Joshua Chai is the Director of Choral Activities, the director of the Director of Parish Music program, an Assistant Professor of Music, and the University Cantor at Concordia University Texas, where he conducts the University Choir and teaches courses in music theory, music technology, music history, conducting, and corporate worship. He has taught at CTX since 2009; previously, he was on faculty at Concordia University Irvine in southern California, directing three choirs and teaching courses in music technology and music appreciation.
Joshua attended the University of Kentucky for the D.M.A. degree in Choral Conducting under Dr. Jefferson Johnson, where he also served as Dr. Johnson's sabbatical replacement for the university Chorale, their top mixed choral ensemble. His time there included preparing choruses for the Verdi Requiem, Mahler's second symphony, Brahms' Schicksalslied, and other major choral works. He is currently ABD.
A native of southern CA, Joshua received his M.M. from California State University, Long Beach, received the departmental award for choral studies both years he attended, and studied under Dr. Jonathan Talberg. His undergraduate degree was from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he double-majored in music and mathematics and participated in a range of musical ensembles, including jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and the St. Olaf Choir.
Under his direction, the choirs at Concordia University have performed internationally and around the United States, with recent concert opportunities in Florida, California, Germany, and central Texas. The choirs present concerts each year ranging from small, intimate informal gatherings combining choral, solo, and a wide range of musical styles to major masterwork concerts with choir and orchestra. Recent masterwork projects have included Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah (2016), J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (2015), and the Brahms Requiem (2015).
Joshua is the University Cantor, and provides support to all campus worship events, mentoring musicians and worship leaders, and nurturing the worship life of the campus community. The campus worship program includes the whole community and a rich diversity of musical and liturgical resources, anchored in the traditions and theology of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
A freelance tenor, organist, and collaborative pianist, Joshua is also an avid composer. His composition "since feeling is first" on an ee cummings text was featured at a recent Western division ACDA conference. His compositions are generally self-published for ensembles of many types, and has been commissioned by churches, universities, and schools.