This Appleton Historical Society presentation was given by Appleton Boychoir Artistic Director, Dr. Kevin Meidl. According to the Appleton Boychoir, Dr. Meidl “is music department chair and director of choirs at Appleton West High School and a founding director of the Renaissance School for the Arts. In addition, he is founder and principal conductor of the Badger State Girl Choir. He is past president of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association, and past president of the North Central American Choral Directors Association where he was responsible for the professional development of choral directors across the upper Midwest. He has studied conducting with Constantina Tsolainu, Kate Tamarkin, Robert Harris and John Paynter. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a doctor of musical arts degree from Boston University.”
The Appleton Boychoir also notes that “choirs under Dr. Meidl’s direction have performed for fourteen state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, the American Guild of Organists, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses, the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Pamiro Opera Company, and the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. The Badger State Girl Choir presented a solo concert in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall in April of 2014 for a nearly full house. Under his direction, the Appleton Boychoir performed in the renowned Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the historic Sheldon Theatre in St. Louis, and many other major venues around the world. His choirs have recorded a dozen albums including five with Delta Records and one produced and directed by Gunther Schuller featuring the music of Alec Wilder. They have performed in over thirty countries around the world; for the 50th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France and for Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.”
Make sure you watch his very interesting and entertaining video presentation!
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