Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, USC
Conference Choir Director:
Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music's Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, where he conducts the USC Chamber Singers, teaches choral conducting and choral methods, and supervises the graduate and undergraduate choral program.
In 2008, he assumed a new post as National President Elect of the American Choral Directors' Association.
No stranger to the ACDA, Scheibe previously served as the organization's Western Division President (1991-1993), as well as National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Community Colleges (1980-1989).
Ensembles under his
leadership have sung at six national ACDA
conventions (1985, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2007), as well as two national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (1996, 2000), and various regional and state conventions.
A champion of contemporary music, Scheibe
regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature.
has helped to launch careers of promising young composers and to promote music by international composers largely unknown in the United States.
Music publishers Walton, Colla Voce Music and Santa Barbara distribute the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series internationally.
Fall 2008 marks Scheibe's return to USC
after a 15-year tenure as director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music
(1993-2008), as well as previous faculty appointments at Northern Arizona University
in Flagstaff (1985-1993), Long Beach City College
(1978-1985), Vintage High School
in Napa, California and Huntington Beach High School
D.M.A. from the University of Southern California
and his B.A. and M.M. degrees from California State University at Long Beach, where he
was presented with the distinguished alumnus award.
Scheibe has served as music and artistic director of several community choral organizations, including the Master Chorale of South Florida, the Tampa Bay Master Chorale and the Long Beach Master Chorale.
has directed music ministries in churches as well, most recently at Coral Gables Congregational Church
, where he
conducted the Chancel Choir and Vocal Ensemble, which appeared at the 2002 ACDA
Southern Division Convention in Nashville.
A member of Chorus America, the International Federation
of Choral Music, and several other professional and education organizations, Scheibe
is in frequent demand internationally as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choruses at the university, community college, community and secondary levels.