Conductor Joshua Boggs is the incoming Assistant Professor of Music at Grinnell College for the year, where he will conduct the Grinnell Singers and Oratorio Society. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Choral and Vocal Activities at Emory & Henry College where he directed the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Other positions include Instructor of Choral Music at Goshen College, leading the Men’s and Chamber Choirs, and as Interim Choir Director at Indiana University-South Bend. Josh has enjoyed a broad career of clinician work, choral festivals, and touring, and looks forward to the upcoming Grinnell Singers tour in Spring ‘23.
Josh holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Notre Dame where he studied with Carmen-Helena Téllez. While there, he conducted ensembles including Collegium Musicum, Notre Dame Vocale, and Concordia Choir and served as assistant conductor for Maestra Tellez’s professional ensembles and interdisciplinary projects. Josh was one of the first to organize and conduct an interdisciplinary performance of Craig Hella Johnson’s oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard in February of 2019 at Notre Dame.
Josh has been music director for opera and musical productions in community and university settings, and chorus master for the South Bend Lyric Opera. He is the Founding Artistic Director of AppOpera and frequently serves as Music Director. He guest conducted the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, under the dir. of Jean-Sébastien Valée, after being named an Emerging Conductor in 2022. Prior conducting fellowships include the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Princeton Festival and Big Sky Choral Initiative, studying with Simon Carrington, Jan Harrington, and Donald Nally.
A countertenor, Josh maintains an active profile as a soloist and chorister. He has performed as a soloist on tour in Mexico, Italy, Chile, and the US, singing with professional choirs. Solo performances include works by Bach, Britten, Buxtehude, Charpentier, Handel, Mozart, Pärt, Spears, Vivaldi and more. Past solo engagements include Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Central Ohio Symphony, alto solos in Mendelssohn's Elijah with baritone Nathan Gunn in the title role, and interdisciplinary performances of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Jessica Lang Dance Company. A lover of new music, he has sung premieres of song cycles, choral works, and roles in opera and oratorio. Works include the premiere of Latens Deitas by French-Armenian composer Michel Petrossian and the staged role of Saint Bernard in Robert Kyr's oratorio Paradiso, later released by Albany Records.