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Robert Shafer

Robert Shafer, recognized as one of America's major choral conductors, is celebrating his 35th anniversary season as music director of The Washington Chorus. In February of 2000, he was honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences with a GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance of the Year for the Chorus’ live-performance recording of Britten’s War Requiem. In addition to that award-winning recording, Maestro Shafer prepared The Washington Chorus for the GRAMMY® Award-nominated compact disc and film soundtrack recording of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with Mstislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Shafer conducts The Washington Chorus’ subscription series concerts and has prepared the Chorus for many of the world's leading conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Zdenek Macal, Christopher Warren-Green, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Leonard Slatkin. He has guest-conducted the National Symphony Orchestra on several occasions and has conducted choral performances for NBC national television.