Eric Barnum, Director of Choral Activities
A conductor and composer, Eric William Barnum continues to passionately
seek new ground in the choral field. Working with choirs of all kinds,
his collaborative leitmotif endeavors to provide intensely meaningful
experiences for singers and audiences.
Barnum is currently the Director of Choral Music at the University
of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He holds a DMA in Choral Conducting from the
University of Washington, under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Boers. He
has an advanced degree in conducting from Minnesota State University,
primary study with Dr. David Dickau, as well as BAs in Composition and
Vocal Performance from Bemidji State University. He has appeared as a
conductor across the United States, and has had the opportunity to work
with some of the most innovative minds in the choral field.
His compositional voice and vision is gaining popularity around the
globe with performances from choirs internationally. He continually
composes for choral ensembles of all types, from professional to youth
choirs, and has received numerous awards and prestigious grants such as a
Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship and a McKnight Foundation Grant. He
has also held residencies with such ensembles as Choral Arts (Seattle,
WA), The Rose Ensemble (St. Paul, MN), Kantorei (Denver, CO), Magnum
Chorum (Minneapolis, MN), Coro Vocal Artists (Tucson, AZ), as well as
with many high schools and collegiate choirs.