A FESTIVAL LIKE NONE OTHER
Imagine ALL the following in one place at one time! It ALL takes place during the Music for All National Choir Festival, March 12-14, 2020, in Indianapolis! To apply, submit recordings online by June 5, 2019; https://choir.musicforall.org/apply/
Known around the world as a conductor, clinician, and music educator, Henry Leck serves as the Artistic Director of Music for All Choral Activities and will conduct the National Festival Choir.
Jason Max Ferdinand, Conductor of the Oakwood Aeolians has been named Associate Artistic Director of the Music for All National Choir Festival. “Jason has a magnificent sense of artistry. His affirming and inspiring heart is truly aligned with the Music for All philosophy of positively life-changing experiences through music,” stated Artistic Director Henry Leck. Ferdinand serves as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Activities at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.
“Jo-Michael Scheibe will impart guidance to conductors of the 2020 National Choir Festival,” stated Artistic Director, Henry Leck. The Joseph Flummerfelt Conductor’s Critique has been named in honor of Dr. Flummerfelt who served as the founding facilitator of the Conductor’s Critique and was a guiding force in the creation of the Music for All National Choir Festival. Scheibe oversees the Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California at USC Thornton in Los Angeles.
“I will share the podium with the incredible conductor and my friend, Elena Sharkova. Elena is known throughout the world for her dynamic musicianship and enthusiasm in making great music!” said Artistic Director, Henry Leck. Sharkova is artistic director of Cantabile Youth Singers in California.
Music for All presents Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell as Composer-In-Residence during the Music for All National Choir Festival. During the festival, Dr. Powell will rehearse and conduct her own composition with the Music for All National Choir. She serves as the Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor and Professor of Voice at Auburn University.
DILWORTH, BROEKER, BOYD, AND WILDER
Participating choirs will receive commentary and an individual clinic with the artistic panel including Rollo Dilworth, Temple University, Angela Broeker, Western Washington University, Brandon Boyd, University of Missouri, and Ly Wilder, contemporary vocal artist, Bloomington, Indiana.
Students will experience side-by-side singing with the Aeolians in 2020. “I am excited about the Aeolians premiering this opportunity,” stated Henry Leck, Director of Choral Activities for Music for All. The Aeolians will appear in an exclusive concert for the participating choirs, provide an interactive master class, participate in rehearsal, and perform with the Music for All National Choir.
MASTER CLASSES with FERDINAND, POWELL, SHARKOVA, WILDER & MCCLAIN
Explore the style, sound, songs and stories that make jazz America’s indigenous music with Ly Wilder. Take a group voice lesson from professional singer and choral conductor, John McClain. Share the passion and expertise of St. Petersburg, Russia native, Elena Sharkova, as you explore the beauty and allure of folk songs from Russia. Experience choral immersion with the Oakwood Aeolians under the guided hand of Jason Max Ferdinand. Rehearse and perform the commissioned piece with the composer, Rosephanye Dunn-Powell.
APPLICATION FEEDBACK FROM LANA, STARK, LECK AND FERDINAND
Choral Music Artistic Committee members Robyn Lana and Eric Stark will join Artistic Director, Henry Leck, Associate Artistic Director, Jason Max Ferdinand to provide valuable recorded and written feedback to all choirs who apply for the 2020 National Choir Festival.