Author Archives: Doreen Rao

Celebrated internationally for her moving concerts and inspirational teaching, Doreen Rao’s pioneering career changed the landscape of choral music in America. Linking the goals of music performance and teaching with the values of diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility, Rao's seminal work teaching children to sing inspired a generation of conductors and teachers to lead young choirs in schools and communities around the world. In a national tribute presented by the American Choral Director’s Association, the eminent conductor Robert Shaw wrote: "The world of choral music owes her special thanks. She is preparing our future."