PARMA is happy to congratulate choral conductor Harold Rosenbaum for winning the 2014 Ditson Conductor’s Award. This annual prize is presented by Columbia University and is the oldest continuing accolade honoring conductors whose commitments to the advancement of American music are worthy of distinguishable merit.
Since the award’s establishment in 1945, recipients include James Levine, Leonard Bernstein, George Manahan, Christopher Keene, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy and last year’s winner, Jeffrey Milarsky. As a choral conductor, Harold Rosenbaum stands out among this group of orchestral conductors for his continued devotion to choral music as a popular concertized genre.
Harold is the founder and director of several choral institutions, including the New York Virtuoso Singers and the Canticum Novum Singers. With his choral ensembles, Harold has commissioned 61 works and conducted over 475 world premieres. He is a strong proponent of contemporary and particularly American composers. He is also the founder of the annual Harold Rosenbaum Choral Conducting Institute, held this summer at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
As the lead choral conductor for PARMA, Harold has been featured with the New York Virtuoso Singers on the Navona releases VOICES OF EARTH & AIR (2013) and Alexandra Ottaway’s TETRAHEDRON DREAMS (2014) as well as the Ravello release ORPHEUS LEX (2014) by Marie Nelson Bennett.
More information about Harold can be found on his website: www.haroldrosenbaum.com