appeared in Japan, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Wales, Hong Kong, China, Russia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Austria and most of the United States, including Alaska.