William Jon Gray
Assistant Professor; Chair - Choral Conducting
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- B.M. in Vocal Performance, New England Conservatory, 1983
- D.M. in Choral Conducting, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 2008
William Jon Gray is chair of the choral department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he conducts the Pro Arte Singers—the university's internationally recognized early music chamber choir—and teaches graduate-level conducting, choral literature, and score reading. He was named chorus director of Chicago's Music of the Baroque in 2010, collaborating with conductors Jane Glover and Nicholas Kraemer.
Gray has been associate conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California, leading major choral and orchestral works and preparing performances with internationally renowned conductor Bruno Weil. He has also been assistant conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston.
He has made guest appearances with orchestras and at festivals around the United States, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Princeton Festival, National Chamber Orchestra, Billings Symphony, and the Lafayette Symphony. He has appeared as guest director of the professional chorus of Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival, collaborating with Carlos Kalmar in performances of Dvorak's Requiem and The Spectre's Bride, as well as Haydn's The Seasons. He has prepared choruses for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra, and he currently serves as faculty director of opera choruses for Indiana University Opera Theater, collaborating with such notable directors as Tito Capobianco (La Traviata), Colin Graham (Peter Grimes), Vincent Liotta (A View from the Bridge), and Tomer Zvulun (Faust).
Gray served as artistic director of the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, D.C., from 1986 to 1993 and was artistic director of the Bach Chorale Singers from 1994 to 2010, conducting more than 100 performances of major choral works. With the Bach Chorale Singers, he received national critical acclaim for the commercially released recording, In Praise of the Organ: Latin Choral and Organ Music of Zoltán Kodály. In November 2012, Jubilate, a new recording of early and modern Christmas music was released featuring the professional chorus and orchestra of Chicago's Music of the Baroque.
Gray studied at Indiana University, New England Conservatory, Boston University, and The Juilliard School. He performed frequently with Robert Shaw as a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, both in recordings and in concerts in France and at Carnegie Hall.