Z. Randall Stroope is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he conducts the Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir, and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting program. Under his direction, Concert Chorale presents a seven-concert season each year, including works such as Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Messiah (Handel), and Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Carmina Burana (Orff) and others. He directed the OSU Concert Chorale on a tour of France and England last summer. The ensemble will perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the spring of 2015 in New York, as well as perform other concerts in the Baltimore and New York area.
Stroope is an American composer, conductor and lecturer. He has had recent conducting engagements at the Sopra Minerva (Rome), American School in Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom (Austria), Notre Dame (Paris), Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), and five performances at the Vatican in the past four years. He has conducted in Carnegie Hall every year since 2001. Dr. Stroope is also the Artistic Director for an international summer music festival in Europe.
Stroope’s long-time composition teachers were Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of the famous French teacher/composer, Nadia Boulanger (student of Gabriel Fauré). The principal publishers of his 125 published works are Alliance Music Publications, Oxford (England), Carl Fischer, Walton and Colla Voce. He has conducted and produced 28 YouTube recordings of his works and his music is played regularly on National Public Radio.
His compositions have been recorded or performed by prestigious ensembles nationally and internationally, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Luther College Nordic Choir, University of Miami Frost Chorale, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Concordia Choir, Oklahoma State University, Prairie Voices (Canada), Oriana Women’s Choir, United States Navy Sea Chanters, Grex Vocalis, NOVA, Bella Voce, Turtle Creek Chorale, Westminster Choir College and University of British Columbia.
Dr. Stroope has received many awards, including Distinguished Professor of Creative and Scholarly Research (1995–2001), the Douglas R. McEwen Award for National Choral Excellence, Nebraska Choral Director of the Year, Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair in Choral Music (2014-2015), and one of five Oklahoma State University Distinguished Professors (2013-2014), as well as several composition awards.
As a guest conductor, Stroope has directed 38 all-state choirs (including all four Texas All-States), and conducted music festivals in 45 states. He has directed 12 summer international music festivals in England, Germany and Italy.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stroope completed a Master of Music (Voice Performance) degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at Arizona State University. He did post graduate work with Margaret Hillis, Chorus Master of the Chicago Symphony. As a recipient of the Australian-American Fulbright, he has also done work in western Australia. He and his wife, Cheryl (a junior high choral teacher), love to travel and spend time with their sheltie.