11th annual TAISM Festival of Choirs Coming Soon!
January 26, 2014
Voices of the World Unite…
Over 200 high school singers from 20 international schools, including TAISM, will be participating in this year’s event. Tickets will be on sale in TAISM’s reception office starting Sunday, February 23rd for 3 RO each. Seating is limited. The finale concert will be held in the Bosch Center for the Performing Arts.
Dr. Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, will be this year’s guest conductor. Dr. Armstrong is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor (with John Ferguson) of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School and the Board of Chorus America.
Last year, Dr. Armstrong led choral festivals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York, and Orlando, Florida. Other guest conducting/lecturing engagements included appearances in New Jersey, New York, Utah, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Trondheim, Norway. In January 2006, Baylor University selected Anton Armstrong from a field of 118 distinguished nominees to receive the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The award is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. He spent February-June 2007 in residency at Baylor University as a visiting professor. In March 2007 he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the American Boychoir School, and in October 2009 he received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University.