Affiliation: University of Washington
Presentation: Interest Session, Reading Session
Title: UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY: A SOUTH AFRICAN CHORAL KALEIDOSCOPE
Abstract: The presenter will showcase and discuss a variety of new, exciting South African choral literature, representing all eleven official languages in South Africa. This session will be interactive; and in the format of a reading session including an informative discussion of excerpts of some of traditional South African folk music.
Biography: A native of South Africa, Gerrit Scheepers is the founding artistic director of Armonia Chamber Singers, an adult mixed chamber chorus based in Pretoria, South Africa. He has previously held choral director positions at both a middle- and high school before relocating to the United States in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Music (University of Pretoria) and a Master of Music (Missouri State University) in choral conducting where he studied with Dr. Cameron LaBarr. During his time at Missouri State University he was associate conductor of the Missouri State University Chorale. Gerrit has worked as guest conductor and clinician for various High Schools across the United States. He holds membership with ACDA, NAfME, NCCO and Choral Canada. He currently resides in Seattle, where he is pursuing a DMA in choral conducting at the University of Washington under Dr. Geoffrey Boers; and also assisting the University of Washington Chorale under the leadership of Dr. Giselle Wyers.