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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