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The Ensemble

 John H. Dickson – Artistic Director      

John Dickson is Professor Emeritus and former Director of Choral Studies at Louisiana State University’s School of Music.  Holding the School of Music’s first Chair as the Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education, he conducted the A Cappella Choir and supervised the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting.  Recently retired after forty-four years of collegiate teaching, he continues his conducting through workshops and festivals, and as the founding artistic director and conductor of Coro Vocati, one of Atlanta’s most accomplished professional chamber choirs.  He also serves as one of the principal guest artists for KI Concerts.

As a conducting pedagogue, he has presented masterclasses before the Association of British Choral Directors, the American Choral Directors Association, the Royal Northern Music Conservatory (Mancester), and the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow.  He has conducted festivals and workshops in England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the U. S.  For three decades his choirs have been featured at conventions of the ACDA, ABCD, Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

Appointed as a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1992, Dr. Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir; a second post-doctoral fellowship in 1998 allowed him to serve as principal rehearsal conductor under musical director David Hill.  For his summer conducting institutes Dr. Dickson has co-directed with British friends and colleagues Stephen Cleobury, David Hill and Bob Chilcott.  He is the Founding Director of the C. S. Lewis Choral Institute, featuring a professional chorus for its triennial symposium in Oxford and Cambridge.  He holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from The University of Texas, at Austin, the M.M. degree in musicology from Baylor University, and has done post-doctoral study at Cambridge University, Cambridge.

 

Jonathan Crutchfield – Collaborative Pianist

Jonathan Crutchfield is pleased to join Coro Vocati as their collaborative pianist. He received degrees from Southern Wesleyan University (BA – piano performance); Florida State University (MM – choral conducting); and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (DMA – choral conducting). Dr. Crutchfield has served four University music faculties: Southern Wesleyan University, Central (SC); University of Alabama at Huntsville; Indiana University, Southeast, New Albany; and Queens University, Charlotte (NC). He co-founded and directed the School of Fine Arts in Chattanooga (TN) from 1996-2002. Since 2013, Jonathan has taught music in South Africa under the auspices of the International Partnership for Choral Music Education (IPCME).

He has accompanied choirs and individuals as a collaborative pianist/organist in 7 countries, including the United States. He has served churches as a full- or part-time musician for 39 years and is a published composer of organ, brass, and choral music. Jonathan currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Former and/or Substitute Personnel

Matthew Neylon, Amy Chastain, Kati Stewart, Katie Woolf, Anna Ulrich, Jason Maynard, Chris Walters, Cain-Oscar Bergeron, John Newsome, Taylor Greer, Taylor Conley, Alan Roberts, Jonathan Pilkington, Christina Casey, Erin McCollum, Adam Kissel, Alicia Walker, Amy Foster, Blaire Lynch, Carol Goff, Celia Jacobs Shore, Christopher Patton, Chris Rosborough, Christa Joy Chase, Colin Porter, Heather Witt, Karen Lupton, Kristen Reisig, Kyle Wheatley, Lauren Larson Larkin, Melanie Cross Buckner, Michael Arens, Nancy Mize Johnston, Owen Mathews, Phillip Shoultz, Reggie Garrett, Renee Wilson-Wicker, Robert Bolyard, Sarah Ward, Scott Martin, Shawn Keswani, Steve Rotz, Taylor Johnson, Tim Gunter, Virginia Boaz, Ana Baida, Charlie Boone, Rich Kosowski.

Administrative Staff

David Daly, Managing Director
Alison Mann, Chorus Manager

Board of Directors

Steve Ozcomert, chair
Edward Ball
Rebekah Cheney
Mike Henry
Alex Masten
David McAlister
Jacques Mebius
Bill Pilon
Fred Schwartz