Dr. Randi Von Ellefson was appointed Professor of Music and Director of Choral activities at Oklahoma City University and as Artistic Director of Canterbury Choral Society in 2004. At Oklahoma City University, he directs the Chamber Choir and the University Men’s Chorus – two of the six choirs on campus – and teaches courses in the graduate choral curriculum.
He holds degrees from Texas Lutheran University, the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University. Ellefson is a founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), where he has served as president and treasurer.
He has taught choral music since 1977, beginning his career at Bethany Lutheran College (MN), Whitworth University (WA) and the University of Chicago (IL). Ellefson also was artistic director of the Elgin Choral Union (IL), the Spokane Symphony Chorale (WA), and was the first conductor of the Spokane Opera Company. While in Spokane, he served St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Millwood Presbyterian Church as director of music and is currently adult choir director at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.
Ellefson has been a guest conductor and professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, and taught at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He also has been president of the northwestern and central divisions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
During June 2011, Ellefson led a group from Canterbury on a tour to China, where they performed at the Tianjin Concert Hall, shared a joint concert with the Tianjin University “Peiyang Chorus” – one of China’s outstanding choral ensembles, and performed for a members-only concert at the newly opened National Music Centre in Beijing. In 2014, he will lead a group of seventy singers from Canterbury to Paris to join others in a performance of the Fauré Requiem and in a concert at the American Cemetery in Normandy.