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POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Don & Susan have been married since 1986 and are the proud parents of James (b.1994) and Marc (b. 1997).

  • Don's "ancestry" path of conducting studies: Gabriel Fauré > Nadia Boulanger > Robert Shafer > Don Krudop.

  • Don was the founding choral director of the vocal music programs at Salem High School, The Visual & Performing Arts Academy, and Regent University.​

SOME MUSICAL HISTORY

  • Don sang in the "American Youth Performs" All-Nation Choir at Carnegie Hall in 1971 under the direction of Weston Noble and Aaron Copland.

  • Don played trombone in the West Morris Regional High School (Flanders, NJ) concert band. Sitting in that same section was good friend and outstanding composer, David Lantz.

  • Don was a member of the graduating class of 1975 at Shenandoah, the University's 100th year.

  • Don sang lead in "The Hoboken Zephyrs" barbershop quartet at the King's Dominion theme park in Ashland, Virginia, the first two summers the park was open.

  • Under Don's direction, the Norfolk, VA  "Commodore Chorus" was named  the 1986 SPEBSQSA Mid-Atlantic Intermediate Champions, 

  • Don sang tenor in the barbershop quartet, "Old Dominion Line," 1991 & 1994 SPEBSQSA Southern Division Champions, and 1992 & 1993 SPEBSQSA International Quarter-Finalists.

  • Don's choirs at Salem High School and the Visual & Performing Arts Academy were chosen to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) annual in-service conference in 1992, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2007, & 2014 in Richmond, Hot Springs, and Norfolk. They performed at the Southern Division conference of the National Association for Music Education in 1996 and 2001 in Nashville, TN, and Louisville, KY.

  • The Salem Madrigals, the premiere choir at Salem High School, presented the world premiere performance of "Treasure the Gifts" by renowned composer, Daniel Gawthrop in 1998. Mr. Gawthrop was in attendance at the premiere performance.

  • The Salem Madrigals represented the Commonwealth of Virginia on a concert tour of England and Wales in 1999. Concert venues included the Bath Abbey (Bath), Cathedral of St. Peter (York), Westminster Abbey (London), Westminster Cathedral (London), and Whitchurch United Methodist Church (Cardiff). Prior to their departure, the choir received a visit from country star and sausage magnate, Jimmy Dean, in response to their inclusion of Mr. Dean's song, "Virginia," in the tour repertoire.

  • The Salem Madrigals performed for President Clinton's staff Christmas party at The White House - Washington, DC, in 2000.

  • Choirs from Salem HS and the Visual & Performing Arts Academy were selected to sing numerous times at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The Salem Madrigals in 2005, VPA Academy choirs in 2014 and 2019.

  • Choirs from Salem High School and the Visual & Performing Arts Academy were selected to sing numerous times at the Walt Disney World and Universal Studios resorts in Orlando, FL. Performances included: Disney "Magic Music Days" (2004), The "Disney Honors" Festival (2006), Universal Studios "Star Singers" (2012), The "Disney Arts Performers" (2015), and "The Candlelight Processional" at Epcot (2017).

  • Vox Harmonia, the premiere choir of the Visual & Performing Arts Academy, performed with R&B star Timbaland at the GQ magazine's "Gentlemen's Banquet" in NYC in 2008. In the audience that night: Usher, Hillary Swank, Forrest Whittaker, Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns),  and James Cameron, among others.

  • Vox Harmonia was the featured guest ensemble on the City Choir of Washington's 2010 Christmas concert at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. The concert was reviewed by Joe Banno of the Washington Post newspaper. Of Vox Harmonia's portion of the performance, Mr. Banno said: "Best of all was the guest ensemble, Vox Harmonia, a student chamber choir from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School, Virginia Beach. Holding hands, leaning their bodies forward, and riveting wide-eyed attention on conductor Don Krudop, they sang with a rapt concentration and ravishing sound that took the breath away."

  • Vox Harmonia sang the national anthem for President Barack Obama in 2012.

  • Vox Harmonia performed in concert with Brooke Shields and the Virginia Symphony in 2016.

 

  • The Virginia Beach Chorale has performed in concert with the late, great country star Kenny Rogers and "The Tenors."

  • The Virginia Beach Chorale presented the world premiere performance of "Sing to Me" by esteemed composer, Joseph Martin. The song was commissioned to celebrate the Chorale's 60th anniversary and Don's 10th year as Artistic Director.

  • The Virginia Beach Chorale will present the world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work by Daniel Gawthrop at its Spring Concert in 2021. The new composition will be dedicated to the memory of those lost in the tragic incident at the Virginia Beach Municipal Complex on May 31, 2019.

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  • Regent's University Choir and Chamber Choir have both been featured in performance on the Christian Broadcasting Network's flagship show, "The 700 Club."