Early Music Skills & Interests
Conductor, Countertenor, Recorder, Renaissance Winds, Tenor
Early Music Affiliations
Jameson Marvin from 1978-2010 was Director of Choral Activities, Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University. He conducted the Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. Under his conductorship these ensembles appeared at seven National and ten Divisional Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His ensembles were considered to be among the premier collegiate choruses in America, and he joined Early Music America at the establishment of this organization.
Dr. Marvin’s choral artistry is mirrored by his knowledge of style and performance practices of historical eras, and his insightful, communicative, and inspiring performances. Some 80 choral-orchestral masterworks from the 17th through the 21st centuries, and his unique knowledge of a cappella gems from the early 15th century through newly commissioned works of the 21st century, for men’s, women’s, and mixed choruses reveal the full range of his comprehensive musicianship.
In 2010, Dr. Marvin formed the Jameson Singers, a 60-voice community choir in which many of his former students sing. The Jameson Singers were honored to be selected to sing at Chorus America’s National Conference in Boston, June 2015. Since retirement Dr. Marvin has enjoyed choral residencies at the Universities of Southern California, Michigan, Yale, Boston, Oregon, and Stanford. The Boston Globe calls Dr. Marvin "a choral conductor of consummate mastery."
Raised in Glendale, California, he received his B.A. degree in Music Theory, History, and Composition from the University of California Santa Barbara, the M.A. degree in Choral Conducting and Early Music Performance from Stanford University, and the D.M.A. in Choral Music from the University of Illinois.
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