The Department of Music is pleased to welcome new faculty member Joe Lerangís as Assistant Professor and the Priscilla E. Browning Director of Choral Music. Lerangís has appeared as a conductor and tenor both internationally and across the United States. Joe has worked as Director of Choral Activities at Colgate University where they reestablished the choral program after its Covid dormancy, Director of Music at Spiritus Christi church in Rochester, NY, and Assistant Conductor of both the Yale Glee Club and the Yale Camerata. Joe has studied choral conducting with William Weinert, Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and André J. Thomas, and orchestral conducting with Donald Schleicher, Mark Gibson, Brad Lubman, Larry Rachleff, and Carl St. Clair. Previously, Joe spent several years in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where they completed a Fulbright fellowship and founded and developed the first music department in a general education secondary school in Mongolia to offer youth choir, orchestra, and band programs. In 2017, they reached the final round of Mongolia’s nationally televised pop idol competition, winning the Judge’s Choice Award and an award from the Mongolian Ministry of Culture. While at Yale, Joe received both the Robert Shaw Prize in Conducting and the Friedmann Thesis Prize for outstanding work for their doctoral dissertation, “Hybridized Urtyn Duu and the Making of a Mongolian Choral Idiom in the Works of Byambasurengiin Sharav.” They hold previous degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Nanjing University, Kenyon College, and most proudly, the Bronx High School of Science.