Dr. Olsen has been conducting choirs for over twenty years and is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Baker University where he oversees the choral program, directs three choirs, and teaches conducting, aural skills, and other music education courses, and supervises student teachers. Prior to teaching at Baker he served as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and as Director of Choral Activities at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. He received his doctorate in choral conducting with a cognate in music education from Arizona State University where his primary teachers were Dr. David Schildkret and Dr. Gregory Gentry. He received his Masters and Bachelors degrees in music education from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where his primary teachers were Dr. Charles Robinson, Dr. Eph Ehly, and Dr. William Frederickson. He has taught at all levels of choral music education from middle school through college and is frequently sought as a clinician and conductor of honor festival choirs. He also regularly presents pedagogical and interest sessions at state, regional, and national conferences for music educators and choral conductors. Research interests include: the use of early music as instructional and performance repertoire, teaching audiation to choirs, encouraging mindfulness in music education and ensembles, choral/vocal pedagogy - particularly with changing voices, conducting pedagogy, and promoting music by living composers.
Video footage of concert performances, conducting portfolio, and rehearsals.
PDF files of slide shows and handouts from sessions at conventions and conferences.
Choral scores from the Renaissance and Late Middle Ages for sight-reading and audiation exercises, as well as performance. Meticulously edited and in modern notation for public domain use! Also check out SSAA/TTBB scores.
Choral scores for three voices. Great for teaching polyphony or for choirs with more sopranos and altos than tenors and basses!
Early Music for two voices. Great for teaching young singers to sing polyphony. Accessible for all ages and voices. Great for teaching sight-reading, audiation, and for performance! Also look for unison scores.
Coming soon...blog on choral/vocal pedagogy, conducting technique, mindfulness in music education, and more!
Are you looking for a festival or honor choir conductor, a choral clinician, or a music education consultant? Are you looking for early music that is appropriate for any age or experience level choir? Want to learn more about audiation, mindfulness, my philosophy on choral/vocal/conducting pedagogy, or any of the other topics in one of my presentations? Please send me a message!