Artistic Director

James A. Carpenter joined the Monteverdi Chorale as Artistic Director in January 2002. Mr. Carpenter is a native of Burlington, Vermont and received his undergraduate education at Ithaca College in New York, majoring in choral music education and voice. He went on to study with the late Robert Fountain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received the Master of Music degree in choral conducting. Mr. Carpenter began his career as an educator in the public schools of Wisconsin and Florida, teaching choral and general music in grades K-12. In 1988 he joined the faculty of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he conducted choirs and taught classes in musicianship and conducting. Under his direction, Mount Holyoke choirs performed annually in New York City and toured throughout the eastern United States. Mr. Carpenter also conducted annual performances of major choral-orchestral works on the Mount Holyoke campus. Mr. Carpenter has extensive experience with church and community choirs, having served Methodist, Lutheran, and United Church of Christ congregations in Wisconsin, Florida, and Massachusetts, in addition to conducting the Catholic and Protestant chapel choirs at Mount Holyoke College. He was Assistant Conductor of the Winter Park Bach Festival Chorus in Winter Park, Florida, and Conductor of the Springfield Symphony Chorus in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Carpenter served as conductor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Concert Choir for the spring semester of 2007 and conducted the UWSP Women’s Choir for the 2008-09 season. He has taught courses in Choral Literature, Music Education Methods, and History of American Popular Music at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He currently holds an appointment as Associate Lecturer in the UWSP Department of Theatre and Dance, teaching in the Musical Theatre program. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the International Federation for Choral Music, and the College Music Society. Mr. Carpenter has served on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.