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Cultivating a Musical Connection in Young Singers
May 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Register for this webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/9126157998992128515
Students begin forming their creative identities and associating themselves with specific activities well before adolescence. How can we make artistic activities appealing and inclusive for students of various backgrounds during these formative years?
How do we retain their involvement through middle and high school and beyond? Who is missing from our programs, why, and how do we bring them to the fold?
This session will focus on ideas regarding recruitment, retention, repertoire, and rapport as they relate to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment in the musical ensembles of our Catholic schools.
Presented by André-Louis Heywood, Artistic Director of the St. John’s Boys’ Choir and Liturgical Music Director at St. John’s Preparatory School
Born in Trinidad, André Heywood grew up and studied in London, Ontario, earning undergraduate degrees in both Biochemistry and Music Education, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from The University of Western Ontario. A former chorister of the renowned Amabile Boys’ and Men’s Choirs, Mr. Heywood served as the group’s assistant conductor for two years before moving to Minnesota in 2007. Since then he has worked on the campus of Saint John’s Abbey and University, serving as Artistic Director of The Saint John’s Boys’ Choir, conductor of the Saint John’s Abbey Schola, Liturgical Music Director at Saint John’s Preparatory School, and as an adjunct faculty member at the university where he directs two ensembles and teaches graduate choral conducting. In 2016, he was appointed conductor of the National Catholic Youth Choir.