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Managing artistic director Joel M. Rinsema joined Kantorei in 2014, becoming the second conductor in its history. A frequent collaborator and champion of new works for chorus, Rinsema has commissioned and premiered works by many leading contemporary composers including Kim André Arnesen, Mason Bates, René Clausen, Ola Gjeilo, Mark Hayes, Cecilia McDowall, Jake Runestad and Eric Whitacre.

He is a passionate advocate for the professional choral art form, and he frequently consults with other choral arts organizations locally and around the US. For leadership in his field, Rinsema received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America.

He is an accomplished conductor of major works for choir and orchestra and was one of 18 conductors chosen in the US through audition to participate in masterclasses and workshops presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and Chorus America. He also serves as the North American choral promotion manager for Oxford University Press.

Prior to Kantorei, Joel Rinsema enjoyed a 23-year tenure with the GRAMMY award-winning Phoenix Chorale, serving in nearly every capacity within the organization. As assistant conductor, Rinsema contributed to all aspects of artistic planning and leadership.

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARNESEN, K.A.: Infinity / Choral Works (Kantorei, Rinsema) Naxos
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
RUNESTAD, J.: Choral Music (Sing, Wearing the Sky) (Kantorei, Rinsema) Naxos
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular

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