Visiting Associate Professor of Music
Center for the Arts, 225
M.M., Boston Conservatory
B.A., Macalester College
John Verkuilen is a Visiting Associate Professor of Music and the conductor of the Muhlenberg Chamber Choir and College Choir. He is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Kent Tritle and Ronnie Oliver. He most recently served as the Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York and is on the faculty of MSM Summer. Before beginning his studies at MSM, John served for two years as Artistic Director of Sine Nomine (Fall River, MA), was guest conductor of the Falmouth Chorale and Chamber Choir (Falmouth, MA) for two concert cycles; and spent a year as Interim Artistic Director of Calliope, a collaborative chorus and orchestra in Boston. John earned a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Boston Conservatory and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies, economics, and music from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where his interdisciplinary focus was world music.
Before his time in Boston, John Verkuilen was appointed Macalester's Assistant Choral Conductor, completed a yearlong music liturgy internship at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis, and performed two seasons as a member of the Minnesota Opera. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Newburyport Choral Society, Conducting Apprentice at Berkshire Choral International, and has been on the Boston Conservatory Vocal/Choral Intensive faculty. In addition to conducting, John frequently performs professionally with choirs in New England and the Midwest. His recent engagements have included singing the bass solos in the Mozart and the Fauré Requiems in Boston and the roles of Jesus, Peter, and bass arias in perfomances of the St. John Passion by Bach in New York.