Joseph Svendsen

Joseph Svendsen, D.M.A.

Division of Choral Studies, Director

HFA 230B


Joseph Svendsen is the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he conducts the flagship ensemble, the UNLV Singers, and the Early Music Ensemble. He teaches graduate coursework in conducting and choral literature and serves as an advisor to graduate students seeking the MM in Choral Conducting.

Svendsen is the artistic director of the Las Vegas Master Singers, Las Vegas’s symphony chorus and the chorus-in-residence for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He is cantor and chorusmaster at Faith Lutheran Church in Summerlin, Nevada, and has served as a chorus master for Opera Las Vegas since 2017. Other professional engagements include singing tenor with Anúna and the San Antonio Chamber Choir. He has served as an invited conductor and clinician in California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Wisconsin and has presented at recent conferences of the Nevada Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. Svendsen’s research and artistry focus on sacred choral music. His most recent article, “Healey Willan: Crafting Plainsong” is published in CrossAccent, the journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Svendsen serves in leadership positions in the American Choral Directors Association and the Nevada Music Educators Association. He holds a Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University, a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Bachelor’s degrees from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His choral mentors and teachers include Richard Bjella, Chester Alwes, Craig Arnold, and Timothy Peter.