Dr. Don Krudop was born and raised in Mendham, NJ. He left the Garden State to study Music Education at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, moved to Virginia Beach upon graduating, and has remained at the beach for his entire teaching career.
In addition to leading the music program at Regent, Krudop is the artistic director of the Virginia Beach Chorale, an 80-voice community choir based in the resort city. Founded in 1958, it’s southeastern Virginia’s longest-tenured performing arts ensemble.
Krudop holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Master of Music in Conducting and Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah University and a Master of Education in Administration from Regent. While at Shenandoah, he studied conducting with Grammy award-winner Robert Shafer. Krudop was also was honored to participate in Robert Shaw’s Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop.
Choirs under Krudop’s direction have performed in the White House, National Cathedral, and National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC; Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Riverside Church in New York; the Bath Abbey, Yorkminster, and Westminster Abbey in England, UK; and sang the national anthem for President Barack Obama when he visited Virginia Beach in 2012. His choirs have also served as the mainstage chorus for the Virginia Arts Fesitval’s International Tattoo and have performed numerous times at both the Virginia Music Educators Association annual conference and the Southern Division convention of the National Association for Music Education.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, Shenandoah University
Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award, National Quarter-Finalist
Virginia Music Educator of the Year
Teacher of the Year, Salem High School
Distinguished Educator Award, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Outstanding Alumni Award for Career Achievement, Shenandoah University
Ten Top Teachers in Hampton Roads, Coastal Virginia Magazine
Who’s Who in American Education
Who’s Who in America
Virginia’s Choral Director of Note, Choral Director magazine
“An Examination of the Application of Kinesics in Eliciting Expressive Ensemble Response and its Application in an Undergraduate Choral Conducting Curriculum” (Dissertation – Shenandoah University), 2003
“Publicity and Public Relations – Getting the Best Exposure for Your Choral Program” presented at the Maryland Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference, Baltimore, MD, 1999
“Conducting Electricity” presented at the Virginia Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference, Norfolk, VA, 2007
“Copyright Law for the Music Educator” presented at the Virginia Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference, Hot Springs, VA, 2011
“New Music for the High School Choral Program” presented at the Virginia Music Educators Annual In-Service Conference, Hot Springs, VA, 2012
“Expressive Conducting for the High School Choral Director” presented at the Tennessee Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference, Nashville, TN, 2014
“Let’s Get Into the Sing of Things” presented to the Hampton, VA City Public Schools Secondary Choral Educators, Hampton, VA, 2013
“Sing from the Heart – Taking Your Choir Beyond the Spots” presented at the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference, Nashville, TN, 2014
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO)
Artistic Director, Virginia Beach Chorale
Director of Music, Heritage United Methodist Church
Board Member, Shenandoah University Alumni Board of Directors