Don Krudop is Director of Choral Activities and Program Coordinator for the new music program at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He conducts Chamber Choir and University Choir, teaches Music History, Music Theory, Sight-Singing, and oversees the university’s Vocal Practicum studios. He also serves as Faculty sponsor for the Regent chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity.
In addition to his work at Regent, he is Artistic Director of the Virginia Beach Chorale (an 80-voice community choir based in the resort city), and Director of Music at Heritage United Methodist Church, also in Virginia Beach. He is a VMEA-certified choral adjudicator and serves on adjudication panels for Festivals of Music, Fiesta-val, Music in the Parks, and Musicale choral festivals.
Prior to his arrival at Regent, he served as Chair of the Vocal Music Strand at the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School in Virginia Beach (2004-2019) and as Director of Choral Music Education at Salem High School (1989-2007).
Don holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Master of Music in Conducting, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, and the Master of Education in Administration degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach. While at Shenandoah, he studied conducting with Grammy award winner and Artistic Director of The City Choir of Washington, Robert Shafer, and Past President of the American Choral Directors Association, Dr. David Stutzenberger. He also completed post-graduate study at Westminster Choir College, George Washington University, Old Dominion University, and was a participant in Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 6 , the Barbershop Harmony Society's Harmony University, and the late Robert Shaw's Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop.
Don has been honored as the Virginia “Music Educator of the Year,” Salem High School’s “Teacher of the Year,” was named a Salem High School "Distinguished Educator," was a recipient of the Shenandoah University “Distinguished Alumni Award” for outstanding career achievement, and was a national quarter-finalist for the Grammy Foundation “Music Educator” award. Coastal Virginia magazine featured him in their special edition on "Ten Top Teachers in Hampton Roads" and Choral Director magazine awarded him their "Director of Note" award for the state of Virginia.
He is a Past President of the Virginia Choral Directors Association (VCDA), has served as a member of the Shenandoah University Alumni Board of Directors, was a Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Virginia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Music Educators Journal, was a national chorus mentor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), is well known as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and has presented sessions on choral literature, conducting, and copyright law at state, division, and national music education conferences.
Choirs under his direction have performed in the White House, National Cathedral, and National Presbyterian Church (Washington, DC), Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York, NY), the Bath Abbey (Bath, England), Yorkminster (York, England) Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral (London, England), Walt Disney World & Universal Studios (Orlando, FL), on "The 700 Club" (flagship broadcast of the Christian Broadcasting Network), and have performed as the MainStage chorus for the Virginia Arts Festival's acclaimed "International Tattoo."
His Visual & Performing Arts Academy elite choir, Vox Harmonia, performed with renowned R&B producer, Timbaland, at GQ magazine’s annual “Gentlemen’s Ball” in New York, sang with Brooke Shields during the Virginia Symphony's "Bernstein 100th" concert, and sang the national anthem for President Barack Obama during his visit to Virginia Beach. Don's choirs have performed numerous times at the Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky Music Educators Association annual conferences and Southern Division conferences of the National Association for Music Education. His Virginia Beach Chorale has been featured in concert with the late Kenny Rogers, vocal trio "The Tenors," and has performed with the Tidewater Winds, Virginia Wind Symphony, and Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach).
Don has been honored to be the Guest Conductor for:
All-District Choruses in Virginia's Districts I, II, VI, VII, XIII, XIV, and XV
All-City & All-County Choruses throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and New Jersey
In addition, he was Guest Conductor for the Norfolk, VA Choristers Guild, and has served as Guest Chorusmaster for Symphonicity (the symphony orchestra of Virginia Beach).
He is a VMEA-certified adjudicator and serves as a festival clinician for Music in the Parks, Festivals of Music, Fiesta-val, and Musicale; He has been a panel adjudicator for District Choral Assessments in Virginia Districts VIII, XV, & XVI, and has judged All-Virginia/All-District Chorus auditions in Districts II & IV.
2017-Present: Regent University - Director of Choral Activities
2009-Present: Virginia Beach Chorale - Artistic Director
2000-Present: Heritage United Methodist Church - Director of Music
2004-2019: Visual & Performing Arts Academy @ Salem High School - Vocal Strand Chair
1989-2007: Salem High School - Director of Choral Music Education
1987-1993: Courthouse Community United Methodist Church - Choir Director
1986-1989: Princess Anne Junior High School - Choral Director
1982-1985: Greater Tidewater Chapter of Sweet Adelines International - Director
1981-1986: Commodore Chorus, SPEBSQSA (BHS) - Director
1975-1986: Holland Elementary School - Music Specialist