Festival '18

Our tenth anniversary concert will be held Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., at Riverchase United Methodist Church, 1953 Old Montgomery Highway. With Gabriel Fauré's Requiem as the centerpiece, it will include several other pieces, popular as well as beautiful. Please see the repertoire listed below. Our clinician for this season is Dr. Andrew Minear, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama. Dr. Minear's biography appears below, as well.

 

Festival '18 Program

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Congregational)...............Beethoven

O Clap Your Hands......................................Ralph Vaughan Williams

Soon Ah Will Be Done................................................William Dawson

Grace Before Sleep..........................................................Susan LaBarr

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (Congregational).....arr. Hadyn

Requiem (1889 version).................................................Gabriel Fauré

Now Thank We All Our God (Congregational)...............Mendelssohn

Lord of the Dance........................................Sydney Carter/arr. Rutter

Ain't Got Time to Die.......................................................Hall Johnson

Unclouded Day.....................................................arr. Shawn Kirchner

 

Festival '18 Clinician

With over one hundred appearances across thirteen states, Dr. Andrew Minear is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter. Recent or upcoming engagements include all-state choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Dr. Minear’s dedication to students and passion for expressive music-making have been cultivated through teaching experiences in children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, and collegiate choral settings.

 

Dr. Andrew Minear serves as Assistant Professor in Choral Studies and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he leads the university choirs, oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. During his doctoral studies in choral conducting at Michigan State University, Andrew Minear served as the director of the MSU Campus Choir and assistant director of the MSU Men’s Glee Club.

 

During Minear’s tenure as Choral Director at Dr. Phillips High School, home of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, choirs under his direction performed to acclaim at State (2011), Southern Division (2012), and National (2013) Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. The DPHS Concert Choir performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Minear’s students were selected over 180 times for All-State and ACDA Honor Choirs.

 

Dr. Minear has attended conducting masterclasses with Rodney Eichenberger, Simon Halsey, and Helmuth Rilling, and he was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 American Prize in Conducting. A proponent of lifelong singing, in 2014 Andrew Minear founded the Keep Singing Project, a service that connects singers with choral organizations in their community or at their chosen college or university. He received his BME and MME from Florida State University, and DMA from Michigan State University. For more information, visit andrewminear.com.

 

When not conducting choirs, Andrew enjoys traveling, reading, cheering on his favorite college sports teams, and spending time with his wife, Ashley, and two amazing daughters, Clara and Emilia.

 

Festival '18 Singer Information

Singers interested in joining us for our tenth season click here now for more information.

 

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