I conduct my choirs
like I conduct my life.
Renata Dworak is Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Princeton University. This appointment follows her completion of a Master of Music in Choral Conducting Degree at the Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Dr. William Weinert. Before attending Eastman, she formally trained as a pianist and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Choral Music Education from DePauw University. While studying in Rochester, New York, Renata conducted the Eastman Repertory Singers, Eastman Women’s Chorus, and Eastman Chamber Choir. She was active in the community, by managing the Eastman-Rochester Community Chorus, who went on tour to Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2014 . Renata also served as the Music Director at Lakeville United Church of Christ in Lakeville, New York.
Renata’s formal training for choral conducting began when she founded DePauw’s only student-run chamber choir, Les Chanteurs. She set a goal to establish Les Chanteurs as an ensemble with a high-performance standard in which students could develop their conducting skills. Renata’s efforts yielded a highly-respected choir that has transcended her time at DePauw.
These experiences along with other accomplishments, such as winning the DePauw Student Conducting Competition in 2011, led Renata to receive awards such as the Van Denman Thompson Award. This award was for the outstanding senior who has achieved excellence in scholarship, musicianship, and activities. Her studies in piano, piano pedagogy, and private teaching qualified her for the Mabel Lucille Sherman Music Award, presented to the outstanding pianist in the graduating class at DePauw. In her graduate studies, she received both the Simon Rose Scholarship and the Herman Genhart Choral Conducting Award at Eastman.
Renata has studied privately with Dr. William Weinert of Eastman School of Music, Dr. Gregory Ristow of DePauw University, and Dr. Jan Harrington, former choral department chair of Indiana University. Through internships and independent studies, Renata has worked with Noel Edison of the Elora Festival Singers and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Marguerite L. Brooks of Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, Simon Carrington of Yale University and Norfolk Chamber Festival, Dr. Paul S. Jones of Temple University (interim), Dr. James Jordan of Westminster Choir College, and Henry Leck of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Butler University.
Additionally, Renata continues to study the range of keyboard instruments, including organ and harpsichord. She consistently maintains a small studio of private voice and piano students within the community.