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Robert Ludwig’s career has been focused on the training and performance of choral ensembles and has always included work with children and young people as a critical part of that work. He is currently Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor, in addition to being Artistic Director of BACC and running a private piano and voice studio in Bangor. He and his wife, Nancy (also a professional musician), have been visiting the Rangeley area of Maine for many years, and in June 2013 were able to make the move to the Bangor area – much closer to their place in Rangeley than was the case from Long Island.
Mr. Ludwig’s previous positions include Director of Choral Music and Music Theory at Garden City High School (a multiple-year Grammy Signature School semi-finalist and one of the 100 best communities in the U.S. for music education), Choirmaster at Long Island’s Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, Professor of Church Music at the Mercer School of Theology, Minister of Music at Garden City Community Church and Choirmaster at Christ Church (Cathedral) Lexington, KY. His choirs have performed from Canada to Florida, and have also sung in such notable venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and Wells and Coventry Cathedrals. He has conducted a wide variety of choirs (from four-year olds to adult professional), but has always maintained a primary focus on choirs of young people singing the finest of musical repertoire.
Mr. Ludwig holds degrees in music from Davidson College (NC) and Yale University with additional study in Vienna and The Netherlands. He has been an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, serving for a number of years on the NY State board of that organization. Together with Nancy Ludwig he presented a concert series featuring the complete organ music of J.S. Bach. He has conducted numerous major choral works, often with orchestral accompaniment and featuring historically informed presentations with period instruments. His programs have often included world premieres of commissioned pieces, multi-cultural offerings in foreign languages, and an unusually wide variety of musical styles from Gregorian chant to vocal jazz to Mongolian throat singing.