Southern Division Conference
NC ACDA Fall Conference 2016
Dates: October 7-8, 2016
Location: UNC Charlotte
Guest Clinician: Heather J. Buchanan
Australian-born conductor Heather J. Buchanan, PhD, is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University (MSU) where she conducts choral ensembles ranging in size from 24 to 175 voices. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their "heartfelt conviction," "grace and precision," "vibrant sound," and for singing with the "crispness and dexterity of a professional choir." During her tenure at MSU, her choirs have collaborated with a variety of renowned artists and composers including Meredith Monk, Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC), members of the Vienna Philharmonic strings, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Chen Yi, Robert Livingston Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Robert Cohen, Micheal OSuilleabhain, Tarik O'Regan, and conductors Neeme Jarvi, Jacques Lacombe, John Maucceri, and Susie Benchasil Seiter with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). Dr. Buchanan's choral-orchestral masterwork collaborations with the NJSO include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Verdi's Messa da Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mahler Symphony No. 3, Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and Howard Shore's Academy Award winning The Lord of the Rings Symphony, with Handel's Messiah in December 2016 for the 3rd successive season. Commercially produced recordings include the Grammy nominated Songs of Ascension with Meredith Monk on the prestigious ECM label under legendary producer Manfred Eicher (May 2011), and Verdi Requiem and Orff's Carmina Burana with the MSU Chorale and NJSO (Jacques Lacombe conductor). 2016-17 guest engagements include a Britten collaboration with RADC for the internationally renowned NYC Dance Festival, conducting the Passion of Italy (KI Concerts) in Rome, and headlining the Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training Summer School (Melbourne). A licensed Andover Educator Dr. Buchanan specializes in the teaching of Body Mapping, a neuro-anatomical educational technique that trains musicians to attain freedom of expression through effective movement. A vibrant teacher, dynamic performer, and passionate musicians' health advocate, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor, somatic educator, and choral clinician in the US and abroad.