Dr. Andrew Minear is Assistant Professor in Choral Studies and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he leads the university choirs, oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature.
With over one hundred appearances across eleven states, Dr. Minear is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter. Recent or upcoming engagements include all-state choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His scholarly interests include choral literature and programming, community building in choral ensembles, and emotional response to music. He has twice directed the high school choir at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and conducted the Florida Ambassadors of Music on performance tours of Europe. Dr. Minear’s dedication to students and passion for expressive music-making have been cultivated through teaching experiences in children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, and collegiate choral settings.
During his doctoral studies in choral conducting at Michigan State University, Andrew Minear 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, an award granted annually to just 20 graduate students across all academic disciplines on a campus boasting over 11,000 masters and doctoral students. 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 6 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. Cora Bella, the advanced women’s choir, performed to acclaim at State (2011), Southern Division (2012), and National (2013) Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. The Concert Choir performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Minear had over 180 students selected for All-State and ACDA Honor Choirs.
Dr. Minear holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the College Music Society, the International Federation of Choral Music, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the National Association for Music Education. He currently serves as the Alabama ACDA Repertoire and Resources officer for College and University Choirs and coordinates the ALACDA Collegiate Choral Festival. In the past he served as the Student Membership Supervisor for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, the Florida ACDA R & S Chair for Senior High Choirs, Women’s Choirs, and Children’s Choirs, and District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association. He coordinated district and state honor choirs, and served on the Orange County Choral Leadership and Curriculum Writing Teams. A proponent of lifelong singing, in 2014 Minear founded the Keep Singing Project, a service that connects graduating high school chorus seniors with choral organizations in their community or at their chosen college or university.
Dr. Minear has attended conducting workshops with Rodney Eichenberger, and this summer will participate in masterclasses with Simon Halsey and Helmuth Rilling at the World Symposium of Choral Music in Barcelona. He was recently recognized as a finalist for the 2015 American Prize in Conducting. 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.