Heritage Chorale Leaders | Artistic Director | James Kallembach
James Kallembach, artistic director of Heritage Chorale, is director of choral activities and senior lecturer in music at the University of Chicago, where he conducts the University Chorus, Motet Choir, and Rockefeller Chapel Choir and directs the Vocal Studies and Choral Scholars programs.
He is also the founder and director of the Quire and Place concert series at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
A versatile conductor, Mr. Kallembach has performed large portions of the canonic choral literature of all periods.
has been called a "first-rate choral conductor and scholar" by the Chicago Tribune
, and his
interpretation of new music has been heralded as "rich and polished" by the Chicago Classical Review.
A tireless advocate of new choral works, he
has conducted premieres of works by William Bolcom, Shulamit Ran, and James MacMillan, among others.
Mr. Kallembach's work as a composer has been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; the American Choral Directors Association; the American Composers' Forum; the Brooklyn Art Song Society; Boston Chorus Pro Musica; and VocalEssence, to list a few.
Mr. Kallembach received his doctorate in choral conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.