Eric Barnum, Director of Choral Activities
A choral director and composer, Eric William Barnum continues to seek new ground musically. Working with choirs of all types and styles, his collaborative leitmotif endeavors to provide intensely meaningful experiences for singers and audiences.
Barnum, CMA, is currently completing the DMA program at 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 voice and vision is gaining popularity around the globe with performances from choirs internationally. He continually composes for all choral ensembles, 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 The Rose Ensemble, Kantorei (Denver), Coro Vocal Artists, as well as with many high schools and collegiate choirs. He has been selected as the Composer in Residence for the award winning ensemble Choral Arts in 2012 which will include a recording project of his recent compositions.