John Rommereim is Blanche Johnson Professor of Music at Grinnell College, where he conducts the Grinnell Singers and the Grinnell Oratorio Society, and teaches composition. He is active as a pianist, conductor, and composer. The New York Times praised the “richly expressive” character of his work for voice and piano, “Into the Still Hollow.” His choral works have been performed by ensembles across the United States, including Magnum Chorum, the Princeton Singers, VocalEssence, Voces Novae, Roomful of Teeth, the Norfolk Festival Choir, and The Rose Ensemble, for whom he served as 2008-09 composer-in-residence. As a composer, he has collaborated on two theater works with his colleague at Grinnell College, Craig Quintero: Rheingold (2014), and The First Time I Walked on the Moon (2018), which was performed at the Taiwan International Theatre Festival, the Tainan Festival of the Arts, and the BeSeTo Festival in Gwangju, South Korea. His works written in collaboration with flutist Claudia Anderson have been performed at the National Flute Association convention and internationally by the ZAWA flute duet. His music is published by Walton Music, Oxford University Press, earthsongs, Alry Publications, and Roger Dean Publishing. Rommereim’s choral/orchestral work “Utopia” (2000) was premiered with the Prague Radio Orchestra and the Grinnell Singers, and his choral cycle “Convivencia” (2006), a six-movement work for choir, string quartet, and harp, based on ancient love poetry from Jewish, Islamic, and Christian traditions, was premiered by Voces Novae, of Bloomington, Indiana, at a special event co-sponsored by Jewish, Muslim, and Christian organizations. He is the recipient of commissions and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, the Iowa Composers Forum, and the Iowa Arts Council.
He has conducted the Grinnell Singers on concert tours across the United States and in Estonia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey. The ensemble has been invited to perform at two regional ACDA conventions. The Grinnell Singers have recorded Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, as well as a CD with Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year as its centerpiece. His translation of Pavel Chesnokov’s seminal treatise, “The Choir and How to Direct It” is published by Musica Russica.