Joseph Liebling, Spring 2011 BCCO Guest Conductor


  Photo: Christian Fritze

Joseph Liebling will be the BCCO Guest Conductor this semester while our Music Director, Arlene Sagan, continues to recover from the health issues that beset her earlier this year.   

 

He has helped us out before on special occasions, and we are fortunate to have him again.  Joe has degrees in piano and orchestral conducting from Juilliard and Columbia University.  

 

A native of New York, he sang with Robert Shaw’s Collegiate Chorale, formed and conducted choruses on the East Coast, and toured for Columbia Artists Management.  Now a Californian, Joe has been a part of the Bay Area music community for many years.  

 

He founded the Richmond Symphony Chorus (now known as the Contra Costa Chorale),  directed the acclaimed Oakland Symphony Chorus for more than two decades, led annual choral-orchestral concerts of the Oakland Symphony, helped found the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and conducted it 1973-74.  

 

From 1974-1981 he served on the Choral Advisory Board of the National Endowment for the Arts, participating in the development of guidelines for grants to choral organizations. 

 

He has also served on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and  Merritt College, as well as at other colleges.  Joe has been a guest conductor at the BCCO Music retreat weekends and even participated in the Un-talent  show.