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Judith Clurman is an Emmy and Grammy nominated conductor, vocal educator, and choral specialist. Her love of music from many genres has allowed her to seamlessly build bridges across an array of diverse musical styles. She conducts Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), collaborates with the Omaha Symphony on their Sacred Voices and Community Concerts and the New York Pops on their Carnegie Hall subscription series, and maintains an active vocal studio. She recently conducted the Österreich Festival Orchestra and the Music Celebrations Chorus at the Mozarteum Grosser Saal, Salzburg and the nationally televised July 4th Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular. Her new Sono Luminus CD, Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas, with her Essential Voices USA, soloists Jamie Barton and Maureen McKay, features traditional carols and new works written for her by Jennifer Higdon and Nico Muhly.

Photo © Peter Schaff. All rights reserved.

Judith has worked with many of the world’s finest symphonies and has commissioned and premiered works by over fifty prolific American composers; a Who’s Who of composition icons, this esteemed list includes Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Jason Robert Brown, Marvin Hamlisch, Jake Heggie, Jennifer Higdon, and Nico Muhly. She has also been involved with highly praised US premieres of the music of Philip Glass, Rossini, and Wagner, along with the World-Premiere of a newly-discovered canon text by Mozart for Lincoln Center’s Mozart Bicentennial, and a Leonard Bernstein arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, performed at Harvard.

Conducting Essential Voices USA and Josh Schmidt
for The Composer Speaks series. (Clip on YouTube)


Rehearsal in Salzburg

Rehearsal for Mozarteum, 2015
Photo: © Bruce Ruben


“Judith Clurman - the exceptional conductor”

— Time Out, New York

“A model of choral virtue.”

— The New York Times

“I love getting in the studio with Judy”

— Idina Menzel


Bernstein Meets Broadway, Barnes and Noble 9/15/2014.
(Clip on YouTube)

Students and professionals alike cherish Judith as an educator and mentor across numerous musical fields, and her current and former students work in major opera companies, musical theater productions, and conducting positions worldwide. She served as Director of Choral Activities at The Juilliard School from 1989-2007, as Co-Director for Harvard University’s Leonard Bernstein: Boston to Broadway Festival, as a faculty member and vocal specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts/Columbia University Institute of Classical Music, and as a Visiting Artist/Conductor at Cambridge University, Berlin Universitat Potsdam, the Zimriya in Israel, the Janacek Academy in the Czech Republic, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Carnegie Hall

Conducting the World Premiere of Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukkah at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Grace Lam. All rights reserved.

Judith received an Emmy nomination for her work as Associate Music Director for Season 39 of Sesame Street, and the Grammy nomination for her ensemble’s participation on a recording in the Contemporary Classical Composition category. She edits choral editions for G. Schirmer, Schott and Hal Leonard and she is a member of ASCAP, ASCAP’s Special Classification Committee, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

- Updated September 2015

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Katrina Schmidt writes in Omaha’s about.com

I. Interview with Judith Clurman (PDF)

II. Choral Repertoire with Judith Clurman (PDF)

II. From Sesame Street to Carnegie Hall with Judith Clurman (PDF)

IV. Preserving and Supporting the Choral Tradition (PDF)

Magic Flute House

Judith in Salzburg, at the Mozarteum, in the “Magic Flute House“