The American choral conductor, Dirk Garner holds the Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa.
Dirk Garner served as Director of Choral Studies at Oklahoma State University where he conducted the Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, and led the graduate program in Choral Conducting. He also served as the Director of Choral Activities at Southeastern Louisiana University, and on the faculties of High Point University and Albertson College of Idaho. Since 2010, he holds the Gigax Chair for Choral Studies at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.
Dirk Garner is a noted Bach scholar whose continuing research concerns the Golden Mean in Bach’s Sacred Cantatas, a topic he discussed during a two-hour interview on National Public Radio’s “Bach Sunday.” He also has presented on the subject on the campuses of Western Michigan University, The University of Eastern Connecticut, and Wake Forest University. In addition, he regularly lectures on topics relating to J.S. Bach’s music and Baroque performance practice.
Popular as a clinician and adjudicator, Dirk Garner has conducted festivals in twenty-one states and his choirs have been heard across the country and in regional and state conventions of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (MENC). In January 2008 he conducted Mozart’s Requiem in Carnegie Hall for Mid-America productions. During the summers he serves as Associate Conductor for the Westminster Choir College summer workshop in Florence, Italy. He has judged competitions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and ACDA, and has served as State Chair of Repertoire and Standards for Colleges and Universities in Louisiana.