Professor of Music & Director of Choral and Vocal Studies
Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair in Choral Music
Regents Distinguished Professor of Research and Excellence
2015 College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Mentor
Z. Randall Stroope is one of the most active American choral conductors and composers working today, with recent conducting engagements at the American School in Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral, England, Salzburger Dom in Salzburg, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Vancouver Symphony (British Columbia), and two performances of mass at the Vatican in the past year. He has conducted at Carnegie Hall every year since 2000.
Dr. Stroope is the Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he conducts the Concert Chorale and Chamber Choir and coordinates the undergraduate and graduate vocal program at the University. Dr. Stroope is also the Artistic Director of a summer international choral festival in Rome, Italy and Barcelona, Spain. He has conducted 41 All-State Choirs.
Dr. Stroope studied composition with Cecil Effinger and Normand Lockwood, both students of Nadia Boulanger (who was a student of Gabriel Faure'). Stroope has published 145 musical works with Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publishers, Colla Voce Music, MorningStar, and Walton Music. His compositions are performed regularly by esteemed ensembles throughout the world, including professional ensembles in France, Holland, Hong Kong, Spain, Japan, Australia, the Czech Republic, and Indonesia. Dr. Stroope has personally conducted/recorded 13 professional compact discs.
Dr. Stroope was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received a Master of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in choral conducting from Arizona State University (where he recently received the Douglas R. McEwen award for National Choral Excellence).