Z. Randall Stroope
Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and university professor. His composition teachers were Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger, both students of Nadia Boulanger, the famous French teacher (and student of Gabriel Fauré.) He studied conducting with Douglas McEwen and Margaret Hillis. He is the artistic director of international summer music festivals in Rome and Barcelona, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Chicago Orchestra Hall, and other U.S. and international venues. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall every year since 2001. Randall has directed music for mass at the Vatican on six different occasions. A very active clinician, he has conducted 41 all-state choirs, and hundreds of music festivals.
Randall has 145 published musical works and received numerous composition awards. Homeland, The Pasture, All My Heart This Night Rejoices, The Cloths of Heaven and Danny Boy are among his best known Colla Voce works. Recordings of his music can be heard on his web site (www.zrstroope.com), publisher websites, or definitive recordings he has made of his works for YouTube.
A Professor of Music and Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University, he has conducted Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Elijah (Mendelsohn), Messiah (Handel), Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Te Deum (Bruckner), Coronation Mass (Mozart) and many other works, as well as several international tours. At the same time, he maintains very guest conducting and lecture schedule, working with a myriad of high school, collegiate and community ensembles on most weekends of the year.