Jeffrey Douma is Professor of Conducting at the Yale School of Music, Director of the Yale Glee Club, Founding Director of the Yale Choral Artists, Artistic Director of the Yale International Choral Festival, and Musical Director of the Yale Alumni Chorus.
Douma has appeared as a guest conductor with leading choruses and orchestras on six continents, and also appears frequently as a guest clinician and master teacher. Choirs under his direction have performed in Leipzig’s Neue Gewandhaus, Dvorak Hall in Prague, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Notre Dame de Paris, Singapore’s Esplanade, Argentina’s Teatro Colon, the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, and he has prepared choruses for performances under such eminent conductors as Marin Alsop, William Christie, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir David Willcocks, Dale Warland, Krzysztof Penderecki, Nicholas McGegan, and Helmuth Rilling.
An advocate of new music, Douma established the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition and Fenno Heath Award, and has premiered new works by such composers as Caroline Shaw, Jennifer Higdon, Dominick Argento, Bright Sheng, Ned Rorem, Jan Sandström, Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Rene Clausen, Lewis Spratlan, and James Macmillan. He also serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, published by Boosey & Hawkes. His original compositions are published by G. Schirmer and Boosey & Hawkes.
Douma earned a Bachelor of Music from Concordia College and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan.