We are excited to announce the conductors for our 2017 Festival at Carnegie Hall programs! Performing at Carnegie Hall is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to experience the thrill of performing on one of the world’s most famous stages. Between performing and rehearsing, students also get the chance to explore New York City, including a trip to Broadway!
Applications for 2017 are available now and are due by September 23, 2016. Learn more about the application process by choosing a festival of interest.
Now, let’s meet our 2017 conductors!
Lynne Gackle is a Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University. She has conducted All-State choirs in 28 states, several divisional ACDA honor choirs, and two ACDA national honor choirs. Gackle received her BME from Louisiana State University and her MM and Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Christopher Aspaas is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University. He received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at Florida State University in Tallahassee and has produced more than forty arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s and women’s choirs.
André Thomas is the Director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia New Zealand, and Austria. He is a distinguished composer and arranger and the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University.
Edith Copley is the Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University. She conducts the Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches choral literature. Copley has conducted over 30 All-State Choirs and the ACDA National Mixed Honor Choir.
Anton Armstrong is a Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College. He has advanced degrees in Music from the University of Illinois and Michigan State University and has collaborated in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Garrison Keillor.
Rollo Dilworth is an Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University’s Boyer School of Music. He has written and/or arranged over 150 choral works currently in print. Dilworth is a Guest Conductor for honors and All-State choirs throughout the United States and abroad.
Jeffery Ames is the Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. He has a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting and Choral Music Education, from Florida State University. He is a distinguished and well-respected composer and arranger.
Tim Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzberg, Austria. He authored best-sellers The Perfect Blend and The Perfect Rehearsal as well as The Perfect Choral Workbook. He conducted the Guinness Book of World Record’s Longest Choral Concert.
Greg Gilpin is an ASCAP award-winning choral composer and arranger. He performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and is the Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press. He received a degree in Vocal Music Education at Northwest Missouri State.
Learn more about our Festival at Carnegie Hall programs.