Spirited Conversations: Behind the Scores featuring conductor, professor, and composer, Jason Max Ferdinand
Join us Monday, September 20 at 12 pm ET for the next live broadcast of Spirited Conversations: Behind the Scores. Eavesdrop on Atlanta Master Chorale Artistic Director Eric Nelson and the renowned conductor, professor, composer, and speaker whose choir “broke the ACDA”, Jason Max Ferdinand.
Spirited Conversations continues with a lively discussion with Jason Max Ferdinand, conductor, professor, and composer who is the director of the Aeolians and the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers.
The Aeolians of Oakwood University is known as one of the finest choirs in the nation, and our discussion will include what it is like to lead such a prestigious ensemble and the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the choral arts. Jason also recently launched The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers and he will give us an inside look at what is involved in getting a professional ensemble off the ground.
One of America’s finest young conductors, Jason Max Ferdinand is the director of choral activities, professor, and music department chair at Oakwood University, and founding artistic director of The Jason Max Ferdinand Singers (founded in 2021). As director of the Aeolians of Oakwood University, as evidenced by noteworthy awards, he has distinguished himself on the national and international choral stages. In 2017, he earned the Outstanding Director and Choir of the World awards at the Llangollen International Musical Festival, in Wales. In 2018, his choir won three gold medals at the 10th World Choir Games held in South Africa and won the competition’s overall championship in both the Spirituals and University Choir categories. The Aeolians made their first appearance at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national conference in 2019 and the term “they broke ACDA” was used to describe their outstanding presentation.
He is a published composer with GIA publications and is exhilarated about his new choral series with Walton Music. In 2018, he was named “Teacher of the Year” by Oakwood University. Teaching With Heart is a new book released by Ferdinand and is a useful choral compendium for all choral directors. Ferdinand holds non-terminal degrees from Oakwood University, Morgan State University, and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Maryland.
This will be a live virtual interview, and guests will have an opportunity for Q&A following the session. The event is free to attend, but we are accepting donations to cover the costs of our Virtual Concert Hall programming. Your gift helps ensure that we can continue sharing music that touches the spirit.
Space is limited, so register today to claim your spot!