ACDA Boston logo-SmallACDA Eastern Division Honor Choirs 2016

February 10-13 – Boston, MA
Jared Berry, Honor Choir Chair

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Elementary Honor Choir Application CLOSED
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, conductor
A treble choir of singers who will be in grades 4, 5, or 6 in February 2016 

Malvar-RuizFernando Malvar-Ruiz is the Litton-Lodal Music Director of The American Boychoir. He leads the choir annually in over one hundred performances throughout the United States and tours with them internationally. During his tenure, The American Boychoir has performed for the 9/11 Memorial Service broadcast live on CNN around the world, the Academy Awards, the YouthAIDS Benefit Gala and the US Open Tennis Tournament. He prepares the choir for regular performances with some of the finest orchestras in the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, The Staatskapelle Berlin, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and has worked with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, and others.

A native of Spain, Mr. Malvar-Ruiz began his musical studies at the age of ten. After earning his undergraduate degree in piano performance and music theory from the Reál Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, he completed his Kodály certification in Kécskemet, Hungary, where he was awarded the Sharolta Kodály scholarship. He holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Ohio State University, and has completed all coursework toward a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Illinois.

Widely sought after internationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, clinician, and recognized expert in the adolescent male evolving voice, Mr. Malvar-Ruiz has guest conducted throughout the world including the Kodály convention in Australia, the World Children’s Choir in Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, Bermuda and the Des Moines International Children’s Choral Festival. For 11 years, he instructed the summer master’s Program in Kodály at Capital University and since 2008 has served on the faculty of the Internacional De Verano de Direccion Coral y Pedagogoia Musical in Las Palmas, Spain. Mr. Malvar-Ruiz also regularly conducts honor choirs and choral festivals throughout the United States for ACDA and OAKE regional and national conventions.


South American Honor Choir Application CLOSED
Daniel Afonso, conductor

An SSAATTBB choir of singers who will be in grades 11 or 12 or college in February 2016, or adults

AfonsoDaniel R. Afonso, Jr. is professor of music and Director of Vocal and Choral Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. He received a degree in Educação Artística from the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNI-Rio), a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. Dr. Afonso is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has studied conducting with Carlos Alberto Figueiredo, Cees Rotteveel, Eph Ehly, and William Hatcher. He is also the founding director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and, since 2001, has prepared several choral masterworks with the ensemble.

Dr. Afonso has performed with choral groups in Brazil, U.S., and Europe, and has previously taught music at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNI-Rio), and Doane College (Nebraska). He is strongly committed to the performance of new music and has commissioned and premiered many choral works in the last few years, including several of his own works and works by young composition students. Finally, he is a composer, arranger, and editor of choral music and is also widely recognized for his research and performance of the Brazilian and Latin American choral repertoire.


Junior High Honor Choir Application CLOSED
Andrea Ramsey, conductor
An SATB choir of singers who will be in grades 7, 8, or 9 in February 2016 


Conductor, composer, and teacher, Dr. Andrea Ramsey is the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A native of Arkansas, Dr. Ramsey enjoys teaching and working with singers of all ages and guest conducts and presents regularly throughout the United States and Canada. An ASCAP award-winning composer, Dr. Ramsey has approximately 70 choral works in publication with an array of publishers including Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Colla Voce, GIA, Hal Leonard, Santa Barbara and Walton Music.


High School Honor Choir Application CLOSED
Jeffery Redding, conductor

An SSAATTBB choir of singers who will be in grades 10, 11, or 12 in February 2016

ReddingJeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School, Winter Garden, Florida, has led his choirs in performances at State, Regional, and National conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA). West Orange choirs earned first place at Heritage Festivals of Gold in New York and California and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. At the International Music Festival, Verona, Italy, West Orange received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director. While Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University (WVU), he led his choir on college recruitment tours—the Southern tour culminating in a performance at Florida ACDA. On the Eastern tour the WVU choir solo performed at Lincoln Center, joining choirs from across the country for Schubert’s Mass in G with members of the New York Philharmonic under Dr. Redding’s direction.

Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and lecturer. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, and All-State and Honor choirs in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin. In 2014, he was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy.

Dr. Redding directed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their 2005 spring broadcast. He was featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He has been honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. Dr. Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir in Winter Garden, Florida. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he is now a member of the professional male singing group “Brethren.” The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Cola Voce Music, Inc.

Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and an M.M.E., both from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. In the Florida Vocal Association (FVA) he has served as District 8 Chairperson. In ACDA he was State R & S Chair for Ethnic Music and Multicultural Affairs, Mixed Honor Choir Co-chair, and Youth/Student Activities Chair for Florida.