Donald T. Oglesby

Title/Position: Professor, Choral Studies

Profile:

 
What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

  1. Singing the Brahms Requiem with Robert Shaw

  2. Being asked by Helmuth Rilling at a workshop to conduct a movement of a Bach motet with the Oregon Bach Festival chorus and chamber orchestra

  3. Having my son sing with my choir

  4. Hearing Yo-Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto

  5. Conducting the Bach B Minor Mass with the Miami Bach Society

Describe the perfect performance, either as a listener or as a participant.

Perfection is often a goal of people in the arts, but concepts of the “perfect performance” change as we gain life experience. Playing or singing the right notes at the right time at the right dynamic with the right tone is something that can be pretty boring—a computer can do that. Technical proficiency comes from skill and practice; musicality comes from discovering how notes relate to each other, how phrases relate to create an artistic concept, how the musician communicates the character and drama of a work.  A great musician—professional or amateur—brings his/her own ideas, emotions, and expressivity to a performance and communicates that to colleagues on stage and to an audience. A great performance—the “perfect performance”—is charged with life and all of these things.

What do you hope to pass on to your students?

Appreciation for others; an ability to create musical phrases that communicate the artistic and humanistic content of well-crafted music; a desire to share the best of personal and corporate musical expression with others; and a commitment to improve the quality of life of other people.

Career Highlights:

Donald Oglesby is well-known for his work on Baroque music, particularly that of J.S. Bach. Artistic Director and Conductor of the Miami Bach Society, Dr. O (as he is known) has performed all of the major choral and orchestral works of Bach and numerous Baroque cantatas, oratorios, concerti, and symphonies.

On Christmas Day 1989, his performance of Handel’s Messiah was broadcast nationally by NBC. Choirs under Dr. Oglesby’s direction have toured the eastern United States as well as Great Britain and Europe.

In 2006 Dr. O also translated editorial notes for a new edition of Grande motets by Jean-Philippe Rameau, published by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and is currently working on an anthology of Martin Luther’s music.

Dr. Oglesby has worked at the Center for Baroque Music in Versailles.

He has authored

  * Bach Cantata Data Base

  * Score Preparation: A Study Guide for Conducting Students

  * A Guide to the Bach Cantatas

and has numerous articles appear in Choral Journal.

Prof. Oglesby has been president of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the Miami chapters of Pi Kappa Lambda and Pi Kappa Phi honor societies.

Currently, he serves on the Editorial Board of the Choral Journal and is Chair of the Research and Publications Committee of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

Short Biography:

Donald Oglesby is professor of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Oglesby is well-known for his work on Baroque music, particularly that of J.S. Bach. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Miami Bach Society. Dr. O (as he is known) has performed all of the major choral and orchestral works of Bach and numerous Baroque cantatas, oratorios, concerti, and symphonies. On Christmas Day 1989, his performance of Handel’s Messiah was broadcast nationally by NBC. Choirs under Dr. Oglesby’s direction have toured the eastern United States as well as Great Britain and Europe. Dr. Oglesby has worked at the Center for Baroque Music in Versailles; has been president of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, the Miami chapters of Pi Kappa Lambda and Pi Kappa Phi honor societies; currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Choral Journal; and is Chair of the Research and Publications Committee of the American Choral Directors’ Association.


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"I learned never to be satisfied just with notes, but to look for the musical, expressive, artistic, emotional meaning notes convey. Human beings create great music in spite of—and probably because—of our flaws." —Donald Oglesby


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