An accomplished singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein (b. Dec. 30, 1984) composes both vocal and instrumental music. He has won awards for his music in the following competitions: The American Prize, the American Choral Directors Association’s Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest, BMI’s 60th Annual Student Composer Awards, the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition, the Boston Metro Opera’s International Composers’ Competition, the Cantate Chamber Singers’ Ninth Young Composers’ Contest, the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble’s Emerging Composers Competition, Chorus Austin’s Inaugural Young Composers Competition, The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS Competition, the Guild of Temple Musicians’ Young Composer’s Award, the Hollywood Master Chorale’s “Voices of LA” Project, the National Lutheran Choir’s 25th Anniversary Choral Composition Competition, and WomenSing’s Youth Inspiring Youth Competition. Fishbein has placed as a finalist in several other competitions, such as the EAMA Prize, the NACUSA Young Composers’ Competition, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers’ Choral Composition Competition, and the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Competition for Young Composers. Additionally, his Hebrew vocal music has been recognized with its inclusion in Shalshelet’s International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, the Max Helfman Institute for New Jewish Music, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project.
An experienced choral conductor, ensemble leader, and singer, Fishbein served as Managing Director of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble, Assistant Conductor to David Conte of the San Francisco Conservatory Chorus, and Interim Music Director of the Schola Adventus of San Francisco. Currently, he directs Kol Rinah, a Jewish a cappella choir based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has sung baritone professionally with notable chamber choirs, such as Volti, the Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, and the choirs of Washington National Cathedral, among many other Jewish and Christian liturgical ensembles.
Currently, Fishbein is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicianship Studies (sabbatical replacement) at The College of New Jersey. Prior to that, he taught music theory at Johns Hopkins University as an adjunct faculty member of the Peabody Institute, and composition and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as a full-time Visiting Lecturer. Fishbein also served as a Teaching Fellow at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music, where he taught Musicianship, Music Theory, Music History, and Early Music for the departments of Music, Ethnomusicology, and Musicology. He taught Musicianship and Theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a Graduate Assistant. Also, Fishbein has instructed ear-training and music theory at the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco and the University Maryland School of Music, where he won a Distinguished Teaching Award.
Fishbein earned a Ph.D. in Music from UCLA (2010 – 2014). He completed his Master’s degree in Music Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2007 – 2009), with additional graduate studies at the University of Maryland (2006 – 2007). While completing his Master of Music, Fishbein won first prize in the San Francisco Conservatory Artsong Competition. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (Composition) from Carnegie Mellon University (2002 – 2006), where he won the Harry G. Archer Prize in orchestral composition. Fishbein has participated in summer programs offered by the Lehigh University/ACDA Choral Composers Forum (2010) and the European American Musical Alliance (2008). A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Fishbein studied piano performance and music theory at The Peabody Preparatory (1998 – 2002), where he won three awards of achievement in theory.
Fishbein’s composition teachers include Roger Bourland, Paul Chihara, David Conte, Richard Danielpour, Nancy Galbraith, Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, and Lawrence Moss. He has studied in masterclasses, workshops, summer programs, and privately with John Adams, Robert Beaser, Libby Larsen, Philip Lasser, Stephen Paulus, Steven Sametz, Conrad Susa, and Chen Yi. Fishbein has choral compositions published by E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Transcontinental Music Publications, and Yelton Rhodes Music. Other, unpublished scores are available directly from the composer.