1. Faculty

Ragnar Bohlin

Director, Chorus

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Conservatory Chorus
  • Chamber Choir

EDUCATION

  • BM, Stockholm Conservatory, Sweden

ENSEMBLES

  • San Francisco Symphony, 2007–Present
  • Cappella SF
  • Chanticleer, 2014–2015

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Grammy Award, Best Choral Performance, 2010
  • Chorus Director, San Francisco Symphony
  • Guest Director, Chanticleer

What is your hometown?

Stockholm, Sweden

What is your favorite recording?

Figure Humaine with Tenebrae.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Aikido.

Who were your major teachers?

Eric Ericson (conducting), Nicolai Gedda (voice), and Peter Feuchtwanger (piano).

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“There are several ways to the same goal, but there are also different goals.”

What was a turning point in your career?

When I decided that conducting was my main passion, after completing the church musician course with lots of piano, organ, and singing.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

I would like to have been an astronomer.

What is your daily practice routine?

Bach, Brahms, and Arvo Pärt.

What recordings can we hear you on?

Light of Gold, Delos
Mysterium, dB-productions
Facing West, Delos