The Board of the Phoenix Vocal and Performing Society would like to formally announce our new Artistic Director
Dr. Nicholle Andrews, D.Mus (she/her)
Phoenix Chamber Choir has been on an incredible journey for the 2018/2019 season, with four wonderful concerts presented by different guest conductors – all of whom stepped forward to offer their musical perspective and energy to the ensemble. Their generosity has allowed the organization to conduct a formal search for a new Artistic Director, assisted by a committee of singers and Board members, as well as local and national choral directors. While we were impressed by each and every one of the finalists, Dr. Andrews found an immediate rapport with the singers and showed a genuine desire to strengthen ties with her Canadian roots.
Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Andrews is currently the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Redlands. Her choral ensembles have been invited to perform at multiple national and international conferences, and she is in high demand across North America as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. She has worked closely with numerous new and emerging composers, and most recently presented Phoenix’s March 2019 concert Alive! with the entire program featuring living composers. Dr. Andrews is currently training as a body mapping clinician (Andover Educator). Her areas of research include the study of performance anxiety in musicians, pitch perception, and awareness of the body through conducting. She has received recognition for her outstanding teaching as the recipient of Advisor of the Year, Professor of the Year, and Faculty Outstanding Service Award.
The 2019/2020 season will be a time of new explorations. Dr. Andrews is based in Redlands, California and will be travelling to Vancouver on a regular basis to work with the ensemble as well as build ties with the local choral community. She brings her extensive choral conducting and pedagogical experience and her love of contemporary Canadian choral music. Dr. Andrews is looking forward to collaborating with an in-town assistant conductor, who will be selected in the coming months. In her own words: “My primary job is to inspire. If I am successful in inspiring the ensemble, the rest is an incredible adventure for all. The conductor is simply a conduit for the music.” We are extremely excited to be embarking on this new adventure together with Dr. Andrews.
Stay tuned for our 2019/2020 Season: Reawakening.