Senior High Honor Choir
Department of Music
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Join us for our Annual UMD sponsored Senior High Honor Choir Festival - Monday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with a 4:00 p.m. concert
This year, we welcome Dr. Andrea Ramsey as our festival guest clinician.
Dr. Ramsey enjoys an international presence as a composer, conductor, scholar and music educator. Before leaping into full time composing and guest conducting, Andrea held positions at The Ohio State University and the University of Colorado Boulder, respectively. An award-winning composer with approximately 100 works to date, she believes strongly in the creation of new music. A native of Arkansas, Andrea has experienced in her own life the power of music to provide a sense of community, better understanding of our humanity and rich opportunities for self-discovery.
Also in attendance, UMD Clinicians:
Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Elizabeth Fisher is an assistant professor of choral music at the University of Minnesota Duluth where she serves as head of the Vocal Jazz Program, conducts the UMD Concert Chorale, and teaches courses in choral music education, conducting, aural skills, and voice. Dr. Fisher’s scholarship focuses on restoring manuscripts of 18th century music composed for the for the women of the Ospedali as well as choral music’s engagement with social justice issues. She has presented and worked as a clinician at schools and conferences throughout the region. In 2015, she was selected as a semi-finalist in the National ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition. Fisher has taught in the public schools of Minnesota and Wisconsin, conducting choirs at the middle and high school levels. She holds degrees from Millikin University (BME), Westminster Choir College (MM), and Michigan State University (DMA).
Dr. Richard Robbins, Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities
Richard Robbins is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he conducts the University Singers and Chamber Singers, in addition to teaching an array of choral conducting and music courses. Prior to this, he served as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he directed the A Cappella and Chamber Choirs, and taught courses in choral music education, counterpoint, ear training, and music technology. Dr. Robbins travels extensively as a clinician, adjudicator, and director for choral festivals and honor choirs across the country, with recent engagements in Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City. His editions of Italian sacred music of the early Baroque are published internationally, and he has been invited to present on a range of topics for music education and conducting organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association, and internationally at Warsaw’s Chopin Conservatory of Music (Poland).
Nominations will open soon ~
Deadline for nominations, schedule, and festival repertoire will be posted soon.