William Jon Gray is chair of the choral department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he conducts the Pro Arte Singers, the University’s internationally recognized early music chamber choir, and teaches graduate-level conducting, choral literature, and score reading. Music of the Baroque’s Chorus Director since 2010, he has also served as associate conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival and assistant conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society.
William Jon Gray has made guest conducting appearances with orchestras and at festivals around the United States, and has prepared choruses for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival, and the National Chamber Orchestra. He currently serves as faculty director of opera choruses for the Indiana University Opera Theatre.
William Jon Gray was artistic director of the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, D.C., from 1986 to 1993, and artistic director of the Bach Chorale Singers from 1994 to 2010. His recording “In Praise of the Organ: Latin Choral and Organ Music of Zoltán Kodály” with the Bach Chorale Singers received national critical acclaim.
William Jon Gray studied at Indiana University, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. He performed frequently with Robert Shaw as a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, both in recordings and in concerts in France and at Carnegie Hall.