Setnor School of Music
Associate Professor, Applied Music and Performance (Conducting)
Director, Choral Activities
John F. Warren is an associate professor and director of choral activities at the Setnor School, where he conducts choirs and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and rehearsal techniques. During his ten-year tenure, Syracuse choirs have been invited to perform at numerous state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and toured throughout the northeast United States and Canada, as well as Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Poland, and Uruguay.
In 2015, the Syracuse University Singers won the Grand Prix at the Florilegé Vocal de Tours in France, and they will compete for the European Grand Prix in Varna, Bulgaria, in May 2016. The choir’s first CD, Mysteries and Wonders, is available on ITunes and Amazon.com. Additionally, his ensembles have regularly sung major works with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor with Symphoria, the professional orchestra of Syracuse. He is a 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Prior to coming to Syracuse, he was the director of choral activities at Erskine College in South Carolina.
Warren holds the bachelor of music degree with a major in church music from Furman University, the master of music degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Miami. In addition, he has worked with numerous outstanding conductors, including Robert Shaw, Frieder Bernius, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Page, Helmuth Rilling, Digna Guerra, Rodney Eichenberger, and Jo-Michael Scheibe. In 2012, Warren was one of seven American conductors chosen to participate in the ACDA International Conductor Exchange Program. Through this exchange he travelled to Havana, Cuba, and rehearsed and conducted the National Choir of Cuba.
Warren served on the planning committees for the 2011 ACDA National Conference in Chicago and the 2004 ACDA Southern Division Conference in Nashville. He is the New York repertoire and standards chair for community choirs and was South Carolina repertoire and standards chair for women’s choirs. He has lectured, adjudicated, and conducted festival choirs throughout the Eastern United States, Cuba, and France and has published research in the Choral Journal and the International Choral Bulletin.