Dr. Matthew Ferrell is professor of music at St. Cloud State University. In this position he conducts the SCSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches courses in conducting and musicianship. Prior to his appointment at SCSU, he served as Director of Choral Activities at Brooklyn College, Conservatory of Music and previously taught high school choir in New Lebanon, NY. As Associate Conductor of the Master Chorale of South Florida, Dr. Ferrell assisted in the preparation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Cleveland Orchestra and conducted the Boca Raton Symphonia in several performances.
Under Dr. Ferrell’s direction, the St. Cloud State University Concert Choir has performed at multiple state and divisional conferences, and has toured internationally to Ireland and South Africa. Dr. Ferrell maintains an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor for choral festivals and conferences in Minnesota and around the country. He is an active member of several professional organizations, and serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and Associate Editor and Chair for the NCCO Choral Music Series.
Dr. Ferrell has been awarded conducting fellowships through prominent institutions, and was recently selected as one of six conductors nationally to represent the U.S. in a conductor exchange with South Korea. Through these organizations and other master classes he has studied under many renowned conductors including Dale Warland, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Porco, Weston Noble, Charles Bruffy, James Jordan and Marin Alsop. Dr. Ferrell received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami (a student of Jo-Michael Scheibe). He received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Temple University and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The Hartt School. (Source: www.stcloudstate.edu)
Adam Reinwald is a nationally-recognized vocal chamber artist and conductor, and is in demand as a coach and clinician for developing voices. Since 2014, Adam has held the position of assistant conductor with the National Lutheran Choir, based in Minneapolis, MN, and added the title of community engagement manager in 2016. In addition to his work with the National Lutheran Choir, Adam is the Director of Traditional Music and the Chancel Choir at Wayzata Community Church, and co-founder of Beer Choir Twin Cities.
From 1998 to 2014, Adam performed internationally and across the US with the male vocal ensemble Cantus. In artistic leadership at Cantus for more than a decade, Adam led programming for an organization that Fanfare Magazine labeled “the premiere men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” During his tenure, Cantus was awarded the 2010 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, released 17 albums on its own label, and established a unique collaborative working model for vocal chamber musicians.
Adam has appeared as soloist with The Boston Pops, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Opera, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Adam has worked as choral and vocal clinician across the US as well as in Europe and Cameroon, West Africa. (Source: www.chorusamerica.org)