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Clausen, René

Dr. René Clausen, born 1953, conductor of The Concordia Choir, is known nationally and internationally as a premiere conductor and composer. Serving as choral conductor at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota since 1986, Clausen has continued the choir's outstanding tradition and furthered its national and international reputation. He has developed a choir that blends rich aesthetic expression, tonal refinement, and technical skill, serving as a model for choirs throughout the country.

René Clausen is also a well-known composer and arranger, having written over one hundred commissioned compositions which are frequently performed worldwide. His compositional style is varied and eclectic, ranging from works appropriate for high school and church choirs to more technically-demanding compositions for college and professional choirs. Interested in composing for various media, Clausen's compositional interests include works for the stage, solo voice, film and video composition, choral/orchestral compositions and arrangements, as well as works for orchestra and wind ensemble. He regularly composes on a commission basis, and is a frequent guest conductor and composer-in-residence on a national and international basis. Special commissions include Canticle of Praise written for the King's Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well as all of the choral scoring and arrangements for the musical T*E*X*A*S.

Dr. Clausen has on three occasions written commissions at the request of the American Choral Directors Association. In 1994, he composed Crying for A Dream, a three-movement work based on Native American themes premiered at the North Central regional ACDA convention in Rapid City, South Dakota. Again in 2002, Clausen was invited by the ACDA to write the prestigious Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission for the 2003 national ACDA convention In New York City. Written for chorus, orchestra, and baritone solo, his composition MEMORIAL was inspired by the tragic events of 9/11/01 in New York City, and was premiered by the Concordia College Choir and Orchestra at Lincoln Center on February 15, 2003. Most recently, the ACDA of Minnesota asked René to compose a 50th Anniversary piece to be premiered in November 2012.

Choral music by René Clausen