John F. Warren

Setnor School of Music

Professor (Conducting) and Chair, Applied Music and Performance
Director, Choral Activities
Program Coordinator

John Warren portrait.

302 Crouse College
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010

John F. Warren is professor of music and director of choral activities at Syracuse University, where he conducts choirs and teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and rehearsal techniques.

During his 13-year tenure, Syracuse choirs have been invited to perform at two state and two Eastern Region American Choral Director Association Conferences (Boston 2014, Philadelphia 2010) and toured throughout the Northeast United States and Canada as well as Europe and South America. In 2017, the Syracuse University Singers performed for the National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2015, Singers won the Grand Prix at the Florilegé Vocal de Tours in France, which entitled them to compete in Varna, Bulgaria, in May 2016 as a finalist in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. Warren traveled back to Varna to judge the 2017 International Choir Competition. The choir’s first CD, Mysteries and Wonders, is available on ITunes and

Warren is a regular guest conductor with Symphoria, the professional orchestra of Syracuse, New York, having most recently conducted a program of music by J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, and Mahler. He was the NYACDA Choral Director of the Year in 2016 and is a 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Prior to coming to Syracuse, Warren was the director of choral activities at Erskine College in South Carolina, where he was awarded the Younts Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005.

Warren serves ACDA on the Standing Committee on International Activities and is NYACDA president-elect. Warren has lectured, adjudicated, and conducted festival choirs throughout the Eastern United States, Bulgaria, Cuba, and France and has published research in the Choral Journal and the International Choral Bulletin.


  • D.M.A., University of Miami
  • M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., Furman University


Choral conducting and choral music