Victor Zupanc is a prominent composer in American theater having worked on over three hundred productions worldwide as well as several feature films and documentaries.


Victor Zupanc, born in Canada, began his musical career studying violin and piano at the age of six at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Victoria, British Columbia. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Victoria he earned his Masters Degree in Music Composition at University of California at San Diego in 1983.

Since 1983 Mr. Zupanc has been involved in over 300 theatrical productions as composer, musical director, sound designer and performer. He has worked at some of the most respected theaters in the country including The La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, Missouri Rep, The Kennedy Center, Berkeley Rep, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, SITI Company, Playwright's Horizons, The Acting Company and New Victory Theater; in Minneapolis, The Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, The Jungle Theatre and The Mixed Blood Theater. His music has been heard abroad in China, Japan, South America, Great Britain, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Artists that Mr. Zupanc has worked with include Des McAnuff, Robert Woodruff, Ann Bogart, Marion McClinton, Nilo Cruz, Graciela Daniele, Kevin Kling, Bill Irwin, Stephen Sondheim, Randy Newman and David Byrne.

Mr. Zupanc is a two time recipient of The Theater Critics Circle Award for his theater scores (A Man's A Man, director: Robert Woodruff and Nineteen Fifty One, director: Ann Bogart) and was twice awarded with a Hollywood DramaLogue Award for his work, most notably for the acclaimed New York production of Romulus Linney's Holy Ghost!

In 1989 he accepted and still retains the position of Music Director/Composer at the Tony Award winning Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis (CTC). At CTC, Mr. Zupanc composes scores and conducts orchestras comprised of the finest professional musicians in the country.

Since 1990 Mr. Zupanc has been invited to compose, lecture and conduct orchestras in South America, China and Japan. He has received numerous grants including McKnight, Jerome and Otto Bremer Foundations. He was a 2005 Bush Foundation Artist Fellow. In 2004 he was Composer-In-Residence with the renowned vocal group, The Rose Ensemble who featured Mr. Zupanc on their CD, Road to Compostela. In 2005 Innova Records released a CD of his ballet, Sun and Moon. He has composed theme music for NPR. He frequently tours his original composition, For the Birds, featuring himself with renowned ensemble Zeigeist and acclaimed storyteller Kevin Kling. In 2013 The Dakota Valley Symphony premiered Zupanc’s The Burning Wisdom of Finn McCool for full orchestra and narrator (Kevin Kling). The Minneapolis Star Tribune called this a “…masterful orchestral piece that captured every nuance and created every mood for Kevin Kling’s entertaining and often suspenseful reading.”

Mr. Zupanc has scored several films including The Operator, by Jon Dichter, which has screened worldwide. This film and others have been critically acclaimed at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Los Angeles International Film Festival, GenArt in New York, South By SouthWest, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

I am a composer who thrives on diversity of styles. I am happiest when each successive project is completely different in style and concept from the last project. Many of my commissions involve composing music in the style of cultures from all over the globe and as a result I have become an avid student of many ethnic musical cultures. I am equally comfortable composing pop music, jazz, orchestral, choral, sacred, secular and ethnic music of various cultures.

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