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Willoughby to Return to Carnegie Hall Conductor's Podium
Judith Willoughby, Wanda L. Bass Professor of Conducting and Choral Music Education at Oklahoma City University, will return to New York to conduct at Carnegie Hall April 17.
Willoughby with lead choruses in rehearsals and performance of “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Ralph Vaughan Williams through Distinguished Concerts International New York.
In addition to her Carnegie Hall appearance, Willoughby will travel to Washington, D.C., to serve on a grants panel for the National Endowment of the Arts. She will guest conduct Region 20’s (Dallas metropolitan area) Texas All State mixed chorus in January, conduct one of the West Virginia all state choruses? in February, and lead the women’s Texas All State Chorus at Texas’s state convention in San Antonio in February. She also leads a choral festival at Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago at the end of April and, in July, conducts an international choral festival in Somerset, Wells and London, England.
Over the summer, she published “Stan Still Jordan,” a new work in her choral series. The piece was premiered in Philadelphia at the national Chorus America conference in June. Willoughby also presented a session at the conference and published an article in the June/July editions of “The Chorister: The Journal of the Choristers Guild. The article, entitled “Planting Choral Seeds,” offers a blueprint for a pedagogical foundation for children and youth choruses in faith communities.
She also served as artistic director for the Canterbury Youth Choruses’ summer choral camp and was director of choirs for the Rocky Mountain High School Honor Choirs at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. While in Colorado, she also taught conducting to master’s candidates in Kodaly Education and to the MME candidates in the summer graduate program at Colorado State University.
Earlier this year, she lectured graduate choral students at Yale University and conducted an evening concert in Yale’s Woolsey Hall in collaboration with the Yale Glee Club and selected high school choruses from New Haven, Conn.
In addition to her Oklahoma City University appointment, Willoughby is artistic director of the Youth Choral Program of the Canterbury Choral Society. At OCU, she conducts Ad Astra Women's Chorus and University Singers, and teaches courses in music education. ?As a guest conductor, clinician and conference headliner, Willoughby has led choruses and orchestras in the world's major concert halls in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Asia.
She was the headliner for the inaugural 2009 Charleston International Festival of Choirs. Willoughby has been an active honor choir conductor for the American Choral Directors Association, conducting honor choruses for one national, five divisional, and numerous state conventions. She has conducted 44 all-state choruses in the United States.
Willoughby edits a choral series published by Alliance Music, has contributed to articles published in ACDA's Choral Journal, wrote a chapter for “The Choral Director's Cookbook” published by Meredith Music, and was on the editorial board for two Chorus America publications: “Leading the Successful Chorus” and “Conductors Count: What Chorus Boards, Music Directors and Administrators Need to Know.” She recently authored a chapter in “Way Over in Beulah Lan': Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual,” by Dr. Andre Thomas, published in 2007 by Heritage Music Press. ?