Friday March 11th - 9:45am
HeArtful Collaborations: Combining Visual Arts and Choral Music
As we move into a new season of choral singing, post pandemic, there seems to be an exciting opportunity to engage our returning audiences in creative ways. One type of meaningful, cross-discipline collaboration exists in the possibility of combining visual art and choral music. There is great potential in such projects that encourage audiences and singers to develop rich emotional connections by building creative intersections for different artforms. This session will present a process to organize successful visual art collaborations, will provide artist insights and show examples of artwork from previous projects, and will hopefully embolden conductors to dream of their own visual art collaborations with future concert programming plans.
Brian A. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Graduate Choral Studies at Baylor University where he conducts the Baylor A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. He is also GRAMMY-nominated conductor and Founder/Artistic Director of the South Dakota Chorale, a professional choir based in Sioux Falls, SD where he has grown the ensemble’s artistic presence through commercial recordings and an international recording contract with PENTATONE. Previously Schmidt served at Duke University Chapel where he conducted the Duke Vespers Ensemble. Schmidt completed MM and DMA degrees at the University of North Texas.