Dr. 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 serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities.He will conduct the Stetson Women’s Choraleand the Stetson Men while continuing to teach choral conducting and choral methods. 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. His choirs have appeared at FMEA and the Florida ACDA conference. The Stetson Women’s Chorale under his direction has performed at the 2007 FLACDA and 2010 ACDA Southern Division Conference in Memphis, TN. As part of the latter program his setting of O quam gloriosumreceived it’s national premier. Under his direction as Interim Director of Choral Activities he Concert Choir performed at the 2010 FLACDAconference, released a Compact Disc entitled “A Candlelight Tradition” on the ClearNote Label (see also iTunes, Naxos, etc.) featuring Salvator natus est by Larson, and maintained two busy performing seasons, including one tour and other premier performances of compositions by Larson. He has conducted honor choirs and festivals in 7 states, and regularly adjudicates choirs from all over the country.
He has filled conducting engagements in South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Utah, Florida, Virginia, and he has been on the faculty at the New York State Summer School of the Arts since 2007. In Utah, he conducted the Madrigal Singers at Logan High School, the BYU Women’s chorus, and the Wasatch Chorale. His compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony and Chorus, the Chicago Children’s Chorus, the Utah Valley Choral Society, USU Chamber Singers, the Utah Chamber Orchestra on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, the Stetson Singers, the Stetson University Concert Choir, the Stetson Chorale, Musica Reservata, and numerous other ensembles. His published works appear with Santa Barbara Music under the Jo-Michael Scheibe series, also under the Lorenz label.
As a pianist he has accompanied soloists and choruses at USU and Stetson. He has been a church organist since the age of 12. Larson catalogued over 5000 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 7 years.
A native of Richmond, Utah, Larson sang with his parents and six siblings across the U.S. in numerous performances. 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, 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. Other teachers have included Cynthia Dewey and Marta Johns. 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 produced singers who performed leading operatic roles in the Stetson Opera Theater, won competitions, and who have been accepted in graduate school for vocal performance.
Professional memberships include the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society, ACDA, NCCO, and FMEA, NATS. Dr. Larson is active in his church and community, residing in DeLand with his wife and four children..