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Nina Gilbert’s choral background ranges from Kenya, East Africa, where she translated Schubert’s Mass in G into Swahili while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer (1978-80); to New York, where she served as associate conductor of the New York Choral Society, working in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (1995-96).
Gilbert holds degrees from Stanford, Indiana, and Princeton Universities. She has taught at Lafayette, Hamilton, Ferrum, and Wabash colleges and the University of California-Irvine, plus summer courses at the Hartt School (University of Hartford, Connecticut) and Westminster Choir College (Rider University, New Jersey).
A conductor, accompanist/coach, writer, and speaker, Gilbert served as Associate Editor of the Choral Journal from 1996 to 2006. She has lectured in Australia, England and Hungary, and conducted in Portugal, Spain, Finland, and Estonia, as well as New York, California, Pennsylvania, Colorado (All-State Men’s Honor Choir, 1998), and Minnesota, where she was keynote speaker and honor choir conductor for the ACDA state convention in 1999.
She has about twenty-five choral arrangements and editions in print, is Associate Editor for Treble Clef Music Press and Official Music Historian for Answer Guy at ESPN Magazine, and has offered commentaries on National Public Radio. In July 2006, she appeared on both liberal and conservative talk radio as an expert on The Star-Spangled Banner.