Visiting Artist: André J. Thomas
André J. Thomas is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians, summer residency of the World Youth Choir in the Republic of China and the Philippines, winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe, and a premier performance by an American choir in Vietnam.
Wednesday, October 10
9:00 – 11:00 Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual (The Playhouse)
4:30 – 6:00 Westminster Choir Rehearsal (Bristol Chapel)
Thursday, October 11
2:10 – 4:15 Graduate Conducting Masterclass (Bristol Chapel)
4:30 – 6:00 Open rehearsal with Kantorei (Bristol Chapel)
Friday, October 12
9:10 – 10:10 A Positive Approach to Rehearsal Technique (The Playhouse)
11:30 – 12:30 Rehearsal: Westminster Symphonic Choir, Verdi; Requiem (The Playhouse)
3:20 – 4:20 Undergraduate Conducting Masterclass (The Playhouse)
Saturday, October 13
André Thomas will present a reading session focusing on his compositions as part of the Kemp Church Music Symposium.
Learn more at the Office of Continuing Education. www.rider.edu/woce
André J. Thomas