In this episode of Arts Scene, Dr. Andrew Morgan, Choral Conductor at Hendrix College in Conway, AR, comes on the air to discuss his career, as well as Hendrix's upcoming production of Carl Orff's famous cantata, "Carmina Burana."
The following biographical information on Dr. Morgan was obtained from hendrix.edu:
Since the age of four when he sang “Away in a Manger” at a Christmas Eve church service, Andrew Morgan’s life has revolved around music.
“In high school I knew I wanted to be a choral conductor,” said Morgan, who earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003.
After college, Morgan taught general elementary music in public schools in Madison and Chicago for three years before beginning his graduate work at Temple University.
After Temple, Morgan moved back to Chicago to be closer to his (now) wife, Julia, whose background is in nonprofit theatre marketing, and to work with the Chicago Children’s Choir. After two years in Chicago, he enrolled in the choral conducting program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, which admits one doctoral student per year. He chose the program for its small size, emphasis on engagement and creativity, and excellent teaching opportunities.
His advisor Professor Kathy Romey, the university’s director of choral activities, was the first mentor to suggest that a liberal arts college like Hendrix might be the best match for Morgan.
Now Dr. Andrew Morgan finds himself as the Choral Conductor at Hendrix College and has come on Arts Scene to go into further detail about his life.
The college's production of "Carmina Burana," which Dr. Morgan also talks about in his interview, will be showing at 7:30pm on April 28th in Staples Auditorium on Hendrix's campus. This performance is free and open to the public.