Joseph Svendsen, D.M.A.
Division of Choral Studies, Co-Director
Joseph Svendsen is Co-Director of Choral Studies at UNLV, where he conducts the UNLV Singers, the university’s flagship choral ensemble, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, literature, and methods.
Svendsen performs with the professional San Antonio Chamber Choir, serves as the artistic director for the biennial Las Vegas Baroque Festival, and serves as the chorus master for Opera Las Vegas and assistant chorus master for the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
He has served as an invited conductor and clinician for middle school, high school, and church choirs in California, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas, and Wisconsin. He has presented recent interest sessions on rehearsal strategies at the Nevada and Western ACDA conferences and gives workshops and professional development seminars on assessment methods for secondary ensemble classrooms.
Previously, Svendsen served as an instructor at Texas Tech University where he conducted the Matador Singers men’s chorus and University Singers and taught courses in vocal pedagogy and choral methods. For six years he taught vocal music at Fort Dodge Senior High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa, conducting men’s and mixed choruses and teaching secondary general music, voice, and musical theatre.
Svendsen currently holds leadership positions in the Nevada Music Educators Association, Western Region ACDA, and the Keep Singing Project. He is the Collegiate Repertoire and Resources Chair for Nevada ACDA.
Svendsen 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.