Joseph Baldwin | Music Director
A person of diverse artistic interests, Joseph Baldwin is a conductor whose primary work explores the integration of choral music, dynamic programming and presentation, the conductor as servant leader, and the transformative power of community engagement.
In 2017, Joseph was appointed as Music Director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana (BACH), succeeding Chester L. Alwes. From 2012-2015, Joseph served on the faculty at Smith College (MA), where he was the Iva Dee Hiatt Distinguished Assistant Director of Choral Activities and taught full-time in the Department of Music. He has held key appointments with the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a Visiting Professor of Music, Berkshire Choral International as a Staff Conductor, the Grammy® Award-winning choral ensembles at the University of Michigan, and the choirs of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An active guest conductor and collaborator, he has enjoyed conducting engagements with SongFest at The Colburn School and the Five College New Music Festival (MA) as well as conducting fellowships with the Oregon Bach Festival (as a member of the renowned Master Class in Conducting) and the Yale School of Music -- Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Joseph is passionate about contemporary music and regularly partners with thriving composers, including Dominick DiOrio and Anne LeBaron. He has assisted in the preparation of choruses for performances with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Kent Tritle, and Nicholas Cleobury. A strong advocate for the choral arts at all levels, Joseph is an active guest clinician and adjudicator with ensembles in the professional/young artist, collegiate, secondary, and spiritual settings. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Founding Artistic Director of the Community Chorus of Detroit, now a cultural force in the Detroit-area arts scene. A baritone, Joseph has sung as a professional member of some of the nation’s leading ensembles, including the Yale Choral Artists, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Singers, and the University Musical Society Choral Union/Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He was a National Board Member (MA) for the National Collegiate Choral Organization from 2012-2015.
Joseph currently serves as the Assistant Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has completed all coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music, also at the University of Illinois. He received the Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Jerry Blackstone. At Northwestern University, Joseph graduated with the Bachelor of Music (cum laude), with additional studies toward a Bachelor of Arts in the five-year double-degree program. He is also a dedicated student of yoga, currently practicing at Lois Steinberg's B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of Champaign-Urbana.
Jonathan Young | Pianist
Jonathan Young is Director of Music at the Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Champaign, Illinois. Originally from Moses Lake, Washington, Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and completed doctoral coursework and recitals at the University of Illinois. Jonathan was the Alternate Winner of the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, held in conjunction with the fraternity’s triennial convention in Rochester, New York.
From 2014-2017, Jonathan was Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, and from 2011-2014 Director of Music at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mattoon, Illinois. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Illinois teaching Aural Skills courses in 2016-2017, and was a Senior Lecturer and Visiting University Organist at PLU for the 2009-2010 academic year. Jonathan has appeared on several recordings with the PLU Choir of the West and Choral Union as an accompanist and soloist, including the Choral Union’s 2011 American Prize-winning 25th Anniversary Album featuring Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven and movements from Kodaly’s Missa Brevis. He has served churches in many denominations as an organist and choir director, including military chapels (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Catholic congregations and parishes. Jonathan maintains an active interest in organ building and voicing, and has worked for Paul Fritts & Company, Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, and Richards, Fowkes & Company. An avid student of automotive aerodynamics and aerodynamic efficiency, Jonathan is currently pursuing an Associate of Engineering Science degree at Parkland College in Champaign and is a 2-time winner of the Mod4 Hybrid class at the annual Green Grand Prix fuel economy competition held ar Watkins Glen International Raceway, where he competes with his modified 2013 Toyota Prius.
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