NC Sings 2023

Saturday, October 14th, 2023 at Duke Chapel


Meet the Directors!

Vincent Oakes is entering his twentieth year as Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, a music education and performance organization founded in 1954 which now includes over 120 choristers ages 8‐18 in five ensembles. Including innovative performance opportunities and collaborative community initiatives, the CBC maintains a performance calendar of thirty appearances annually, as well as a technology‐based music education and choral musicianship curriculum for its participants. The choir has performed and toured extensively under Mr. Oakes' direction, including performance tours to Europe, Canada, and Cuba, as well as significant domestic appearances at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, St. Louis Cathedral Duke University Chapel, and Carnegie Hall. The CBC represented the United States at the Festival Internacional de Coros por la Paz in Costa Rica in June 2019 and was the first American children’s choir to perform in Cuba in nearly half a century in their 2013 performance tour to Havana. Recording opportunities for the CBC have included commercially released recordings with Stephen Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns, and the GRAMMY‐ nominated NAXOS recording of Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  

Since 2006, Mr. Oakes has also been the Director of Choral Music at The Baylor School, a grade 6‐12 independent day and boarding college preparatory school in Chattanooga. Under his direction, the choral program has more than tripled in size to include over 200 participants in four student choirs and a faculty choir. He was awarded Baylor's Glenn Ireland Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 2015 and appointed Chair of Baylor’s Department of Fine & Performing Arts in 2019.  

His professional involvement and leadership in the American Choral Directors Association includes service as President of ACDA’s eleven‐state Southern Region (2019‐2021) and to the Tennessee chapter as newsletter editor, webmaster, state conference chair, and President (2013‐2015). His term as President and Conference Chair of the 2020 Southern Region conference were highlighted by a tribute choir to choral traditions of Historically Black Colleges & Universities, the inaugural Children’s Festival Choir (an assemblage of regional community choirs performing choral‐orchestral pieces and works by regional composers), and Cantaré, a festival of Latin and Central American choral traditions. Additional service to ACDA’s Southern Region includes Repertoire & Resources Chair for Boychoirs (2006‐2012), High School Honor Choir Chair (2010, 2012), Local Conference Arrangements (2016), and as interest session presenter on working with the adolescent singing voice and teaching choral literacy and musicianship in the choral rehearsal. In 2012, he was selected as one of seven conductors representing the United States at the inaugural ACDA International Conductor Exchange Program in Cuba and has been a contributing author to ACDA’s Choral Journal and ChorTeach.  

In 2021, Oakes was the recipient of the Belz‐Lipman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. He was nominated for the award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga for collaborative work with the JFGC and the Chattanooga Boys Choir in commemorating Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), as well as for the use of Facing History and Ourselves curriculum, The Sound of Hope, and other resources when teaching about poetic, musical and artistic expression from the Holocaust in the music curriculum at Baylor School.  

As a conductor/clinician, Oakes has conducted numerous honor choirs and festivals throughout the United States, including recent ACDA honor choirs in Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, South Dakota, Nevada, and Florida, as well as regional honor choirs in ACDA’s Western and North Central divisions. Additional recent conducting engagements have included the Bangkok International Choral Festival, the North Carolina Summer Institute for Choral Arts, and the VOCALIZZE Choral Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. A lifelong advocate for music in worship, he has served churches in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee and as a clinician/conductor for children and youth choirs at Lake Junaluska, Massanetta Springs, and Montreat church music conferences.  

Mr. Oakes earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and the Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from Emory University. He has contributed articles to Choral Journal and chapters in the textbooks Choral Pedagogy (3rd edition) by Robert Sataloff and Brenda Smith and Class Voice: Fundamental Skills for Lifelong Singing by Ron Burrichter and Brenda Smith. An advocate for choral and community partnerships, Mr. Oakes has founded several initiatives in the Tennessee Valley region, including the Only Men Aloud! Men’s Chorus festival, a biennial ecumenical community hymn festival, and the SafetySing music project for preschool‐aged children. In 2014, he started the Tennessee Valley Voices, a choir comprised of Tennessee Valley-area arts teachers to raise awareness of the importance of music and arts education. 

Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral  Activities at University of Central Florida  in  Orlando, Florida, has led his choirs in  performances at state, regional, and national  conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA). West Orange choirs have  earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals  of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and  at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington  D.C. While participating in the International  Music Festival in Verona, Italy, West Orange  received the Gold Award for best choir, with  Dr. Redding honored as top director. 

Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest  conductor and lecturer. He has conducted the  ACDA National High School Honor Choir,  the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the  North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir,  the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir  and All-State and Honor choirs in Alabama,  Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, South  Dakota, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana,  Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota,  Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island,  South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia,  Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  In 2014, he was the only American adjudicator  at the International Choral Festival, Verona,  Italy and most recently, he conducted at the  TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman.  He is also one of the conductors for Disney’s  Candlelight Processional at Epcot.  

Previously Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, FL, and West Virginia University (WVU), Dr. Redding  has been featured as guest conductor at  Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy  Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous  occasions. He was also honored to give the  prestigious TEDx Talk. 

Recognized for his achievements and service  in the profession, Dr. Redding was awarded  the R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished  Service Award for dedicated service,  leadership, and excellence by the Florida  Chapter of ACDA in November 2015 and was  also a 2017 Quarterfinalist for a Grammy  Award for Music Education. 

Dr. Redding is founder and Artistic Director  of the Garden Community Choir in Winter  Garden, Florida. Formerly with the Moses  Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer  in the professional male singing group,  “Brethren.” The Jeffery Redding Passion and  Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new  choral music by various composers, published  by Colla Voce Music, Inc. 

Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral  Conducting/Music Education and a Master  of Music Education, both from the Florida  State University, and a B.S. in Music  Education from Florida A&M University. He  is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS,  and Chorus America. In the Florida Vocal  Association (FVA) he has served as District  8 Chairperson. In the Florida ACDA, he has  served as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/ Multicultural Affairs, Co-Chair for the High  School Mixed Honor Choir, and Youth/ Student Activities. Currently, he is the State  R&R Chair for High School Mixed Choir for  Florida ACDA.