2017 TCDA MS/JH Honor Choir

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This year’s Honor Choir features renowned conductor Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Fox is an active adjudicator and clinician for regional, state, national and international organizations from the middle/junior high school to the collegiate level.  He has worked with ensembles in Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, New York, and Texas, to name a few, including Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. Fox was a guest conductor for the Lithuanian Professional State Choir Polifonija, and a featured soloist at Siauliai Big Band Festival and the Siauliai University/UNO showcase recital. In collaboration with artists from the U.S. and Latvia, Fox presented a 9/11 memorial recital hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia. Fox presents sessions nationally and internationally on the topics of assessment in the choral classroom, building classroom community, rehearsal strategies, choral conducting techniques and shaping note singing in the African American community.

As a baritone soloist, Fox has collaborated with many organizations, among them the Arkansas Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Columbia Chorale, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Michigan State University, and the Espaço Cultural Brasília (Brazil). He can be heard singing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on the compact disc In This Hid Clearing, available on the Naxos Classical Music label. His articles have appeared in the Choral Journal, Choral Cues, ChorTeach, Teaching Music and in educational blogs published by the National Association for Music Education and SmartMusic. Fox is a contributing author in the Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill choral textbook Voices in Concert, and his arrangement, Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time, is available in the Hal Leonard Sacred Music Series; and My Spirit Looks to God Alone will be published in the G. Schirmer Andrea Ramsey Choral Series.

Accompanied by Stephanie Biffle, Assistant Choir Director at The Woodlands High School, the 2017 Honor Choir will perform at 4:30 on Saturday, July 22.