Bruce Chamberlain

  • Professor, Music
  • Director, Choral Activities
  • Associate Director, School of Music

BM, Indiana University
MM, Indiana University
DMus, Indiana University

Bruce Chamberlain is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Director of the Fred Fox School of Music and founding Director of the TSO Chorus, bringing to these positions 40 years of professional experience. Recent guest appearances have included the Dvořák Stabat Mater with the Plovdiv Philharmonic in Vienna’s Musikverein, the City of Prague Philharmonic in The Dvořák Hall in Prague, the Durufle Requiem in Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, the International Conducting Institute at Westminster Choir College, the Daegu City Choir in South Korea, adjudicator for the Chongshin University International Conducting Competition, and guest clinician/conductor for the Sarang Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea. During the summer of 2016 Chamberlain led an international faculty at the Varna International Conducting Academy in Bulgaria, preparing students from around the world for concerts featuring choral/orchestral literature.  Guest conducting engagements in 2016 year have included a return engagement in Carnegie Hall conducting the New York City Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem and the Gulfshore Opera’s fully staged production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.   In addition, his Arizona Choir performed Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and performed at the AMEA In-Service commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. In 2017 the Arizona Choir partnered with True Concord for performances of Elijah and with the UA School of Dance for fully choreographed performances Stravinsky’s Les Noces, commemorating the ballet’s 100th anniversary.  During the 2017-18 season Chamberlain will conduct Messiah with the TSO, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in a collaborative performance with True Concord and his Arizona Choir on the UA Presents concert series and guest conduct the Gunsan City Choir in South Korea.  In addition he will prepare Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, Kaddish for the Tucson Desert Song Festival and Beethoven Ninth Symphony and Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls for the TSO Classics Series. A presentation at the ACDA conference in Pasadena entitled K. 626: Requiem but No Rest and a performance of Haydn’s Creation in Carnegie Hall will round out the year.  Chamberlain has also appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg (Russia), San Antonio (Texas), Jackson (Tennessee), Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi Orchestra (Brno), Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa, New York City Chamber Orchestra, SoliAll Philharmonic and Ryul Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Korea.

A summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with bachelor’s, master’s and DMus degrees, Chamberlain studied conducting with Julius Herford, Margaret Hillis and John Nelson, piano with Menachem Pressler, Wallace Hornibrook and Nicholas Zumbro, and continued choral/orchestral conducting studies with Helmut Rilling and Sir Andrew Davis. Bruce and his wife, Peggy enjoy traveling but always look forward to returning to their home in Tucson.



Bruce Chamberlain

Music Bldg, Room 109

Music Bldg, Room 248