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Albinder, Frank

He is a bass singer, arranger and choral conductor who received a degree in vocal performance from Pomona College in Claremont, California and Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music.

As a singer he has performed with ensembles that include the Boston Camerata, the Church of the Presidents, the Concord Ensemble, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and the Washington Bach Consort but he is perhaps best known as a singer, arranger and director of Chanticleer .

With Chanticleer for over a decade from 1988, he performed internationally in 20 countries and 50 states in the US and came to people’s attention with his solo performance of “Loch Lomond” on the album Wondrous Love.  He also held the positions of Acting Director and Associate Conductor with them and was the concept designer and decision maker on the content of their Grammy Award winner Color of Love.

Other albums he has appeared on as a singer or conductor include Renaissance Christmas and With Joyful Voice: Christmas Music of Eight Centuries by the Boston Camerata and Lost in the Stars, Mexican Baroque, The Music of Chen Yi and Sing We Christmas by Chanticleer and Love Songs for Chorus with the Woodley Ensemble.

Living and working in and around the District of Columbia since 1999, he has been the music director of the University of Virginia Glee Club since 2002, the Washington Men’s Camerata since 1999 and the Woodley Ensemble since 2000.  Other positions he has held are the Director of Choral Activities at Davidson College, North Carolina, from 1984 to 1988, the National Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs in the American Choral Director’s Association, Vice President of, the President of the Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus’s Inc and he is on the board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

Chanticleer recordings
Arirang (c15th Century Korean)
Teldec 16676 (CD: Wondrous Love: A World Folk Song Collection)
ArrangerChen Yi

Here he is interviewing Joseph Jennings of Chanticleer….