Bert and Laura Pinsonneault

Conductor Albert Pinsonneault is an Assistant Professor of Music at Edgewood College where he directs the Chamber Singers, Men's Choir, and Campus-Community Choir, and teaches conducting, music theory, sight singing and aural skills, and choral methods. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, he attended St. Olaf College (BM, Piano Performance) and the University of Minnesota (MM, Choral Conducting) before completing his doctoral study at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) of the University of Cincinnati (DMA, Choral Conducting, Minor in Music Theory).

Dr. Pinsonneault has studied conducting with Anton Armstrong, Dale Warland, Earl Rivers, Kathy Saltzman Romey, Richard Sparks, and Richard Westenburg. In February of 2008 he participated in the National Conductors' Symposium with Jon Washburn, acting as guest conductor for the professional Vancouver Chamber Choir in their concert Six Contenents. Additional masterclasses include the Chorus America A Cappella Conducting Masterclass (2007) with Philip Brunelle, Anton Armstrong, Sigrid Johnson, VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir, and in two masterclasses with Helmuth Rilling and the University of Minnesota Choruses and Orchestra (2004, 2005).

Dr. Pinsonneault is co-founder and conductor of the Madison Boychoir Festival, now in its third year. This annual day-festival brings 300 young male singers in grades 2 to 12 to Edgewood College for a day of singing, music education, and camaraderie. In 2008 he was the assistant producer of the Second National Convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an active clinician in and around Wisconsin, having worked most recently with Capitol Conference (WI) and Rock Valley Conference (WI) regional honor choirs, The Waldorf Choir (IA), and the "Singing in Wisconsin" Wausau Youth Choir, as well as numerous high schools throughout southern Wisconsin.