Stetson University

Andrew Larson

Associate Professor of Choral Studies, Associate Director of Choral Activities

Andrew Larson (B.M. - Utah State University; M.M. - Brigham Young University; D.M.A. - University of Illinois) is associate professor of choral studies and associate director of choral activities at Stetson University. He conducts the Stetson University Women's Chorale and the Choral Union while continuing to teach Choral Methods and a First Year Seminar called "Mozart, Movies and Musicology." Larson has studied with several conductors, composers and scholars, including Will Kesling, Ronald Staheli, Mack Wilberg, Fred Stoltzfus and Chester Alwes. He has written for the Choral Journal, and is in frequent demand as a clinician, lecturer and adjudicator. The Stetson University Women's Chorale has been invited to perform at the ACDA Southern Division Conference in March 2014. There they will premier his most recent composition, "What If I a-Walking Went." His choirs have appeared at FMEA, twice at the Florida ACDA conference and at the ACDA Southern Division Conference in Memphis. Under his direction, the Stetson University Women's Chorale recently released an album entitled "Life's Loveliness" (available on iTunes), and the Concert Choir has released an album entitled "A Candlelight Tradition," (available on iTunes), both on the Clear Note label. Both recording projects contain compositions by Larson. He has conducted county, regional and all-state festivals in eight states, and regularly adjudicates choirs from all over the country. He served two seasons as an artist faculty member at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. He is the president-elect of the Florida ACDA.

His compositions, arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by high school and collegiate ensembles across the country. His works have been featured in choral reading sessions around the U.S. His published works appear with Santa Barbara Music under the Jo-Michael Scheibe series, with Hinshaw Music and under the Lorenz label. He is currently working on an orchestration commission for "Salvator natus est," recently published by Hinshaw Music.

In Utah, he conducted the Madrigal Singers at Logan High School, the BYU women's chorus and the Wasatch Chorale. As a pianist he has accompanied soloists and choruses at USU and Stetson University. He has been a church organist since age 12. Larson cataloged over 5,000 choral works as the University of Illinois' choral librarian. His dissertation pioneered research on the choral music of Eric Whitacre and was nominated for the Julius Hereford national prize for dissertations in musicology. It has been referenced in numerous other student papers on the composer in the past seven years.

A native of Richmond, Utah, Larson sang with his parents and six siblings across the U.S. After living two years in Eastern Europe and serving as a professional interpreter/translator, he sang as tenor soloist and chorus member with the USU Chamber Singers under the Howard Choral Scholarship, and with the BYU Singers in numerous recording sessions and television broadcasts, including premier recordings of Eric Whitacre's choral music, in addition to numerous concerts across the United States, the UK, Israel and Jordan. He has sung in many solo and chamber recitals at Stetson University, and he sang two seasons with the professional early music ensemble Musica Reservata. He was a soloist with the University of Illinois Chorale, and he has sung the roles of Neville Craven in "The Secret Garden," Ivan Stepanovich in the Russian Opera "The Music Shop," and various other musical theater roles. He most recently studied voice with Barrington Coleman and Arden Hopkin. His formative vocal instruction was carried out by Cynthia Dewey and Marta Johns Rigby. He has been a guest chorister four times with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

He has taught voice at Parkland College in Illinois and for the USU extension program. His voice studio at Stetson University produced singers who performed leading operatic roles in the Stetson Opera Theatre, won competitions and who have been accepted in graduate school for vocal performance.

His professional memberships include the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society, ACDA, NCCO, FMEA/FVA, CMS and NATS. Larson is active in his church and community, residing in DeLand with his wife and four children.

Education

  • D.M.A., University of Illinois
  • M.M., Brigham Young University
  • B.M., Utah State University

Course Topics

  • Choral Methods
  • First Year Seminar - "Mozart, Movies and Musicology"

Andrew Larson

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