A singer and pianist, Dr. Joshua Fishbein (b. 1984) composes and arranges vocal and instrumental music. His music has won awards sponsored by The American Prize, the American Choral Directors Association, BMI, the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, the Boston Metro Opera, the Cantate Chamber Singers, the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, Chorus Austin, the Delaware Valley Chorale, The Esoterics, the Guild of Temple Musicians, Morningside College, the National Lutheran Choir, WomenSing, and others. His arrangements have been recorded by Cantor Emanuel Perlman, the English Chamber Orchestra, Voce Chamber Choir, and the New London Children’s Choir, for the Cala Records label. E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Transcontinental Music Publications, and Yelton Rhodes Music publish his original choral compositions.
Dr. Fishbein teaches on the music theory faculties of The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Towson University. Previously, he taught at The College of New Jersey and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Fishbein earned his Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he directed the UCLA Early Music Ensemble. He completed his Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) with additional graduate studies at the University of Maryland (UMD), earning UMD’s Distinguished Teaching Award. At SFCM, Fishbein served as assistant conductor to David Conte of the Conservatory Chorus and won first prize in the Art Song Composition Competition. He earned undergraduate degrees in Music and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, where he won the Harry G. Archer Prize in Orchestral Composition. A native of Baltimore, Fishbein studied Piano Performance and Music Theory at The Peabody Preparatory with Carol Prochazka and Stephen Coxe, respectively. His composition teachers include Roger Bourland, Paul Chihara, David Conte, Richard Danielpour, Nancy Galbraith, Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, and Lawrence Moss.