Faculty & Staff

Dr. Stanley Engebretson

Director of Choral Studies

Professor of Music
  • Conducting I (Basic) and II (Choral)
  • Pedagogy in Conducting
  • Doctoral Level Graduate Private Music Instruction in Conducting
  • University Singers
  • Vocal Pops and A Cappella Ensembles (SoundCheque, Timesquare, Men’s A Cappella)
  • B.M. and M.M. Vocal and Piano Performance, University of North Dakota
  • D.M.A. in Conducting and Performance Practice, Stanford University

Dr. Stanley Engebretson came to George Mason University in 1990 as the Director of Choral Studies, teaching conducting and directing the University Symphonic Chorus, University Singers, and three Vocal Jazz Ensembles.  Prior to coming East, Engebretson taught at the University of Minnesota and served as the Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Chorale from 1985-90.   From 1979-1985, he was at the University of Texas Permian Basin and conducted the Midland-Odessa Symphony Chorale. Engebretson holds performance degrees in Voice and Piano from the University of North Dakota, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Stanford University.  In addition, he has received several research awards and grants for advanced study in Aspen, San Francisco, New York, and Europe with internationally acclaimed conductors including Gregg Smith, Margaret Hillis, Roger Wagner, Eric Ericson, and Robert Shaw.

In Washington, DC, he has been the Director of Music at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church since 1991, and in 1993 he became the Artistic Director of the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra which is now the National Philharmonic appearing at the Music Center at Strathmore.  For nine years he appeared as lecturer and professional singer at California’s Carmel Bach Festival, and he continues to lecture for the Smithsonian Institution and the Fulbright Foundation as a Senior Specialist.  Engebretson’s wide appearances as a conductor and clinician include workshops and concerts throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Cuba, Russia, Lithuania, Iceland, Australia and South Korea.

Contact Dr. Engebretson: sengebre@gmu.edu