An accomplished singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) is a natural fit as a composer, choral conductor, and teacher of music. 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 Hebrew choral music was recognized with its inclusion in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Student Composer Project (2005) and Shalshelet’s Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music (2006). His orchestral arrangements of Hebrew choral music can be heard on Cantor Emanuel Perlman’s CD recording, Face to Face (2007). Recently, Fishbein was awarded the Guild of Temple Musicians’ Young Composer’s Award (2011 – 2012).
Completing undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Music Composition at Carnegie Mellon University (class of ’06), Fishbein won the Harry G. Archer Prize in orchestral composition for his senior project, Shoreside Melody (2006). Fishbein completed his Master’s degree in Music Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (class of ’09), where he won first prize in the San Francisco Conservatory Artsong Competition (2009). Fishbein has also won WomenSing’s Youth Inspiring Youth Competition (2009), The Esoterics’ POLYPHONOS Competition (2010 – 2011), the National Lutheran Choir’s 25th Anniversary Choral Composition Competition (2011), the American Choral Directors Association’s Raymond W. Brock Memorial Student Composition Contest (2011), BMI’s 60th Annual Student Composer Award (2012), 2nd place in the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition (2012), and the Hollywood Master Chorale’s “Voices of LA” Project (2011 – 2013).
As a singer, Fishbein has sung baritone with such professional choral ensembles as Volti (2007 – 2010), the Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (2008), and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (2008 – 2010).
Finally, as a teacher, Fishbein has instructed ear-training and music theory at the Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco (2009 – 2010) and the University Maryland School of Music in College Park (2006 – 2007), where he won a Distinguished Teaching Award (2007). He has also held Graduate Assistantships in Musicianship and Theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2007 – 2009) and at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music (2010 – ), where he is a PhD student in Music Composition.
Fishbein’s composition teachers include Roger Bourland, Paul Chihara, David Conte, Nancy Galbraith, Ian Krouse, and David Lefkowitz . He has also studied in masterclasses, workshops, summer programs, and privately with John Adams, Robert Beaser, Libby Larsen, Philip Lasser, Lawrence Moss, Stephen Paulus, Steven Sametz, Conrad Susa, and Chen Yi.