Andrew Minear, D.M.A.
Conductor, Music Educator, and Choir Leader
Passionate about the power of choral music to build community and transform lives.
Music is exhilarating and transcendent. In community with others, we journey into an extraordinary realm where we unify body, mind, and spirit.
The awesome power of choral music helps us to experience deep human connection and to become more fully ourselves.
With musicians of all ages in educational, church, community, and professional settings, I have dedicated my life as a conductor to sharing the profound joy of singing and playing together.
“The purpose of a chorus is to seek and, if possible, establish community on a plane of exalted intellect and emotion.”– Robert Shaw
My 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.
With appearances across the United States, I am an active conductor, music educator, non-profit leader, choral clinician, adjudicator, and conference presenter. I enjoy musical interactions with singers of all ages and experience levels.
I hold 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. I have 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.
My academic interests include Choral Literature, Concert Programming, and Conducting Pedagogy. My doctoral study was on Graduate Choral Literature Curricula and Pedagogy. Presentation topics include Choral Rehearsal Strategy, Concert Programming, Conducting Technique, Historical Composers and Genres of Choral Music, Movement in the Choral Rehearsal, Vocal Tone and Technique (e.g. breathing, resonance); as well as heartfelt philosophical explorations of what it is all about: human connection and the profound joy of singing together.