Grant Cochran

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Biography

Grant Cochran (b. 1962) began his professional musical career at the age of eight as a soprano (and subsequently, a tenor) in the choir of Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, one of Baltimore's premier men and boys' choirs. He later gained his first conducting and composing experience as director of his high school's select singing-group, the Traveling Men of Gilman School.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in music and history from Trinity College (CT), Dr. Cochran attended the Yale University School of Music, where, as the valedictorian of his Master of Music class, he went on to earn the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting. While at Yale, Dr. Cochran studied conducting under Marguerite Brooks and Fenno Heath and has received further training from Robert Shaw, Sir David Willcocks, Helmuth Rilling, Stephen Cleobury, Fiora Contino, and Gustav Meier. His composition and arranging teachers were Maury Yeston, Gerald Moshell, Fenno Heath and Willie Ruff.

Dr. Cochran is currently the conductor of the 160-voice Anchorage Concert Chorus and its 40-voice ensemble, the Anchorage Concert Chorus Chorale. During his tenure, the Concert Chorus has collaborated with all of the major arts organization in Anchorage as well as with various orchestras from the "lower 48" and abroad, such as the National Symphony (USA), the Academy of Oxford Orchestra (England), the Moscow and St. Petersburg State Philharmonic Orchestras (Russia) and the Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra (Czech Republic). The Concert Chorus also has had the privilege of sharing the stage with a range of acclaimed artists that have included Jerome Hines, Judy Collins, Ethos Percussion Group and the Chieftains.

Dr. Cochran has served on the faculties of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University as Director of Choral Activities. His teaching at the secondary level has encompassed public and private school positions in Alaska and Connecticut, most notably with Grace Christian School (AK) and The Canterbury School (CT). Throughout his varied career, he has enjoyed work as conductor, arranger, music director, accompanist, adjudicator, singer and actor for numerous opera, theatre, choral and church organizations throughout the United States.

An Alaskan since 1992, Dr. Cochran makes his home in Anchorage with his wife, Lorna, and their four children.

 

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