René Clausen is professor of music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and has served as conductor of The Concordia Choir since 1986. He is the artistic director of the Emmy award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts, which are frequently featured by PBS stations throughout the nation.
Clausen is a renowned composer and arranger, having written more than 100 commissioned compositions for organizations such as The King’s Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the American Choral Directors Association. He is also a frequent guest conductor, composer-in-residence, clinician and lecturer. Clausen has conducted such works as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and several of his own works including Gloria – in three movements. On several occasions, Clausen has conducted at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall.
Clausen graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and received a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana. In 1996, Clausen was named the Paul J. and Eleanor Christiansen Chair in Choral Music at Concordia. Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen, a 13-track recording of compositions by Clausen sung by the Kansas City Chorale won two Grammy® Awards in 2013, including Best Choral Performance. Clausen’s highly anticipated, On Earth As It Is In Heaven by Ennio Morricone, is now available.