Jameson Marvin


conductor & teacher

On July 1, 2010, I retired after 32 years as Director of Choral Activities, Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University. I am delighted with my “new life” (not unlike my “old life”): conducting, teaching, composing, editing, arranging choral music – with some free time!

Over the past 32 years I have been inspired and enriched by my Harvard students through conducting and teaching the Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. These ensembles have been immensely rewarding.  My full repertoire for men's, women's, mixed, and choral-orchestral music is available on this site. Some 50 of my Harvard singers went on to earn advanced degrees in Choral Music & Conducting, and now direct collegiate choral programs throughout the United States.

I am energized by the opportunity to conduct, and to teach future choral conductors: graduates and undergraduates at major universities who plan to enter the choral field. Under the Teaching and Conducting sections I list varied topics that I would offer to choral programs, to choral students, and to choirs in colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

I am equally interested in guest conducting Choral-Orchestral masterworks (some 80 are listed on my CV), and chamber choirs performing Renaissance and Baroque Music. The A Cappella gems from the 15th through the 21st centuries dot the landscape of my repertoires for men’s, women’s, and mixed choirs, and I offer my experience with these ensembles as a Guest Conductor of Choral Festivals and Honors Choirs.

I look forward to guest teaching and/or conducting through Residencies offering Seminars, Symposia, Workshops, Lecture-Demonstrations, Sabbatical Leave or Interim Replacements. The nature of the appointment might range from a few days to a few weeks, a month, or a semester.

“Marvin is a choral director of consummate mastery, one who can achieve performances of the highest precision.”

–The Boston Globe


“Through his musical precision, captivating conducting, and galvanizing leadership, Jameson Marvin taught us more about music – and life – than almost anyone else at Harvard.”

–Glee Club ’08 Alum

Messe für zwei vierstimmige Chöre
I. Kyrie

by Frank Martin

w/ Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum

Missa Gaudeamus

Sanctus, Pleni sunt caeli, Osanna

by Josquin des Prez

w/ Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum