Andrew Larson

Andrew Larson

Associate Dean and Professor of Music

I believe we are living in very exciting times, but often challenging times. Music continues to be a stabilizing and unifying force for good wherever it can be shared. I am spreading music in a variety of administrative and artistic ways at this time, and I just have to reflect on how my career has unfolded in such interesting ways that I could have never foreseen years ago. The key is to find joy in the journey and to look for creative ways to tackle each new challenge.

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

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Course Sampling

  • Stetson University Women's Chorale
  • Choral Conducting
  • Choral Methods
  • First Year Seminar "Mozart, Movies and Musicology"

Areas of Expertise

  • Choral conducting
  • Choral adjudication and assessment
  • Vocal pedagogy

Biography

Andrew Larson is associate dean and professor of music. In addition to his administrative role, he conducts the Stetson University Women's Chorale and teaches conducting. He has conducted all the choirs at Stetson for multiple years, mostly recently the Choral Union, and he teaches courses in conducting and choral methods, as well as a First Year Seminar called "Mozart, Movies and Musicology." Larson has studied with Will Kesling, Ronald Staheli, Mack Wilberg, Fred Stoltzfus and Chester Alwes. He has written for the Choral Journal, and is recent past president of Florida ACDA. He has conducted concerts and and worked with honor choirs in eleven states, including county, regional and all-state festivals, and he regularly adjudicates choirs from all over the country and presents at professional conferences of ACDA and FMEA/FVA.
 
As associate dean he oversees many elements of the operation of the School of Music and represents the School to the broader campus community. He has attended numerous regional and national conferences of ACDA, NCCO, and NASM and has worked with curriculum and accreditation, assessment, admissions, advising, faculty development and assignment, and has consulted on various matters of tenure and promotion.
 
The Stetson University Women's Chorale under his direction has premiered many of his compositions and arrangements, including settings for the Stetson Christmas Candlelight Concert series, and What if I a-Walking Went, which was performed at the ACDA Southern Division Conference in March 2014. His choirs have appeared at FMEA, twice at the Florida ACDA conference and twice at the ACDA Southern Division Conferences. Under his direction, the Stetson University Women's Chorale released an album entitled Life's Loveliness (available on iTunes), and the Concert Choir released an album entitled A Candlelight Tradition (available on iTunes), both on the Clear Note label. Both recording projects contain compositions by Larson.
 
His compositions, arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by high school, collegiate, community and church ensembles across the country. His published works appear with Santa Barbara Music under the Jo-Michael Scheibe series, with Hinshaw Music and under the Lorenz label. He recently completed an orchestration commission for Salvator natus est, 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 15 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 in Romanian, 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 vo cal instruction was carried out by Cynthia Dewey and Marta Rigby. He has been a guest chorister four times with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
 
He served two seasons as an artist faculty member at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. 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 local competitions and who have completed doctorates in vocal performance.
 
His professional memberships include the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society, ACDA, NCCO, FMEA/FVA, and CMS. Larson is active in his church, serving as the DeLand, Florida as Stake president over a congregation of nearly 4,000 members. He serves in the Boy Scouts of America, and resides in DeLand with his wife. They have four children, the oldest married and the younger three still at home.

Research

  • Conducting pedagogy
  • Vocal pedagogy
  • Composition for chorus
  • Choral literature
  • College admissions and auditions

Publications

  • (Under Review) Larson, Andrew. "Quella Fiamma," score. 2016. Choral library Stetson University, DeLand, FL.
  • Larson, Andrew. Tenebrae Factae Sunt. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, 2015.
  • Larson, Andrew. Salvator natus est. Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, Inc., 2013.
  • (Under Review) Larson, Andrew. "What if I A-Walking Went," score. 2013. Choral library Stetson University, DeLand, FL.
  • Larson, Andrew. "Audition Advice and Protocol for College-Bound Musicians." Choral Journal 52 (June and July 2012): 47-50.
  • (Under Review) Larson, Andrew. "Without Were Fightings, Within Were Fears," score. 2012. Choral library Stetson University, DeLand, FL.
  • Larson, Andrew. O quam gloriosum. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, 2010.
  • Larson, Andrew. Reuben and Rachel. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Music Publishing, 2009.
  • Larson, Andrew. "Textural Density in the Choral Music of Eric Whitacre." Choral Journal 47 (December 2006): 23-33.