The 11th Annual Over the Mountain Festival will be held Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Riverchase United Methodist Church. For the 2018–19 season we welcome Dr. James Seay, Director of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery as our guest clinician. He also serves as the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Montgomery Chorale, a community choir with over 110 singers on the roster. The répertoire for 2019 features Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest, plus seven other outstanding pieces from a wide variety of exceptional composers. Please see the details below and plan on joining us for this free concert!
Dr. James Seay serves as the Director of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL where he leads a music program with twelve choirs and almost 300 participants. Dr. Seay is also the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Montgomery Chorale, a community choir with over 110 singers on the roster. The last couple of seasons have included such major choral works as the Mozart Requiem, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms. In the fall of 2015, he launched a new auditioned ensemble, the Montgomery Chamber Chorale, which offers its own season of concerts specializing in chamber choral music. Before coming to Montgomery, Dr. Seay served as the Director of Music of FUMC Tuscaloosa for ten years where he led the Adult Choir in the 2010 Alabama ACDA Conference Concert. While in Tuscaloosa, Dr. Seay founded the professional chamber choral ensemble ETHOS which, in its first season, commissioned a piece, The Starry Night by Ola Gjeilo, and performed with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Seay continues to serve as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for choirs in college, high school, and church settings and has served as a Répertoire and Standards Chair for the Alabama Chapter of ACDA. Dr. Seay also remains active as a performer of both opera and concert répertoire as a young dramatic tenor, and has been praised for his work as a versatile singing actor. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns-Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Alabama.
Interested in joining us for the 2018–19 season? Find out how and signup online by clicking here.