Our 35th Season Commissioned Composer
Z. Randall Stroope
is an American composer, conductor and teacher. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he completed a master's of music in voice performance at the University of Colorado Boulder and a doctorate of musical arts in choral conducting at Arizona State University. His composition teachers Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood were both students of the famous French teacher/composer Nadia Boulanger, herself a student of Gabriel Fauré. Stroope was the recipient of an Australian-American Fulbright scholarship and also did post-graduate work with Margaret Hillis, chorus master of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Stroope is internationally recognized for his compositional output and the quality of his writing. His compositions are performed regularly by esteemed ensembles throughout the world, and recordings of his works are heard frequently on radio and television broadcasts across the United States. He is particularly drawn to the poetry of Sara Teasdale, George Herbert, Rainer Maria Rilke, James Agee and Robert Frost for his lyrics. Major publishers include Alliance Music Publications, Colla Voce, Walton Music and Carl Fischer. Copies of his shorter choral works have sold in the millions. The Philippine Madrigal Singers recently captured the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing with a performance of his We Beheld Once Again the Stars
. In addition, Stroope [Randall] has published a number of instrumental works, including Fanfare
for brass, percussion and organ, and Amor de mi Alma
for wind ensemble.
Recent engagements have included venues in Europe, Singapore and the Vatican, and prestigious U.S. locales such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Chicago Orchestra Hall, the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Stroope has been a guest conductor for 37 all-state choirs. He is also the artistic director of two international choral festivals in Rome and Barcelona. He has a presence on YouTube, with 28 recordings of his works.
Dr. Stroope is currently the director of choral and vocal studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he conducts the Concert Chorale, the Chamber Choir and the Women’s Chorus, and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate choral conducting programs. Under his direction, the OSU Concert Chorale presents a seven-concert season each year. The group toured France and England in 2013, and Ireland and Scotland in 2015. Stroope is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding achievement in composition, conducting and teaching. When not immersed in music making, he and his wife, Cheryl, a junior high choral teacher, love to travel and spend time with their sheltie.