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The Life and Career of Z. Randall Stroope: With a Special Focus on Hodie

Matthew P Hill, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953) is an American choral composer and conductor of high distinction. He has spent thirty-one years teaching in higher education, and has conducted 44 all-state choirs, in addition to annual festival conducting in England, Germany, Spain, and Italy. His compositional output includes more than 165 titles whose sales as of 2019 exceed three million copies. His composition teachers include Cecil Effinger, and Normand Lockwood, both of whom were students of internationally-renowned composer, conductor, and teacher, Nadia Boulanger. Dr. Stroope's conducting education includes a doctorate from Arizona State University, and private study with Margaret Hillis, who was the conductor of the Chicago Civic Symphony in the 1980's. This document is the first academic paper on the subject, and it seeks to provide biographical background and a broad view of his compositional catalog in its current state. The narrative relies heavily on in-person interviews, providing the reader with firsthand accounts of personal and professional development over the course of Stroope's career as a composer, touring conductor, and classroom educator.

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Hill, Matthew P, "The Life and Career of Z. Randall Stroope: With a Special Focus on Hodie" (2019). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI13857816.