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Eastern Division Conference: Rhode Island Children’s Chorus

During the 2014 Eastern Division Conference, ACDA will present . . .
       Eastern Division Conference headliner Simon Carrington has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor, first in the United Kingdom where he was born and later in the United States. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a twenty-four-voice chamber choir, attracting the interest of his successor, Masaaki Suzuki, director of the Bach Collegium Japan. During his Yale tenure he led the introduction of a new graduate voice degree for singers specializing in oratorio, early music, and chamber ensemble; and, with his faculty colleagues, he guided two Yale graduate students to their first-prize wins in consecutive conducting competitions at ACDA National Conferences. From 2001 until his Yale appointment, he was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory, Boston, where he was selected by the students for the Krasner Teaching Excellence Award.
       Prior to coming to the United States, he was a creative force for twenty-five years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, which he cofounded at Cambridge University. He gave three thousand performances at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than seventy recordings, and appeared on countless television and radio programs, including nine appearances on the Tonight Show with the late Johnny Carson!
       Now a Yale professor emeritus, he maintains an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes around the world.
The ACDA Eastern Division Conference will take place February 5-8, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.  You can register NOW.