2015 guest conductor
Andrew Megill is recognized as one of the leading choral conductors of his generation, known for his passionate artistry and unusually wide-ranging repertoire, extending from early music to newly composed works. He currently 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 like a frozen knife” [Monterey Herald] and “leaving the audience gasping in amazement” [Classical NJ].
Megill frequently collaborates with the world’s leading orchestras, preparing choirs for performances with the American Composers’ Orchestra, American Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and New York Philharmonic. He will make his debut conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in December of 2014.
Megill is particularly admired for his performances of Baroque choral works. He regularly collaborates with leaders in the field of historically informed performance and has conducted many period-instrument orchestras. He has conducted and taught at Bach festivals at Westminster Choir College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as in Dublin, Ireland.
This fall, Megill joined the faculty of the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) School of Music as Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities. He has previously served as Music Director of the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra (with whom he frequently performed in Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls), Chorusmaster for the Spoleto Festival USA (where he led “the finest opera chorus in the world” [Charleston Post and Courier]), and Associate Professor at Westminster Choir College. He has been a guest conductor for 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.
It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Andrew Megill to Western Michigan University as guest conductor of the 77th annual Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival to be held in Miller Auditorium on March 19, 2015.