Faculty Profile for Dr. Jonathan Babcock
Biography and EducationJonathan Babcock is in demand as a conductor, educator and clinician internationally. He has been privileged to work with such artists as Richard Tucker Award winner Stephanie Blythe, and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, in highly esteemed venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York City; The Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China and The St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. He has lead performances at American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association and New York State School Music Association conventions. Working as an advocate for contemporary choral music, he has overseen the commissioning of new works by composers such as Paul Moravec, David Del Tredici, John Conahan and Stephen Paulus.
Dr. Babcock is an Associate Professor at Texas State University where he conducts the Texas State University Singers and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, literature and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Texas State, Babcock served as Associate Professor at the Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Performance highlights include the choral theater work The Greatest Generation THE BEATS featuring the world premiere of John Conahan’s setting of the epic Allen Ginsburg poem Howl; a performance tour of China featuring a performance of the Mozart Requiem in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing; a performance tour of Germany and the Czech Republic in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s theses; a fully staged performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and an interactive, multimedia concert celebrating the music of the Republic of Georgia.
In 2011 Babcock traveled to the Republic of Georgia on a Research Enhancement Grant to study their vast musical heritage and learn the traditions of this ancient musical culture. In December 2013 Babcock travelled to Tel Aviv, Israel as an artist-in-residence at Lehman College of Education at Tel Aviv University. In January of 2014 he presented a workshop on choral techniques for instrumental conductors for the National Convention of the Collegiate Orchestra Directors Association, and in 2015 he presented “Less is More: Optimizing Your Conducting Technique” at the Texas Music Educators Association convention. In addition to performing and lecturing, Babcock has contributed several articles to the American Choral Journal on Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; as well as the last interview with the late Maestro Richard Westenburg.
Babcock’s 2017-18 season will include a presentation at the 2017 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, and appearing as featured artist at the West Valley College Annual Invitational Choral Festival, San Jose, California. Texas State University Singers repertoire includes Russell Schulz’ Requiem, the premiere performance of Roger Henry’s Remembrance, and Debussy’s Trois Chanson de Charles d’Orleans.
Babcock received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam where he studied conducting with the late Brock McElheran and voice with Patricia Misslin; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford where he studied conducting with Paul E. Oakley and Edward Bolkovac.
Teaching InterestsConducting Technique
Research InterestsFolk Music of the Republic of Georgia, Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," conducting technique
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Conductor, Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.
September 28, 2018.
- The Common Experience: Innovation. September 28, 2018 TXST Performing Arts Center-Recital Hall.
- Guest Artist (named Conductor Emeritus), Empire City Men's Chorus 25th Anniversary Celebration.
March 26, 2019 - March 28, 2019.
- Retrospective. March 26, 2019 - March 28, 2019 Church of the Holy Apostles 296 9th Ave (@ w28th Street), 10001, Manhattan, 296 9th Ave (@ w28th Street), 10001, Manhattan.
- Remembrance. March 2018, Choir and Orchestra.
- Project Coordinator, Prayers Of The Caribbean.
March 3, 2018.
- Prayers Of The Caribbean. March 3, 2018 Evans Auditorium, Texas State University.
- Babcock, J. P. (2018). Empowering Student Leadership Through Music. Choralnet.org. Retrieved from https://www.choralnet.org/2018/02/empowering-student-leadership-music/
- Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Teaching, School of Music. December 17, 2018 - Present
- Award / Honor Recipient: November 2018 Texas State Quarterly Team Award, Texas State University. November 9, 2018
- Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University, School of Music. 2017
- Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University, School of Music. 2016
- Award / Honor Recipient: Conductor Emeritus, Empire City Men's Choir. May 2014
- Babcock, Jonathan P. The Folk Music Tradition of the Republic of Georgia, Alkek Library, Texas State University, $1200. (Funded: December 2011). Grant.
- Babcock, Jonathan P. Ralph Allwood: The British Choral Tradition, University Lecture Series, Texas State University, $870.00. (Submitted: February 1, 2018). Grant.
- Babcock, Jonathan P. Repertoire Bibliography, Alkek Library, Texas State University, $1075. (Submitted: October 2016, Funded: January 2017 - 2017). Grant.
- Babcock, Jonathan P (Co-Principal), Beatty, Caroline C (Principal). Gesture Matters, Texas State University Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $16000. (Funded: January 2017 - December 2017). Grant.
- Babcock, Jonathan P. Robert Levin, guest lecturer, Faculty Senate, Texas State University, $750. (Submitted: October 2014, Funded: January 2015 - May 2015). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
Student Government Task Force
September 7, 2018-Present
College Of Fine Arts & Communication Curriculum Committee
September 1, 2017-Present
School Of Music Planning Committee
September 1, 2016-Present
Texas State Alumni Choir
July 16, 2016-Present