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Dr. Randi Von Ellefson

Dr. Randi Von Ellefson

Dr. Randi Von Ellefson,
Director of Choral Activities
School of Music
Music Conducting & Ensembles

Biography

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. Under his direction, Canterbury has expanded its repertoire, increased the number of singers in the ensemble and presented three world premieres (works by Stephen Paulus, Dominick Argento and David Janssen) in the past several years. At Oklahoma City University, he directs the Chamber Choir and the University Men’s Chorus and teaches courses in the graduate choral curriculum.

He holds degrees from Texas Lutheran University, the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University. He is a founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) where he has served as president and treasurer and has been re-elected president, beginning his term in 2015.

He has taught choral music since 1977 beginning his career at Bethany Lutheran College (MN), Whitworth University (WA) and the University of Chicago (IL). Dr. 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 also was conductor of major Holiday Concerts, Cathedral Concerts and other Pops with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. 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.

Dr. 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 has been president of the Northwestern and Central Divisions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and served in leadership roles in the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

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 led 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. His choirs have performed at Regional and National Conferences of ACDA and the OCU Chamber Choir has performed twice at the State of Oklahoma OMEA Conference in Tulsa.

Randi Von Ellefson has conducted many all-state choirs, had choirs perform at state, regional and national conventions of MENC and ACDA, served as an adjudicator at national choral competitions and lead choirs in national and international tours in Europe, Asia, Australia and Russia. Reviews (in Fanfare and Gramophone magazines) of choral performances and recordings have noted a particular ability of his choirs to “sing from the heart” and “express significant emotion and depth of feeling” while “maintaining superb intonation and technical precision.”

Contact Information

B206
Bass Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106