Jeffrey Douma

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The Marshall Bartholomew Professor in the Practice of Choral Music


Jeffrey Douma has appeared as a guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents, presented at state, divisional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and National Collegiate Choral Association, frequently serves as a clinician at festivals and master classes, and has been an ensemble member and tenor soloist with many of the nation’s leading professional choirs. Douma’s original compositions are published by G. Schirmer and Boosey & Hawkes.

Douma serves in many roles at the Yale School of Music. As The Marshall Bartholomew Professor in the Practice of Choral Music, he heads the graduate choral program and teaches a studio of graduate-level conductors. He is also director of the Yale Glee Club, which under his direction was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best collegiate singing ensembles, and one of the most adventurous.” Douma is the founding director of the Yale Choral Artists, the artistic director of the Yale International Choral Festival, and the music director of the Yale Alumni Chorus, which he has led on many international tours. A champion of new music, Douma established the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition and Fenno Heath Award. He has premiered new works by many composers and serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, which is published by Boosey & Hawkes. Previously, he served as director of choral activities at Carroll College and taught at Smith College, St. Cloud State University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Douma earned a bachelor of music degree from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from the University of Michigan. He currently serves as director of music at the Unitarian Society of New Haven.