Marvin, Jameson

Jameson Marvin was Director of Choral Activities, Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University for 32 years. From 1978 to 2010, Harvard’s Choral Program garnered a distinguished national reputation. Under his conductorship, the Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, rose to be among the premier collegiate choruses in America. These ensembles appeared at nine Eastern Division and seven National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and the Choral Program at Harvard was named by Classical Singer magazine the top collegiate choral program in the United States.
Dr. Marvin’s musicianship, comprehensive knowledge of style and performance practices of historical eras, and acknowledged mastery of ensemble music making have been the trademark of his insightful, communicative, and inspiring performances. Some 80 choral-orchestral masterworks from Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 to 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Moravec’s Songs of Love & War dot the landscape of his comprehensive experience in conducting symphonic-choral works from the 17th through the 21st centuries.
While Dr. Marvin’s performances of the masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque enjoy a distinguished national reputation, it is his unique knowledge of a cappella gems from the early 15th century through newly commissioned works of the 21st century, for men’s, women’s, and mixed choruses that reveal the full range of his comprehensive choral artistry.
Through his publications of important articles on choral style and performance practices as well as his many editions of choral literature of the Renaissance, Dr. Marvin’s well-known strengths as a choral scholar are revealed. His many folk song arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s, and women’s choirs appear in numerous publications and are performed throughout this country. Some 50 of his former Harvard students now hold significant choral positions in the United States.
Through his charismatic spirit, humor, musicianship and passion, over the past 40 years Jameson Marvin has enriched the lives of thousands of his choral singers, students, and choral colleagues through his uncommon wellspring of knowledge, experience, and inspired leadership.
Beginning in November 2010, at the enthusiastic suggestion of alumni, Dr. Marvin formed the Jameson Singers, 40 out of 60 of whom are his former singers at Harvard graduating between1980-2010. 2015 marks their fifth year and they were invited to perform at Chorus America’s National Conference in Boston, June 2015. Jameson Singers were also selected to sing at the Eastern Division Conference of ACDA in February, 2016. Beginning in 2011, Dr. Marvin has taught Choral Literature of the Romantic and Modern Eras for DMA students in conducting at Boston University.
Since retirement in 2010, Dr. Marvin has enjoyed brief residencies at the Universities of Southern California, Oregon, Stanford, Michigan, Yale, and Boston. In fall 2013, he was Visiting Professor of Music at Stanford University Conducting their choirs and teaching Topics in Choral Performance. He looks forward in these years of retirement to offer his expertise in conducting and teaching and in mentoring future choral conductors.

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