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College Theory Program and Great Choirs

I have an outstanding high school student who is looking at his options for undergraduate school. He wants to be a composer. He also is a fine baritone soloist, and I could imagine him becoming a choral conductor. What recommendations do you have for a highly regarded theory/composition program, which also has great opportunities for choral singing with a fine conductor-mentor?
Tom Bookhout
on January 18, 2014 2:49pm
USC.  Can't think of any place that combines these two strengths better.
Frank La Rocca
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on January 18, 2014 3:56pm
I can highly recommend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. David Conte was my composition mentor there; and I was also his assistant conductor with the Conservatory Chorus. Teaching composition is not just a job for him. David continues to help his students professionally and artistically even after graduation. There are also many excellent professional choral singing opportunities in the Bay Area, especially if you have a good ear.
Joshua Fishbein
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on January 18, 2014 6:52pm
I would highly recommend St. Olaf College.
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on January 19, 2014 4:02am
The unanswered assumption here is whether the student's wishes to be a music major are more appropriate for him than a broader college education with perhaps a dual major.  So often kids who are fine musicians also excell academically in other areas; those talents should be honored as well.  I know several who held similar aspirations who attended Williams College and majored in Math/Music, English/Music, Chemistry/Music, etc. who went on to have excellent careers as professional musicians.  Whether Williams, St. Olaf, or elsewhere it's an option that sometimes is overlooked.
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on January 19, 2014 11:41am
Temple University's Boyer College of Music has one of the best balances between comnservatory-style training and academic background to be found.
Hope ths helps,
Riobert A.M. Ross
info(a) <Robert Ross 11>
on January 19, 2014 12:32pm
I hope he will consider ASU.
on January 19, 2014 7:32pm
I would recommend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I am a recent Luther graduate (Class of 2013) and can highly recommend both the choral program and the composition program. I had several friends who were composition majors at Luther and have gone on to be quite successful. I studied conducting extensively with Dr. Allen Hightower and cannot recommend him more highly! I also had the pleasure of being mentored by Weston Noble during my time at Luther, which was a great honor. If your student would like to know more about Luther, I would be happy to discuss it further with him! Please send me a private message, if that is the case, and I will send along my contact information. 
All the best,
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on January 20, 2014 3:39pm
Westminster Choir College! A fantastic combination of world-class choral conductors in the classroom, amazing choral performance opportunities off-campus and a theory department full of working composers.
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