Andrew Megill – Open Rehearsal
In this public rehearsal, Andrew Megill will rehearse the UGA Hodgson Singers on Bach’s St. John Passion.Andrew Megill is recognized as one the leading choral conductors of his generation, admired for both his passionate artistry and his unusually wide-ranging repertoire, which extends from early music to newly composed works. He is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where he leads the oldest doctoral program in choral conducting in the United States. In addition, he leads three of North America’s finest professional vocal ensembles: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, and Fuma Sacra. His performances have been praised for their “power, subtlety, and nuance” and “profound spirituality” [Le Devoir, Montreal] and have been described as “piercing the heart likea frozen knife” [Monterey Herald] and “leaving the audience gasping in amazement” [Classical NJ].Megill is particularly admired for his performances of Baroque choral works. He regularly collaborates with leaders in thefield of historically-informed performance, including Masaaki Suzuki, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Andrea Marcon, Paul Goodwin, Julianne Baird, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Nancy Wilson, Peter Hanson, and John Holloway. He has conducted many period-instrument orchestras, including Piffaro, Rebel, Sinfonia NYC, Brandywine Baroque, the Sebastians, Tempesta di Mare, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. He has led Bach festivals at the University of Illinois, Westminster Choir College, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and in Ireland at the Dublin Institute of Technology.Megill previously served as Music Director of the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra (with whom he frequently performed in Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls) and Chorusmaster for the Spoleto Festival USA (where he trained “the finest opera chorus in the world” [Charleston Post and Courier]). He has beena guest artist with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, TENET vocal ensemble, the Juilliard Opera Center, and Emmanuel Music (Boston), and served as interim choirmaster for Trinity Church (Wall Street) in Manhattan. Prior to his appointment at the University of Illinois, he taught at Westminster Choir College for more than twenty years.Megill’s residency is made possible through the support of the McCay Endowment and a the Willson Center.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:00am
Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Choral Suite Rehearsal Room
250 River Road, Athens, GA 30602