Webinars hosted by Jeffrey Brillhart
Singing City is offering a series of in-depth interviews with choral conductors, composers, and other artists. After the interviews, participants will have an oppprtunity to ask questions. To learn more about each webinar, follow the links below.
Attendance for our 2020-2021 season events will be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no cost to participate, but you will need to R.S.V.P. and prvoide your e-mail address. Ahead of each event, you will receive an email from Singing City with information on how to login to Zoom, an online meeting platform where we will host our webinars. All Zoom events will begin 10 minutes before the program starting time. We hope you will join us!
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2 p.m.
A Lifetime of Music: Conversations with Anton Armstrong and André Thomas
"I want the power of music—that Spirit—to transform those who perform and those who will hear the message. For me, that is a very powerful reason for doing what we do." Anton Armstrong
Anton Armstrong, left, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois (MM) and Michigan State University (DMA). He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy.
André J. Thomas, right, is the recently retired Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. He was appointed Professor of Choral Conducting and Interim conductor of the Yale Camerata 2020-2021. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa.
Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians’ summer residency of the World Youth Choir in China and the Philippines. He was also the conductor of the winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe, and a premier performance by an American Choir (Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam.
Photo: Untitled (Abstraction with Shells and Fibers), 1932; detail
Emilio Amero, Mexican, 1901-1976.
Collection of the Philadelphia Musuem of Art
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Lynne and Harold Honickman Gift of the Julien Levy Collection, 2001.
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