Andrew Minear, D.M.A.

With appearances across the United States, Dr. Andrew Minear is an active conductor, music educator, choral clinician, adjudicator, and conference presenter. Recent or upcoming engagements include the National Concert Chorus in Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Oratorio Festival in South Korea, Music and Worship Arts weeks in Lake Junaluska and Montreat, and all-state choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina. He has conducted multiple summers at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and led the Florida Ambassadors of Music on performance tours of Europe.

Dr. Andrew Minear’s dedication to students and passion for expressive music-making have been cultivated through two decades of experience in children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional choral settings. Recently moving back to his hometown of Orlando, Florida, Dr. Minear is now the Head Choral Director at Freedom High School and the Artistic and Executive Director of Orlando Sings (inaugural performances 2021).

Previously, Dr. Minear was the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he conducted University Singers and University Chorus, oversaw the graduate choral conducting program, and taught courses in conducting and choral literature. The UA University Singers performed at the 2018 Alabama Music Educators Association conference, and performances of major works included Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Bach’s Missa Brevis in A, Mozart’s Requiem, and the southeastern premier of Jocelyn Hagen’s multi-media symphony, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama, Minear pursued a doctorate degree in choral conducting at Michigan State University. He served as the director of the MSU Campus Choir and assistant director of the MSU Men’s Glee Club. Under his leadership, the Campus Choir increased in size to over eighty singers and performed their first choral-orchestral work, Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances, with the MSU Concert Orchestra. Michigan State University named Minear a University Distinguished Fellow, and his doctoral project was a study of Graduate Choral Literature Curricula and Pedagogy.

Over the course of a twelve-year career in the Orlando-area public schools, Andrew Minear taught middle school and high school Chorus, Music History, Keyboard, Musical Theater, and AP Music Theory. During his six years as Choral Director at Dr. Phillips High School, home of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet for Orange County Public Schools, the Chorus Department grew from 100 to over 240 singers. The DPHS Concert Choir performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Minear’s students were selected over 180 times for All-State and ACDA Honor Choirs. Cora Bella, the advanced SSAA choir, performed to acclaim at State (2011), Southern Division (2012), and National (2013) Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.

He holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, the International Federation of Choral Music, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the National Association for Music Education, and the Royal School of Church Music. He has served as Associate Editor of The Choral Scholar, the Journal of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and on the boards of Alabama ACDA, Florida ACDA, the Florida Vocal Association, and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.

Dr. Minear has attended conducting workshops with Rodney Eichenberger, Simon Halsey and Helmuth Rilling; and he was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 American Prize in Conducting. Broadening his skillset, he recently completed the Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management certificate program through the University of Central Florida. Dr. Minear received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. Sandra Snow. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Florida State University where he studied with Dr. Judy Bowers, Dr. Kevin Fenton, and Dr. André Thomas.

For choral music resources, or to be in touch, visit www.andrewminear.com.


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Abbreviated Bio #1 of 4 (388 words)

With appearances across the United States, Dr. Andrew Minear is an active conductor, music educator, choral clinician, adjudicator, and conference presenter. Recent or upcoming conducting engagements include the National Concert Chorus in Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Oratorio Festival in South Korea, Music and Worship Arts weeks in Lake Junaluska and Montreat, and all-state choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina. He has conducted multiple summers at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and led the Florida Ambassadors of Music on performance tours of Europe.

Dr. Andrew Minear’s dedication to students and passion for expressive music-making have been cultivated through two decades of experience in children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional choral settings. Recently moving back to his hometown of Orlando, Florida, Dr. Minear is now the Head Choral Director at Freedom High School and the Artistic and Executive Director of Orlando Sings (inaugural performances 2021).

Previously, Dr. Minear served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he led the university choirs, oversaw the graduate choral conducting program, and taught courses in conducting and choral literature. Prior to his time in Alabama, Minear pursued a doctorate degree in choral conducting at Michigan State University where he served as the director of the MSU Campus Choir and assistant director of the MSU Men’s Glee Club. Michigan State University named Minear a University Distinguished Fellow. Before going to MSU and during his tenure as Choral Director at Dr. Phillips High School, home of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, the DPHS Concert Choir performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Minear’s students were selected over 180 times for All-State and ACDA Honor Choirs. Cora Bella, the advanced SSAA choir, performed to acclaim at State (2011), Southern Division (2012), and National (2013) Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Minear received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Jonathan Reed, and Dr. Sandra Snow. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Florida State University where he studied with Dr. Judy Bowers, Dr. Kevin Fenton, and Dr. André Thomas.

For choral music resources, or to be in touch, visit www.andrewminear.com.

Abbreviated Bio #2 of 4 (307 words)

With appearances across the United States, Dr. Andrew Minear is an active conductor, music educator, choral clinician, adjudicator, and conference presenter. Recent or upcoming conducting engagements include the National Concert Chorus in Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Oratorio Festival in South Korea, Music and Worship Arts weeks in Lake Junaluska and Montreat, and all-state choirs in seven states. Dr. Minear’s dedication to students and passion for expressive music-making have been cultivated through two decades of experience in children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional choral settings.

Recently moving back to his hometown of Orlando, Florida, Dr. Minear is now the Head Choral Director at Freedom High School and the Artistic and Executive Director of Orlando Sings (inaugural performances 2021). Previously, Dr. Minear served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he led the university choirs, oversaw the graduate choral conducting program, and taught courses in conducting and choral literature. Prior to his time in Alabama, Minear pursued a doctorate degree in choral conducting at Michigan State University where he served as the director of the MSU Campus Choir and assistant director of the MSU Men’s Glee Club. Before going to MSU and during his tenure as Choral Director at Dr. Phillips High School, home of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, the DPHS Concert Choir performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Minear’s students were selected over 180 times for All-State and ACDA Honor Choirs. Cora Bella, the advanced SSAA choir, performed to acclaim at State (2011), Southern Division (2012), and National (2013) Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Minear received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education from Florida State University. Visit www.andrewminear.com.

Abbreviated Bio #3 of 4 (174 words)

With appearances across the USA, Dr. Andrew Minear is an active conductor, music educator, and presenter. His conducting experience includes children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional choral settings. Dr. Minear is the Head Choral Director at Freedom High School in Orlando and the Artistic Director of Orlando Sings. He previously served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he led the choirs, oversaw the graduate choral conducting program, and taught courses in conducting and choral literature. Earlier, he taught at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando when Cora Bella (SSAA) performed for State, Division, and National Conferences of ACDA.

Recent or upcoming conducting engagements include the National Concert Chorus in Carnegie Hall, the Seoul Oratorio Festival in South Korea, Music and Worship Arts weeks in Lake Junaluska and Montreat, and all-state choirs in seven states. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University and Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Florida State University.

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With appearances across the USA, Dr. Andrew Minear is an active conductor, music educator, choral clinician, adjudicator, and presenter. His conducting experience includes children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, collegiate, and professional choral settings. Dr. Minear is currently the Head Choral Director at Freedom High School in Orlando and the Artistic Director of Orlando Sings. He previously served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama and earlier taught at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando when Cora Bella (SSAA) performed for State, Division, and National Conferences of ACDA. Visit www.andrewminear.com.