Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and university professor. Randall has conducted concert in 25 countries, is the Artistic Director of two international summer festivals, and has directed music for Vatican mass on 10 different occasions. In the last year, he has conducted in Hong Kong, Rome, Singapore, Barcelona, Dublin, and St. John (Canada). In the United States, Randall has conducted nearly 40 performances at Carnegie Hall, and numerous appearances at Chicago Orchestra Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other venues. He has conducted 44 all-state choirs. Ensembles under his direction have performed at two national ACDA conventions, four regional ACDAs, and numerous state conventions. He has made nearly 70 YouTube recordings, as well as 13 compact discs.
A native of New Mexico, Randall attended the University of Colorado and Arizona State University, receiving a masters in vocal performance and doctorate in conducting, respectively. He taught high school for seven years in Denver, Colorado, and has been Professor of Music at three universities. Randall has received numerous awards including the Douglas R. McEwen Award for National Choral Excellence (Arizona State University), Oklahoma State University’s Eminent Professor for 2018 as well as a Regent’s Distinguished Professor. At OSU, he currently holds the Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair and Regents Distinguished Professor of Research. In composition, Randall’s teachers were Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger, both students of Nadia Boulanger, the famous French teacher (and student of Gabriel Fauré.) He has 180 published works, and sold over four million copies. He has written commissions for many entities, including West Point Military Academy, Raymond Brock commission (ACDA), Taiwan Chamber Choir, Carols for Choirs 5 (OUP), Music Teachers National Association, and numerous secondary schools, universities, state music education associations, and professional chorales.