AKS 2016 Featured Clinician: Dr Alec Schumacker (USA)
Topics by Dr Schumacker @ AKS 2016
- How To Teach and Arrange Pop Music to Choirs of Any Ability Level
Dr Alec Schumacker is presently a Lecturer in Music at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he teaches the University Chorus, and Choral Director at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, where he teaches four curricular choirs and a music history course. A dedicated member of his profession, Alec is currently the president-elect of the American Choral Directors Association, Hawai’i-Chapter. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami, where he was the co-conductor of the University of Miami Maelstrom Men’s Ensemble and taught undergraduate courses in choral conducting and aural skills. A Cum Laude graduate with Highest Honors in Music from Williams College, he has conducted in prestigious venues around the world including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He was previously the interim director of the Master Chorale of South Florida, where he prepared the chorus for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and Andrea Bocelli.
An award-winning composer, Alec’s choral music is published by Alliance Music Publications.His works and arrangements have been performed around the country by prestigious groups such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the New World Symphony, the Amphion Men’s Ensemble, the Symphony of the Americas, the University of Delaware Chorale, the Frost Chorale, the Arkansas All-State Women’s Chorus, the Illinois All-State Honor Choir, the Hawai’i All-State Chorus, and even at the NFL’s Pro Bowl. His doctoral dissertation, Incorporating Popular Music into the Choral Classroom, provides a guide on arranging popular music for choirs of any ability level.