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Josh Bauder

Josh Bauder is a Minneapolis-based composer, arranger, typesetter, and professor. His choral music has been performed by church, university, and community choirs across the United States and abroad. He has written for professional and semi-professional ensembles, including Indånde (a flute, oboe, and piano ensemble) and Deo Cantamus of Minnesota (a faith-based chorale who premiered his 2014 oratorio Abraham and his 2017 oratorio Tyndale). Josh was awarded the 2010 Jerome Grant for New Music from the American Composers Forum, and his carol "Sleep Softly, Lullaby" won the 2015 VocalEssence Carol Contest. In 2017 Josh completed two years as composer-in-residence at Grace University Lutheran Church, and he has recently fulfilled commissions from Fuller Seminary, the Twin Cities Master Chorale, the University of Minnesota Foundation, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, and the University of St. Thomas.

Josh holds a B.A. in music and philosophy from the University of St. Thomas, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Minnesota. He has studied piano under Katherine Faricy; conducting under Angela Broeker, Matthew Mehaffey, and Kathy Romey; theory under David Damschroder; and composition under James Callahan and Alex Lubet. He currently teaches theory and composition at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Northwestern - St. Paul.

Several of Josh's sacred choral octavos are published by the Fred Bock Company, and he self-publishes choral/ orchestral and instrumental works. He has engraved scores for the Oratorio Society of Minnesota (Randall Thompson's Requiem), the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (Haydn's "Insanae et vanae curae") and Religious Affections Ministries (Hymns to the Living God).


In his free time Josh pursues interests in theology, history, aesthetics, residential architecture, and fiction. He also serves as worship director at his church, Grace Bible Church of Monticello, Minnesota.

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