Associate Professor of Choral Studies, Associate Director of Choral Activities
Since Fall 2013 Andrew Larson has conducted the Stetson 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 conductors, composers, and scholars such as 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 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 ACDA Southern Division Conference in Memphis. The Stetson Women's Chorale also recently released a CD titled "Life's Loveliness" (Click Here to Read More) and the Concert Choir under his direction released a CD "A Candlelight Tradition," both on the Clear Note label. Both recordings projects contain compositions by Larson. He is currently president elect of Florida ACDA.
His published compositions, arrangements and orchestrations have appeared 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 Larson conducted the Madrigal Singers at Logan High School, the BYU Women's chorus and the Wasatch Chorale. Larson catalogued 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.
After living two years in Eastern Europe and serving as a professional interpreter/translator, Larson 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 and 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 has taught voice at Parkland College in Illinois and for the USU extension program. 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.
- D.M.A., University of Illinois
- M.M., Brigham Young University
- B.M., Utah State University
- Phone: 386-822-8971