Director of Music

“Music, on one hand, draws us in, closer to our spirit-self, and on the other, guides us outwardly through the impediments of fulfilling our soul’s destiny, that is, being the best of what and whom we can be.  What our soul seeks is truth, and music changes us for the better.”  Maestro Leroy Kromm

 

Maestro Leroy Kromm has served as the Director of Music for the San Jose Symphonic Choir since 1985.  Throughout his celebrated career, he has achieved widespread recognition as a versatile conductor, soloist, pianist, and teacher. Under Maestro Kromm’s inspiring direction, SJSC has flourished, increasing in size and growing in artistry.  In addition to directing SJSC, he is a member of the collegiate voice faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Director of Music at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga.   Maestro Kromm received bachelor’s degrees in applied music and music education and a master’s degree in vocal performance from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

"Singing with Leroy Kromm, in rehearsals and in concerts, is life-affirming and gives me hope in troubled times.  Many are the days I drag myself to rehearsal at the end of a long day, only to leave three hours later, energized by Leroy's words...about the music, the text, the context of the piece we're learning, the vocal technique to sing it properly.  He is a master teacher and we've performed some of the most challenging choral masterpieces because of his inspiring leadership.
Janice Goertz
Soprano, member since 2002

Leroy Kromm has also achieved great acclaim as a vocalist, performing in opera, cantata, and musical theatre, and recording on various labels including Harmonia Mundi and Musical Heritage Society.  Kromm has long served as a clinician and consultant nationally in academia as well as in the Hollywood film industry. Some of Leroy’s most memorable collaborations include singing Don Giovanni with soprano Carol Vaness at the Carmel Bach Festival, conducting Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton with baritone soloist Nathan Gunn, performing War Scenes with its composer, Ned Rorem, and singing David Sheinfeld’s Dear Theo with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (one of his last compositions).