2017 Composer Festival
Featuring Andrea Ramsey
Saturday, November 11
Rehearse from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Concert at 7:30 p.m. Birmingham Campus.
Singers and Conductors from around Metropolitan Detroit join together each year for a day of great music making while exploring the music of a leading composer. This year’s festival will feature the compositions of Andrea Ramsey. Dr. Ramsey is a composer, conductor, and music educator. Her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to frequent guest conducting of all-state and honor choirs, to her current position as the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, Andrea has over 70 published choral works in print. A native of Arkansas, she is an active member of ACDA, ASCAP, and NAfMe, and believes strongly in the positive impact created through the performance of meaningful choral music.
• I See the Heaven’s Glories Shine
• Psalm of Hope
• There Has to be a Song
• Ave Verum Corpus
• Create in Me a Clean Heart
• Through the Dark
• Cover Me With the Night
• The Soul’s Own Speech
The Day’s Schedule:
8:30 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Rehearsals, Lunch, more Rehearsal
7:00 pm Concert Warm-up
7:30 pm Concert
8:30 pm Reception
Registration Fee: $20
Repertoire Packet: $20
REGISTRATION DEADLINE ~ OCTOBER 31, 2017
The fine print: All participants must have original music, no photocopies will be permitted. Also, there will be no refunds for music once the music is mailed, and no refunds for registration or lunch unless we receive the cancellation by Monday, October 30. Registration will close October 30 or when we reach 140 participants.
Biography: Andrea Ramsey
Composer, conductor, and scholar, Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys working with singers of all ages and abilities. Currently, she is on faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, as Assistant Professor of Conducting and Associate Director of Choral Studies.
Dr. Ramsey enjoys guest conducting opportunities with all-state choirs, and has also conducted honor choirs for divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Additionally, she serves as principal conductor for the Pacific International Young Women’s Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon.
An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, she has approximately 90 published choral works in print with traditional publishers such as Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Colla Voce, G. Schirmer, GIA, Pavane, Santa Barbara and Walton. She is also venturing into digital publishing via web-based music marketplace, www.musicspoke.com A composer with a teacher’s heart, Dr. Ramsey enjoys collaborating with choirs through residencies. She maintains close ties as composer-inresidence for the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, and has also enjoyed residencies at Ithaca College, and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.
As a scholar, Dr. Ramsey has presented for state, divisional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and also at the 6th Annual Symposium on Sociology in Music Education, as well as The Phenomenon Singing Symposium in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. An active member of ACDA, CMS, and ASCAP, she believes strongly in the positive impact created through rehearsing and performing meaningful choral music.