Meet the Artists

Jeremiah Cawley, D.M.A.

Jeremiah Cawley has led instrumental and vocal ensembles across the US and UK. He sings with the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord and founded the new music ensemble The Box Is Empty. His recorded work includes projects with The Riot Ensemble (London, UK), Solaris Vocal Ensemble (Seattle, WA), and Chamber Cartel (Atlanta, GA). Jeremiah’s work as tenor soloist is equally varied. He has recently been featured in the Des Moines Choral Festival’s performance of Bach’s Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme; at the Omaha Under the Radar new music festival singing Desert Time for tenor and electronics by composer Nat Evans; and in the Madison Early Music Festival’s 400th anniversary performance of Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata virgine. Jeremiah’s credits as operatic music director include Puccini’s Suor angelica, Poulenc’s La voix humaine, and Britten’s Rape of Lucretia.  

Jeremiah’s recent published scholarship includes “Understanding Editions: Using CPDL and IMSLP to Develop Early Music Intuition” in The Choral Conductor’s Companion. He serves on the organizing committee for the Oxford Conducting Institute, where he presented his most recent research, “Neurotic, Weak, and Ultramodern: Coded Language in Gestural Criticism,” exploring veiled discrimination in critical judgements of conductors Gustav Mahler and Antonia Brico. Jeremiah’s previous presentations include the paper “Unconducting Andriessen,” which examines the ways that the Dutch avantgarde altered the role of the conductor in music written after 1970. His dissertation, The Economic, Aesthetic, and Nonprofit Organization of Professional Vocal Ensembles, was nominated by the University of Washington for ACDA’s prestigious Herford Prize.  

Jeremiah is a sought-after choral clinician, adjudicator, and conducting teacher. He received his M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Washington, where he was a student of Geoffrey Boers. Jeremiah is currently Director of Choral Activities at Carroll University, having previously held posts at Loras College, Valparaiso, Western Kentucky, and Georgia State Universities. He lives in Dubuque, IA with his wife Crystal.