The Manhattan Concert Chorale and Chamber Orchestra are conducted by Music Director, Craig Arnold. Dr. Arnold has had an extensive career as conductor of choirs and orchestras of all ages; educator of graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle school students; guest lecturer for teacher and conductor training; and frequent guest conductor of workshops, festivals, and all state choirs across the country. Having recently completed a tenure as Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the internationally renowned Nordic Choir at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he is currently the Chairman of Manhattan Concert Productions, a New York City-based production company he founded in 1999.
In addition to Luther College, Dr. Arnold previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He has high school teaching experience from positions in Iowa and Minnesota, and music ministry experience from serving on church staffs in Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan.
Arnold’s education includes a doctorate in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY; a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Choirs under his direction have performed at state, regional, and national conventions, toured throughout the United States and abroad, and produced numerous CD recordings. The national broadcast of Christmas at Luther 2008 with Arnold as Artistic Director received a regional Emmy award. The University Chorale from Western Michigan, under Arnold’s direction, won first prize at the prestigious international choral competition in Wales.
Dr. Arnold serves as frequent guest lecturer and conductor having appeared in Japan, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Wales, Hong Kong, China and Spain, as well as most of the states in this country.