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Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984)

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A singer and pianist, Dr. Joshua Fishbein composes vocal and instrumental music. His music has won awards from the following organizations: The American Prize, the American Choral Directors Association, BMI, the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, the Boston Metro Opera, the Cantate Chamber Singers, the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, Chorus Austin, the Delaware Valley Chorale, The Esoterics, the Guild of Temple Musicians, the Hollywood Master Chorale, the National Lutheran Choir, WomenSing, and others. Numerous talented artists and ensembles have premiered Dr. Fishbein’s music, such as soprano Ann Moss, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the CSU Fullerton University Singers, cellist Jonathan Thomson, pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi, the Luna Nova New Music Ensemble, the Manchester Chorale Society and Orchestra, the Pacific Youth Choir, Volti, and the Young New Yorkers Chorus. Dr. Fishbein has taught on the music faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Additionally, he has taught music courses at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), and the University of Maryland (UMD), where he won a Distinguished Teaching Award.

A choral conductor, ensemble leader, and singer, Dr. Fishbein served as Managing Director of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble, Assistant Conductor to David Conte of the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, and Interim Music Director of the Schola Adventus of San Francisco. He has sung baritone professionally with Volti, the Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, and the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, among many other Jewish and Christian liturgical ensembles.

Fishbein earned a Ph.D. in Music from UCLA. He completed his Master of Music in Composition at SFCM, with additional graduate studies at UMD. Fishbein won first prize in the San Francisco Conservatory Art Song Competition. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (Composition) from Carnegie Mellon University, where he won the Harry G. Archer Prize in orchestral composition. A native of Baltimore, Fishbein studied piano performance and music theory at the Peabody Preparatory. His composition teachers include Roger Bourland, Paul Chihara, David Conte, Richard Danielpour, Nancy Galbraith, Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, and Lawrence Moss.

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