Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and university professor. Randall has conducted concert in 25 countries, is the Artistic Director of two international summer festivals, and has directed music for Vatican mass nine times. In the United States, Randall has conducted 35 performances at Carnegie Hall, 18 performances at Chicago Orchestra Hall, and made several conducting appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among many venues. He has conducted 44 all-state choirs and over 400 music festivals in the United States. Randall studied conducting and score study with Margaret Hillis in Chicago.
In composition, Randall’s teachers were Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger, both students of Nadia Boulanger, the famous French teacher (and student of Gabriel Fauré.) He has 170 published works, and sold over four million copies. His best known works include Conversion of Saul, Psalm 23, Lamentationes de Jeremias, Hodie! (This Day), Amor de mi alma, Go Lovely Rose, Dies Irae, and Homeland. Carmina Pax – a 30-minute for chorus and orchestra – was just premiered this year by the Arlington Master Chorale and Orchestra. He publishes with Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publisher, and E.C. Schirmer, among others.
A native of New Mexico, Randall attended the University of Colorado and Arizona State University, receiving a masters in vocal performance and doctorate in conducting, respectively. He has been Professor of Music at three universities, and received numerous awards including the Douglas R. McEwen Award for National Choral Excellence (Arizona State University), Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair and Regents Distinguished Professor of Research (Oklahoma State University). Ensembles under his direction have performed at two national ACDA conventions, four regional ACDAs, and numerous state conventions.