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Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University
Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and lecturer. He has had recent conducting engagements at the Sopra Minerva (Rome), American School in Singapore, Canterbury Cathedral (England), Berliner Dom (Germany), Salzburger Dom (Austria), Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Presbyterian Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York), and five performances at the Vatican in the past four years. He is also the Artistic Director for two summer music festivals in Europe. Full Bio.
Dr. Carol Beynon, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Western Ontario; Founding co-artistic director of Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs of London, Ontario
Dr Carol Beynon is the founding co-artistic director of the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs of London, Canada, and is Associate Professor in Music Education at the University of Western Ontario. With the Amabile Boys & Men’s Choirs, she has conducted invited and reviewed performances and recordings for the ICFM World Choral Symposium VI, the American Choral Directors’ Association in Los Angeles, the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and the International Society for Music Education with broadcasts on CBC, BBC, Minnesota Public Radio, Bravo TV and Czech National TV. Full bio.
Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir (Primus), conducted by Carol Beynon and Mark Payne, is known for its deeply sonorous and rich sound that rewards listeners with a strong identity without sacrificing the sound of one uniform voice. Formed in the fall of 2000, Primus involves students and professionals in all walks of life who enjoy the pursuit of the choral art and the camaraderie that develops so naturally in male ensembles. The members act as active mentors to the high school choristers and boys in the treble choirs of the Amabile organization. The men also provide leadership development workshops on a regular basis for music educators, university music education classes, and students in schools, promoting the healthy benefits of being a male singer. In its short history, the choir has achieved an international reputation that places it in a leading position in the world of male choral singing. Primus was thrilled to be invited to perform for choral conductors at two of the world’s largest conferences, the Sixth World Choral Symposium in Minneapolis (2002) and the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Los Angeles (2005). The men have also been honoured to act as choir-in-residence for the 1st World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys in Prague during 2004 and were again invited to co-host the event in the 2008 season. This role provided Primus with the opportunity to showcase a strong Canadian presence on the world stage. Most recently, the choir won the 2013 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, Equal Voice Male Category. Locally, Primus has performed with the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Autorickshaw, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra London, and has been invited to perform at national meetings of Choral Canada (2002, 2006, 2014). The choir was also featured in the CBC Radio 1 documentary, Where Have All the Tenors Gone?