Iva Dee Hiatt Distinguished Assistant Director of Choral Activities/ Lecturer in Music
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A person of diverse artistic interests, Joseph Baldwin is a 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, Berkshire Choral International, and the Grammy® Award-winning choral ensembles at the University of Michigan. An active guest conductor and collaborator across the United States, he has enjoyed conducting engagements at SongFest at The Colburn School, the Five College New Music Festival (MA), and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale University. Joseph is passionate about contemporary music and regularly partners with living composers, including Dominick DiOrio and Anne LeBaron. He has prepared choruses for performances with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Kent Tritle, Nicholas Cleobury, and Kenneth Kiesler. A strong advocate for the choral arts at all levels, Joseph is an active clinician with ensembles in the professional/young artist, collegiate, secondary, and sacred settings. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Founding Artistic Director & Conductor of the Community Chorus of Detroit, now a cultural force in the Detroit-area arts scene. A baritone, he sings as a soloist and ensemble member with the nation’s leading ensembles, including the Yale Choral Artists and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra/UMS Choral Union.
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 and musicianship. He received the M.M. in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Jerry Blackstone, and the bachelor of music from Northwestern University.