CRAIG DENISON is in his twelfth season with Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir, bringing a vast experience and expertise in working with boys’ as well as girls’ voices. Previously serving as Music Director for the Colorado Children’s Chorale and Associate Music Director and Conductor of The American Boychoir, Mr. Denison has participated in many significant performances for Children Chorus and Boychoir, including Mahler’s Eighth Symphony for Robert Shaw and the Cleveland Orchestra, Britten’s Spring Symphony for Richard Hickox in the BBC Promenade Festival, Mahler’s Third Symphony with both Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic, Ancient Voices of Children with the New World Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic, and many, many others. Additionally, Mr. Denison has prepared choirs and acted as vocal coach for several world and North American premieres, including Luciano Berio’s Ofanim in both Carnegie Hall and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Other premieres include Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Singing Child at Spoleto Festival USA, and works by Libby Larsen, Eric Whitacre and Stephen Hatfield. Mr. Denison has directed numerous concert tours around the world and throughout North America.
Mr Denison is in his final year at the University of Miami as a Teaching Assistant in the Ph. D. program. He also serves as the ACDA Southern Division R&S Chair in Boychoirs. Also a sought-after conductor and clinician, Mr. Denison is a regular guest conductor of Honor and All-State Choruses. He also teaches and presents regularly at the state and national level on the male singer, the changing voice, music literacy, choral performance and assessment.
Mr. Denison has prepared boys for numerous opera productions including The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, La Boheme, Turandot, Tosca, Summer and Smoke, Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Street Scene, and Gloriana with opera companies as diverse as Central City Opera to Los Angeles Opera to Florida Grand Opera.
In addition to his work with young voices, Mr. Denison founded the Schola Cantorum at Westminster Choir College where he served as Assistant Professor of Conducting. He has prepared choir for stage works and choreography throughout his career. As a solo singer he has appeared in performances with the Colorado Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA, the Westminster Choir, the American Boychoir, Delray Beach Chorale, and St. Clements, Philadelphia.
Mr. Denison holds a Master of Music degree with Distinction from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music degree from Houghton College, Magna Cum Laude.