Z. Randall Stroope is an OSU Regents Professor, Director of Choral and Vocal Studies, and the Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair in Choral Music. He also received the Regents Distinguished Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Mentor Award, and was voted Outstanding Faculty Member of the College by the Greek Councils at OSU in the last five years. Dr. Stroope directs the OSU Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir, Cantamus Women's Chorus, and undergraduate/graduate choral conducting. He received a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a Doctor of Music Arts in Choral Conducting from Arizona State University. He did post-graduate work with Margaret Hillis (Chicago Symphony Chorus Conductor), and Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger (American composers).
Dr. Stroope is currently the Artistic Director of two international summer music festivals, has conducted concerts in 25 countries, music for mass at the Vatican 11 times, and conducted 35 different concerts at Carnegie Hall and 16 at Chicago Orchestra Hall. In addition, he has directed 46 all-state choirs, performed with the OSU Concert Chorale on the 2017 National ACDA convention in Minneapolis, and lead three international tours with Chorale - the latest one to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in 2019. He is the composer of 180 published musical works with Oxford, Carl Fischer, Alliance and other publishers.