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Joshua Fishbein

Location: California, USA
An accomplished singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) is a natural fit as a composer, choral conductor, and teacher of music. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Fishbein studied piano performance and music theory at The Peabody Preparatory (1998 – 2002), where he won three awards of achievement in theory. Fishbein’s Hebrew choral music was recognized with its inclusion in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project (2005) and Shalshelet’s Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music (2006). Also, his orchestral arrangements of Hebrew choral music can be heard on Cantor Emanuel Perlman’s CD recording, Face to Face (2007).
Completing undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Music Composition at Carnegie Mellon University (class of ‘06), Fishbein won the Harry G. Archer Prize in orchestral composition for his senior project, Shoreside Melody (2006). Fishbein completed his Master’s degree in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (class of ‘09), where he won first prize in the San Francisco Conservatory Artsong Competition (2009). Fishbein has also won WomenSing’s Youth Inspiring Youth Competition (2009), The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS Competition (2010 – 2011), and the National Lutheran Choir’s 25th Anniversary Choral Composition Competition (2011). He was recently named a finalist in the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Choral Composition Competition (2011).
As a conductor, Fishbein was Music Director of the Schola Adventus of San Francisco (2007 – 2008) and Assistant Conductor to David Conte of the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus (2007 – 2009).
As a singer, Fishbein has sung baritone with such professional choral ensembles as Volti (2007 – 2010), the Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (2008), and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (2008 – 2010).
Finally, as a teacher, Fishbein has instructed ear-training and music theory at the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco (2009 – 2010) and the University Maryland School of Music in College Park (2006 – 2007), where he won a Distinguished Teaching Award (2007). He has also held Graduate Assistantships in Musicianship and Theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2007 – 2009) and at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music (2010 – ), where he is a PhD student in Music Composition.
Fishbein’s primary composition teachers include Nancy Galbraith and David Conte. He has also studied in masterclasses, workshops, summer programs, and privately with John Adams, Roger Bourland, Robert Beaser, Ian Krouse, Libby Larsen, Philip Lasser, David Lefkowitz, Lawrence Moss, Stephen Paulus, Steven Sametz, and Chen Yi.
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