Iva Dee Hiatt Distinguished Assistant Director of Choral Activities/ Lecturer in Music
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Joseph Baldwin is a Massachusetts-based conductor whose primary work explores the integration of choral music, dynamic programming and presentation, the conductor as servant leader, and the transformative power of community engagement.
Joseph has held appointments with Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Berkshire Choral Festival, and the Grammy® Award-winning choral ensembles at the University of Michigan. He has enjoyed conducting appearances at SongFest at The Colburn School, the Five College New Music Festival (MA), and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale University. Joseph has commissioned and premiered works by leading composers, including Dominick DiOrio, and prepared choruses for performances with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Kenneth Kiesler. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Founding Artistic Director & Conductor of the Community Chorus of Detroit. A strong advocate for the choral arts at all levels, Joseph is an active guest conductor/clinician with ensembles in the professional/pre-professional, collegiate, secondary, and sacred settings. A baritone, he has collaborated with some of the nation’s finest ensembles, including the Yale Choral Artists and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra/UMS Choral Union. He serves the greater choral community as the national board member (MA) for the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Joseph is the Iva Dee Hiatt Distinguished Assistant Director of Choral Activities & Lecturer in Music at Smith College, where he conducts the Smith College Chorus and teaches courses in conducting, musicianship, and studio voice. He received the master of music in conducting from the University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Jerry Blackstone, and the bachelor of music from Northwestern University.