The first Lloyd Ketterling Christmas Carol, composed by René Clausen, will be premiered by CAE at their Christmas concert at Assisi Heights.
World-renowned composer and conductor Dr. René Clausen is currently celebrating his 25th year at Concordia College, as artistic director of the award-winning Concordia Christmas Concerts and conductor of acclaimed The Concordia Choir.
Clausen is a renowned composer and arranger, having written dozens of commissioned compositions for famed performances, including "MEMORIAL" and "Crying for a Dream" for the American Choral Directors Association. In 1998, he created the René Clausen Choral School, an intensive five-day program for choral conductors, and is the founder of the René Clausen Music Company.
Clausen graduated in 1974 from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and received a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Prior to his appointment as conductor of The Concordia Choir, Clausen was director of choral activities at West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas, and assistant professor of choral music at Wichita (Kan.) State University. He also served as senior editor of Mark Foster Music Company and as interim conductor of the National Lutheran Choir of Minneapolis.