University of Alabama Honor Choir 2018

Sunday October 14th and

Monday October 15th

Dr. Sandra Snow, HS Clinician

Dr. Brandon Williams, MS Clinician


Sunday October 14, 2018 (High School Only on Sunday)

3:30-4:30 pm Registration

4:30-6:00 pm HS Honor Choir Rehearsal (Concert Hall)

6:00-6:45 pm Dinner (provided)

6:45-7:45 pm HS Honor Choir Rehearsal/ Sectionals

7:45-8:00 pm Break

8:00-9:00 pm Special Performance

9:00-9:15 pm Cookie Social

9:15 pm Dismiss for home/ hotel

Monday October 15, 2018 (Middle School and High School)

8:00-8:30 am Middle School Sign-In (Concert Hall Lobby)

8:30-11:30 am MS/HS Honor Choir Rehearsal

10:00-10:50 am Interest Session for Teachers

11:15-11:30 am Scholarship Auditions

11:30 am-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 pm MS/HS Honor Choir Rehearsal

2:05-2:50 pm Voice Mini-Recital, University Singers Perform, Organ Demo

2:50-3:00 pm Break

3:00-4:00 pm MS/HS Honor Choir Rehearsal

3:00-3:50 pm Interest Session for Teachers

4:00-4:45 pm MS and HS Combined Rehearsal (Concert Hall)

4:45-6:30 pm Change to Concert Attire & Dinner (on your own)

6:30 pm Gather and Line Up

6:50 pm Move to Concert Hall

7:00-8:15 pm Concert


Register at this Link


Dr. Sandra Snow, High School Clinician

As conductor, teacher, and scholar, Sandra Snow’s work spans a wide variety of ages, abilities, and musics. She holds appointments in conducting and music education at the Michigan State University College of Music where she interacts with undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting, choral pedagogy, and choral singing. Snow conducts the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble, a group that has appeared as featured performers at American Choral Directors Association conferences (Central Division 2014; National Conference 2009; Central Division 2008; MI-ACDA 2007). As guest conductor, she travels extensively conducting all-state and honor choirs and holding residencies with singers of all ages.

In 2017, Snow conducted inaugural performances and recordings of mirabai. A twenty-eight voice professional level women’s ensemble, mirabai is a resident ensemble in the College of Music at MSU. Singers in mirabai are professionals in a variety of music-related careers including music educators in schools and universities, as professional singers, all of whom sang as undergraduate or graduate students in the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble.

Prior to joining the MSU faculty, Dr. Snow served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University, and as music director of the Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (Anima). Snow holds a Ph.D. music education with a choral cognate from MSU. She is author of the DVD “Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success” published by GIA (2009), a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. She edits the choral music series In High Voice published by Boosey & Hawkes. Snow is the newly named Director of the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education, founded by Founding Director Dr. Doreen Rao, and produced at MSU.

She is a recipient of the MSU William J. Beal Award for Outstanding Faculty, the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Dortha J. and John D. Withrow award for Excellence in Teaching.


Dr. Brandon Williams, Middle School Clinician

Dr. Brandon Williams is an assistant professor of choral music and choral music education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He conducts the Voorhees Choir and teaches a variety of courses related to choral music education. Williams appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, and presenter throughout the country. He was most recently featured in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and West Virginia.

As a secondary vocal music educator, Williams amassed a decade of middle and high school teaching experience in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also served as a conductor with the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, the St. Louis Children’s Choirs, and as an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University. His school ensembles received invitations to perform at the 2010 and 2013 Missouri Music Educators Association conventions, and his middle school students were featured on the GIA DVD titled “How to Make A Good Choir Sound Great!” Williams was awarded the 2009 Missouri Choral Directors Association Prelude Award for excellence in choral music, an Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia Honors College, and was a graduate level Semi-Finalist in the 2015 ACDA National Student Conducting Competition.

Williams holds degrees from Western Illinois University (BA), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (MME), and Michigan State University (DMA), where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship Award. He also earned an Artist Teacher Diploma from the Choral Music Experience: Institute for Choral Teacher Education. His conducting teachers include Dr. Chet Alwes, Dr. Joe Grant, Dr. Doreen Rao, Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed, Dr. Sandra Snow and Dr. James Stegall.

As a composer and arranger, Williams is published with Hal Leonard in the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series and with G. Schirmer in the Andrea Ramsey Choral Series. His research interests include the retention and attrition of middle-level vocal music teachers, the intersection of music and identity, and choral music as social justice, specifically in the William Grant Still choral orchestral cantata And They Lynched Him On A Tree (1940). His articles on choral pedagogy are published in the Choral Journal. Williams is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and the National Association for Music Education.