About Z. Randall Stroope
Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and university professor. He has had recent conducting engagements in Hong Kong, Rome, Barcelona, Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom (Austria), St. John (Canada), Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York), and performed music for mass at the Vatican on 11 different occasions. He is also the Artistic Director for two summer music festivals in Europe. Randall’s composition teachers were Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of the famous French teacher/composer, Nadia Boulanger (student of Gabriel Fauré). Principal publishers of his 180 works are Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications (Houston), Carl Fischer, Walton Music (Chicago), Santa Barbara Music Press (California), and Colla Voce (Indiana). His shorter choral works — best known of which are Conversion of Saul, Lamentaciones de Jeremias (watch the video), Amor de mi Alma (watch the video), Christi Mutter (watch the video), We Beheld Once Again the Stars (watch the video), Go Lovely Rose (watch the video), The Pasture, Revelation (watch the video), Homeland, I Am Not Yours, Caritas et Amor, Song to the Moon (watch the video) and Inscription of Hope — have sold four million copies. His choral cycle — Four Sonnets of Garcilaso de la Vega (which contains Amor de mi alma – watch the video) is also one of his most performed works. Extended works include Hodie! (This Day) (watch the video) for mixed chorus, brass/organ/percussion, Carmina Pax (a 30′ work premiered in 2018), for mixed chorus, orchestra, boy soloist, and baritone, American Rhapsody (watch the video) for mixed chorus and brass quintet or strings, and his solo song cycle, Love’s Waning Seasons (watch the video). He has published many instrumental works, including Fanfare (brass/percussion/organ) and Amor de mi alma (wind ensemble). Randall is particularly drawn to the poetry of Sara Teasdale, George Herbert, Rainer Maria Rilke, James Agee and Robert Frost. Recordings of his works can be heard through social media and his website (www.zrstroope.com).
As a guest conductor, Randall directed 20 summer international music festivals in England, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Italy, and conducted 46 American all-state choirs. He also taught lead summer sessions for FENIARCO (Italy) in 2017 and 2018 and Westminster Choir College in 2019.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stroope completed a Master of Music (Voice Performance) degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at Arizona State University. He did post graduate work with Margaret Hillis, Chorus Master of the Chicago Symphony. As a recipient of the Australian-American Fulbright, he has also done work in western Australia. He and his wife, Cheryl, love to travel and spend time with family.