william dehning, conductor

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1988 Sabbatical study in Germany

1980 Sabbatical study in England

1974-75 Participating Conductor, Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling

1971 DMA-Church Music with Highest Honors; University of Southern California; Dissertation: "A Study and Performance of 'Mass' and 'Cantata' by Igor Stravinsky"

1967 MM-Church Music with Highest Honors; University of Southern California; Thesis: "A Study and Performance of Mozart's Missae Brevis, K.220"

1966 BA-Music Education; University of California, Los Angeles


1992-2007 Chairman, Professor, Department of Choral Music, University of Southern California; conductor, USC Chamber Choir
2011  Guest Conductor, Pennsylvania Collegiate Honor Choir
2010  Guest Conductor, Formosa Singers, Taipei, Taiwan
2008  Guest Conductor, Pilgrim Mission Choir, Daegu, Korea
2008 Guest Conductor, Bucheon City Chorus, Korea
2007 Featured Lecturer/Clinician, Choral Seminar, Daegu,Korea
2006 Chorusmaster, LA Master Chorale for Mainly Mozart, San Diego, David Atherton, conductor, Mozart: Requiem and Coronation Mass

2004 Founding Member, National Collegiate Choral Organization

2004 Chorusmaster, LA Master Chorale for Pasadena Symphony, Jorge Mester, conductor, Handel: Messiah

2004 Chorusmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor (USC), Berlioz, Tristia

2002 Participant, International Choral Competition, Tours, France [see “Honors”]

2001 Guest Conductor, Bucheon City Chorus, Bucheon, Korea

2001 Chorusmaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Helmuth Rilling, conductor (USC), Bach: St. Matthew Passion

1999 Participant, International Choral Competition, Varna, Bulgaria [see "Honors"]

1999 Chorusmaster, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling, conductor (USC), Haydn: Die Schöpfung

1998 Chorusmaster, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling, conductor (USC), Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium (1-3)

1998 Clinician, Masterclass for Korean Choral Conductors, Seoul

1996 Chorusmaster, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling, conductor (USC), Bach: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

1995 Guest Conductor, National Chorus of Korea

1994 Guest Conductor, Karlovy Vary Symphony, Czech Republic

1991 Performances with Radio-Television Orchestra of Luxembourg (CCC) in Rheingau and Ottobeuren Festivals (Germany)

1988 Guest Lecturer, Hochschule für Musik, München

1985-1995 Founder/Conductor, California Choral Company (CCC), a professional chamber chorus

1972-present Frequent Clinician/Adjudicator/Guest Conductor: Honor Choirs, Festivals, Workshops, Masterclasses in the US, Europe and Asia

1972-1992 Professor of Choral Music, Director of Choral Studies, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

1970-72 Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan; Founder, Marquette Choral Society

Recipient of an Honorary Life Membership in the National Collegiate Choral Organization "For His Vital and Crucial Role in the Establishment of NCCO, and for His Performances, Contributions, and Distinguished Career as Teacher and Conductor," 2011
Recipient of the Thornton School’s highest honor, The Ramo Music Faculty Award, 2007 (USC)

Recipient of first annual Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003 (USC)

Prizewinner, International Choral Competition, Tours, France: First Prize, Mixed Ensemble; First Prize, Free Category; Best Renaissance Performance; Grand Prize, City of Tours, 2002

Prizewinner, International Choral Competition, Varna, Bulgaria: First Prize, Mixed Chorus; Best Conductor Prize; Grand Prize, 1999

Distinguished Faculty Award, Commencement Speaker (UOP), 1991

ACDA National Convention Appearances (CCC, USC), 1991, 1997, 2001, 2005

Prizewinner, International Choral Competition, Austria, 1983

ACDA Divisional Convention Appearances (NMU, CCC, UOP, USC) 1972, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004

Mortar Board Faculty Recognition Award (UOP), 1979, (USC), 2006

MM and DMA awarded Summa cum Laude, 1968, 1971

A Matter of Choice: Interpreting Choral Music; www.createspace.com 2012
Chorus Confidential: Decoding the Secrets of the Choral Art; Pavane Press, 2003

Rehearsal: Profane Commandments for the Sacred Process,
Tactus, Fall, 1987; reprints, 1988-2004

Charles Hirt: A Matter of Style, Tactus, Fall, 1998

Monteverdi: Lagrime dell' Amato all' sepulchro dell' Amata
Alliance Music (performing edition) 1998

Madrigal, compact disc, USC Chamber Choir, 1998

Broadside, The Choral Journal, December, 1997


William Dehning, DMA, conductor/consultant
Emeritus Professor of Choral Music,
University of Southern California

Past President-Founding Officer,
National Collegiate Choral Organization

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