Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Joshua Bronfman is Associate Professor and newly appointed Director of Choral Activities at Sam Houston State University, where he directs the SHSU Chorale and Women’s Choirs, as well as teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. He is also creator and host of Choral History, a podcast dedicated to conversations with choral conductors from around the world. Prior to his appointment at SHSU, Joshua spent a decade as Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Dakota, Artistic Director of the Grand Forks Chorales, and conductor of the Grand Forks Master Chorale.
In 2015 Joshua was a Fellow in the ACDA International Conductor Exchange Program, culminating in conducting and study opportunities in Sweden. Previously, Joshua was a Conducting Fellow for the Eric Ericson Masterclass in the Netherlands, where he directed the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Netherlands Radio Choir. In 2014 his UND Concert Choir won the American Prize in Choral Performance. His ensembles have performed at state and regional ACDA conventions five times in the last six years, including two performances at North Central ACDA conventions. He is an active clinician nationally, directing honor choir festivals at the middle, high school and collegiate levels. His published articles and presentations on choral music and choral music education have reached state, regional, and national audiences.
Joshua studied conducting under noted conductors such as Anton Armstrong, Bruce Brown, Rodney Eichenberger, Simon Halsey, and André Thomas. Joshua received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education and Choral Conducting at Florida State University, his Master's degree from Oregon State University, and his Bachelor's degree from Florida State University. Prior to pursuing his graduate degrees, Joshua was a music specialist in Oregon where he taught at the elementary and middle levels.