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Paul Rardin


Choral Activities


    • M.M.: Conducting and Composition, University of Michigan
      D.M.A.: Conducting, University of Michigan

      Paul Rardin joined the faculty of Temple University as director of choral activities in 2011. He conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the six-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Under his direction the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club performed at the 2010 American Choral Directors Central Division Convention.

      In January 2015, Rardin was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. He will hold this position concurrently with his position at Boyer. Also in 2015, Rardin was named as the first Elaine Brown Chair in Choral Music at Temple University.

      Rardin has served as a guest conductor for all-state choirs in twelve states, for divisional honor choirs for the ACDA and Music Educators National Conference, and for Manhattan Concert Productions at Lincoln Center. He has presented clinics for state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. His engagements for 2013-2014 include conference presentations to Texas Choral Directors Association, New Jersey ACDA, and Oklahoma Music Educators Association, as well as all-state choirs in Illinois, Florida, and Arkansas.

      Rardin is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan, where he received the M.M. in composition and the D.M.A. in conducting. He has studied conducting with Theodore Morrison, Jerry Blackstone, and Gustav Meier, and composition with Leslie Bassett, George Wilson, and Robert Suderburg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Helmuth Rilling, Charles Bruffy, and Dale Warland. His arrangements of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles, many on the topic of contemporary music, have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, Resound, and Bel Canto.

    • Choral Compositions      
      2009 Sound Off  TTBB, percussion Santa Barbara Music Publishing
      2007 My Spirit Is Uncaged SATB, piano Santa Barbara Music Publishing
      Choral Arrangements      
      2003 Some of These Days SSA Santa Barbara Music Publishing
      2002 I’m A-Rollin’     SATB, piano Santa Barbara Music Publishing
      2000 Walk in Jerusalem SATB, piano Santa Barbara Music Publishing
      1998 Telemarketing Blues SSA, piano Santa Barbara Music Publishing
      1996 Hol’ You Han’    TTBB, piano Santa Barbara Music Publishing
        Back to Ethiopia TTBB, piano Santa Barbara Music Publishing



      2008     “Discovering Stockhausen Choral: A Compelling Personal Statement” Resound (ACDA, Central Division)

      2007     Critical Analysis: Rardin, arr., I’m a-Rollin’ in Buchanan, Heather and Matthew Mehaffey, eds. 2007. Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 2. Chicago; GIA Publications.

      2004     “Quality Repertoire for College/University Choirs,”  Choral Journal (ACDA)                           

      2002     “Assessing Excellence in Repertoire: An Adjudication Sheet for Quality in Choral Compositions,”  Choral Journal (ACDA)                 


    • 2013
      Guest Conductor, Pennsylvania District 11 High School Chorus, Horsham, PA

      Guest Conductor, Delaware All-State High School Mixed Choir

      Clinician, ACDA Maryland-DC Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Choral Conference, College Park, MD

      Headline Clinician and Directors’ Choir Conductor, Texas Choral Directors Association, San Antonio, TX

      Headline Clinician, New Jersey ACDA Fall Reading Session, Princeton, NJ

      Guest Conductor, Florida All-State Mixed Chorus, Tampa, FL

      Guest Conductor, Arkansas All-State Male Chorus, Hot Springs, AR