SENIOR CLINICIAN IN CHORAL MUSIC
Carson Zajdel is a secondary choral music specialist currently teaching middle school in the suburban Baltimore/Washington area. He has previously held diverse public and private school positions in Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Thailand. Zajdel holds a bachelor's degree in music education from The University of Utah and masters degrees in choral conducting and music education from Temple University in Philadelphia. While at Temple, he taught undergraduate conducting and choral methods courses, supervised and mentored pre-service teachers in fieldwork placements, and prepared all faculty-led ensembles for concerts, tours, and major works.
While in Thailand, Zajdel founded The International Vocal Artists of Bangkok, an ensemble with members from 6 continents and over 25 countries, performing a variety of western and world musics. An experienced professional choral singer, Zajdel has performed frequently with the major orchestras of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Washington, early music ensembles, and the summer pro chamber choir at Westminster Choir College. Some of his areas of lecture specialization include:
Facilitating Inclusive Secondary Choral Music Experiences (Includes ELL, Urban Ed, LGBTQ+ issues).
Finding, Evaluating, and Programming Diverse Choral Literature for Secondary Choral Ensembles.
Anticipating Musical Rehearsal Problems through Six Phases of Choral Score Analysis.
His primary teachers include choral conducting with Alan Harler, Paul Rardin, and Brady Allred; choral literature with Paul Jones and Jeffrey Cornelius, and music education with Rollo Dilworth, Jessica Napoles, Elizabeth Cassidy Parker, and Deborah Sheldon-Confredo.