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MVNU to host Central Ohio Honors Choirs

November 5, 2015 

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio--Mount Vernon Nazarene University is proud to host the 2015 District 10 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Honors Choir Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The event will feature over 150 young musicians from Ashland, Coshocton, Delaware, Holmes, Knox, Licking, Morrow and Richland Counties from over 30 participating schools. The event features high school and middle school honor choirs. To be eligible, students must be nominated by their director. The day will feature a morning of instruction and will culminate with a final concert at 3:30 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium on the MVNU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

This year's District 10 Honor choirs will feature Dr. Amy Chivington, Director of Music Education from Otterbein University directing the high school choir. The middle school director will be Loren Veigel (retired director from Massillon-Washington High School) and Artistic director of VOCI (Voices of Canton, Inc.) The middle school choral group will also have the pleasure of premiering a newly commissioned work entitled "Sing To Me" composed by Laura Farnell.

Dr. Amy Chivington is a graduate of Otterbein University and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. She is the Founder/Artistic Director of Kinderchor at Otterbein University, a community children's choir formerly in residence for 20 years at Otterbein University. Dr. Chivington serves as Music Director at Liberty United Methodist Church. She has been a music teacher in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. She has studied choral literature and conducting with Jean Ashworth Bartle, Maurice Casey, Ann Howard Jones, Henry Leck, Doreen Rao, Robert Shaw, and Sir David Willcocks. Dr. Chivington served the Evansville Children's choirs in Evansville, Ind., as Artist in Residence 2000-2001. Spring, 2008, she was Artist-in-Residence and Choral Music Consultant at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Ohio Music Education Association, the American Choral Directors Association, and the University Music Society.

She has published articles in the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and the Triad. She was recognized by the Vocal Arts Network with an Ovation 2003 Award for her contributions to the art of singing in Ohio. She has conducted performances and presented sessions for the Music Educators National Conference, the Ohio Music Education Association, the Ohio Choral Directors Association, and the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Chivington is the former Music and Drama/Theatre Consultant in Curriculum and Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education. She serves on several Columbus area Education Committees, including the Columbus Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. She serves as a consultant, adjudicator, and conductor internationally.

Loren C. Veigel served 31 years in secondary choral music education. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mount Union College, where he studied choral music with Cecil "Pop" Stewart and Bruce Browne; and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Maurice Skones.

Mr. Veigel taught at Waynedale High School, Jackson High School, Lancaster Sr. High School, and served 15 years as director of vocal music at Massillon Washington High School. His choirs compiled a record of success in adjudicated events, including more than 25 AA state superior ratings.

An interest in travel has pervaded Loren Veigel's career. His choirs have performed in many states, as well as Ontario and Quebec in Canada. As a director with the Ohio Honors Chorale, Veigel conducted in many European tours, culminating in four tours by the Massillon Washington Advanced Choir. Mr. Veigel now serves as the Ohio representative for Witte Travel and Tours of Grand Rapids, Michigan, allowing him to work with many performance organizations preparing for tours.

Mr. Veigel's life has also included church and collegiate work, serving on the staff of five churches, most notably St. Paul's Lutheran of Massillon, where he continues to play services. He also founded the Walsh University Chorale, serving there for more than five years, and was recently employed by the University of Akron, where he worked with vocal music student teachers and taught graduate music education. Professional organizations have included: the American Choral Directors Association (President, Secretary, Treasurer); Ohio Music Education Association (Dist. Pres., adjudicator, site host, 2009 All-State Choir Chair); and, the American Guild of Organists.

For more information, call 740-397-9000, ext. 3000.

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