Now in his second season as music director of Our Lady’s Consort of the University of Notre Dame and his fourth season as assistant conductor of Ensemble Concept/21, the professional new music ensemble in residence at Indiana University South Bend, Caleb Wenzel maintains an active artistic profile as a conductor, composer, and keyboard artist. Conducting movements from Beethoven’s fourth and ninth symphonies, Mr. Wenzel was recently named first-prize winner of the London Classical Soloists conducting competition and will appear with the Kammerphilharmonie Graz in the 2018/19 season as a result. He has presented performances for the American Bach Society, the Latino Music Festival of Chicago, and at the prestigious Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium at the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance where he serves as conducting area coordinator.
As a keyboard artist, Mr. Wenzel has performed with the Great Noise Ensemble in Washington, D.C., the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, and currently serves as a continuo artist for Ritornello Orchestra, the professional baroque ensemble in residence at University of Notre Dame. He has appeared twice as a guest recitalist for the Walton Chamber Music Society of Buena Vista, Colorado, where he will inaugurate a national tour performing the complete Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach in summer 2019. His compositions have been performed across the USA as well as in Poland and Japan. He has received commissions from the Minnesota Center Chorale, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra, and Sisters of the Holy Cross, among others. As the 2015/16 Texas Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year, Mr. Wenzel’s works were performed throughout the year in festivals across the state and featured in multiple performances at the annual state convention which draws in excess of 4,000 attendees.
Mr. Wenzel is a graduate of Saint John’s University (MN), where he was a Theodore Presser Scholar and organist for the Saint John’s Boys’ Choir. He earned his Master of Music in Sacred Music from The Catholic University of America, where he served as the university organist. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at University of Notre Dame through the Program in Sacred Music under the mentorship of acclaimed Venezuelan-American conductor, Carmen-Helena Téllez and renowned musicologist of the German Baroque, Mary E. Frandsen. He currently directs the musical theatre vocal lab in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre and serves as associate faculty at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. He has previously served on the faculties of Goshen College and Holy Cross College.