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18 August 2016 1:10pm

The LSU A Cappella Choir has achieved international prominence through performances in many of the world's most prestigious venues. Highlights from their six previous European tours include high mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City, as well as invitational performances at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Mendelssohn Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig.

In August of 2016, the A Cappella Choir will embark on its seventh European tour by invitation of the Association of British Choral Directors for performances at the ABCD's 31st Annual Convention in Winchester. Engagements include an opening concert in Winchester Cathedral, a performance in the Gala Concert of World Choirs, and service as a demonstration choir for various conducting master classes. Prior to the conference, the choir will sing Evensong services for St. Paul's Cathedral in London and for the Royal Chapel of St. George's in Windsor, as well as concerts at Ely Cathedral in Ely and St. John's College at Cambridge University.

In recent history, various members of the A Cappella Choir have been named Rhodes Scholars and Fulbright Scholars. Twice, a member of A Cappella Choir was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City. Also, graduates of the ensemble hold teaching positions at all levels of education in more than half of the states in the U.S.A. as well as abroad.

Upon return from England, the A Cappella Choir will focus on preliminary preparations to host the Seventh National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, which will be hosted at Louisiana State University in the fall of 2017.

John H. Dickson is the Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education and Stephanie Landry Barineau Professor of Choral Music at Louisiana State University's School of Music. As Director of Choral Studies he conducts the A Cappella Choir and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting. Outside of academia, he is the conductor of Coro Vocati, one of Atlanta's most accomplished professional chamber choirs.

As a conducting pedagogue, Dr. Dickson has presented master-classes before the Association of British Choral Directors and the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow. He has conducted festivals and workshops in England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, France, and Canada. For three decades his choirs have been featured at state, regional, and national ACDA conventions, and he has conducted All-State choruses and workshops throughout the U.S.

Appointed as a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1992, Dr. Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir; a second post-doctoral fellowship in 1998 allowed him to serve as David Hill's assistant conductor. He is the Founding Director of the C. S. Lewis Choral Institute, featuring a professional chorus for its triennial symposium in Oxford and Cambridge.

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