Meet the Composer Festival
This is an annual two-day event in Des Moines that brings young central Iowa singers and a professional composer together for learning and fun. Day one is devoted to high school (and above) choirs. Day two features treble singers in grades 4 - 8 -- both individual singers and invited choirs. An internationally known choral composer serves as the in-residence clinician and conductor for the event. The composer's own music is the focus of the festival.
The conductor works with students throughout each day of the festival, and at the end of the day, the singers deliver a public concert.
The dates for the 2019 Meet the Composer Festival are April 5 - 6. Our clinician will be composer Jacob Narverud.
Jacob Narverud is an American composer, arranger/orchestrator, and conductor. Born and raised in Kansas, Narverud is now based in New York where he is the music director of the Molloy College Chamber Singers and professor of conducting.
Dr. Narverud has taught at both secondary and collegiate levels, most recently as the Director of Choral Activities at Emporia State University, where he conducted the A Cappella Choir, founded the Tallgrass Chamber Choir & Orchestra, and taught courses in secondary choral methods and conducting.
With a background in musical theater, instrumental, and choral music, Narverud is an active guest conductor/clinician for all-state choirs across the country. He has been commissioned to write new works for ensembles in Michigan, Mississippi, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, New York, Oregon, and Connecticut. Jacob holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music & Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA, MM, Choral Conducting) and Emporia State University (BM, Vocal Performance).
Narverud's compositions and arrangements are published by Santa Barbara, Alliance, Alfred, Carl Fischer, G. Schirmer, Wingert-Jones, Lawson-Gould, Shawnee Press, and Hal Leonard.