Choral Faculty Lead Festival Choirs from Tennessee to India

Feb. 15, 2018

Choral Faculty Lead Festival Choirs
Stuart Chapman Hill

Webster University Department of Music faculty recently led festival choirs from Tennessee to New Delhi.

At the end of January, Trent Patterson, director of Choral Studies, and Stuart Chapman Hill, director of Music Education, were invited guest conductors for the Rutherford County Choral Festival in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Students from the county’s nine high schools came together for the two-day event, which culminated in a concert on Tuesday evening. Patterson led the mixed choir, while Hill led the treble choir.

Hill Guest Conductor in India

The following week, Stuart Chapman Hill served as guest choral conductor in New Delhi, India, for the Middle East South Asia Conference Senior Arts Festival (MESAC), which was held at the American Embassy School, Feb. 3–5.

The annual event brings together students in four arts areas (band, choir, theater, and visual art) from the six schools in the MESAC conference—the American Embassy School in New Delhi; the American British Academy in Oman; the American School of Doha in Qatar; and the American Community School of Abu Dhabi, the American School of Dubai, and the Dubai American Academy, all of the United Arab Emirates.

Students participated in three days of rehearsal and classes, which led to final performances and presentations on Monday, Feb. 5. Students also had the chance to experience India’s culture, including tasting regional cuisine and learning bhangra dancing.

Hill was the first guest choral conductor to be invited for the event; previously, teachers from each of the schools shared leadership of the festival choir.

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