Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Festival Director
Z. Randall Stroope is widely known as a conductor, lecturer and composer. Choral groups under his direction have taken 35 national tours and 15 international tours, including China, Japan, Russia, Sweden, the Baltics, Finland, central Europe, England, Canada and South Africa. He is constantly sought after as a lecturer and guest conductor/composer, leading summer ACDA conventions in 12 states over the past three years. Dr. Stroope had performing groups on the 1999 ACDA National Convention in Chicago, and the International Society of Music Education in Pretoria, South Africa in 1998. He has conducted 19 All-State choirs, including California, Texas (twice) and Florida (twice). Dr. Stroope was honored as "Outstanding Choral Director of Nebraska" in 2000. He conducts a festival at Canterbury Cathedral in England every summer, as well as festivals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York. The University of Nebraska Omaha Concert Choir (which he conducts) performed on the North Central ACDA Regional Convention this Spring (2004). Dr. Stroope also wrote this year's Raymond Brock commission for the American Choral Directors Association, and it was performed at all 7 ACDA Regional Conventions in 2004.
Dr. Stroope presently lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is a Professor of Music and Kayser Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He serves as Director of Choral Activities at the University. Dr. Stroope has recorded eleven compact discs - two of his own music, titled Passages I & II: The Choral Music of Z. Randall Stroope.