Bruce Chamberlain is Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Director of the University of Arizona School of Music. He brings to these positions over 35 years of professional and collegiate experience. In addition to the standing-room-only performances by the Arizona Choir on campus, just this year 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, OH, the International Conducting Institute at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, the Daegu City Choir in South Korea, adjudicator for Chongshin University International Conducting Competition, and guest clinician/conductor for the Sarang Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea.
Most recently Chamberlain accepted an invitation to guest conduct the Haydn Creation at the Varna International Conducting Academy in Bulgaria. Previously, Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg (Russia), San Antonio (TX), Jackson (TN), the Imperial Symphony Orchestra (FL), the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, the Czech Virtuosi Orchestra (Brno), the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, The Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Tucson Chamber Orchestra, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa 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 DMus degrees, Chamberlain studied conducting with Julius Herford, Margaret Hillis and John Nelson, piano with Menahem Pressler, Wallace Hornibrook and Nicholas Zumbro, and has continued choral/orchestral conducting studies with Helmuth Rilling, 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.