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Dr. Miguel Felipe
Director of Choral Activities
University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
2017-2018 Interim
Director of Choral Activities
Boston University

Dr. Miguel Ángel Felipe is Director of Choral Activities ad interim at Boston University where he
serves as a visiting associate professor and leads their graduate choral conducting program. He is also Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he is an Associate Professor of Music on sabbatical for the 2017–18 academic year.

Felipe is active in the US, Asia, South America, and Europe. Upcoming and recent engagements
include leading choirs in the Spain, Brazil, and Texas; presenting masterclasses in Sweden, Singapore, and Pennsylvania; and adjudicating choirs in Indonesia, Germany, and Arizona. Felipe’s choirs have performed internationally and domestically, often to high praise: “the [ensemble], under the direction of Miguel Felipe, has progressed to the point that it is simply a fine vocal instrument in absolute terms.”

A devoted supporter of new music and lesser known masterpieces, Felipe has commissioned
extensively and spoken at US events about the composer-conductor relationship. His programs often meld adventurous with traditional repertoire exploring with audiences and singers an evolving, global choral traditional. His research focuses on choral innovations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, on concepts of the influence of choral societies in cultural development, and on conducting pedagogy.

Felipe has served on the faculty of Oberlin College & Conservatory, The Boston Conservatory at
Berklee, Brown University, and Mount Holyoke College. He has led choirs at Harvard University; the Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto (Brazil); and in various churches including the Lutheran Church of Honolulu where he served as the Director of Music and Liturgy from 2011–2014.

A frequent guest conductor, Felipe has been described as a “a dynamic young conductor who had clearly committed himself to bringing the best” of singers. He’s active as vice president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, as the vice/past president of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and as a member of Chorus America. Felipe is a proud member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

Felipe earned his BM, summa cum laude, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
Music, and his MM and DMA at Boston University where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Registration for the Summer Conference “A Community of Singing” is open! Learn more

Come sing in the Community Festival Chorus!!

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Your singers can be a part of an unforgettable singing experience at the ACDA-PA Conference this year! All are invited to participate in the 2017 ACDA-PA Summer Conference Festival Choir! In combination with the Summer Conference at Elizabethtown College on August 4th & 5th, the Festival Choir will be made up of singers from around the state, including yours! Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, Director of Choral Activities at Calvin College, will lead this exciting event. The 2017 Festival Choir includes two days of music-making, followed by a performance in the lovely Leffler Chapel on the campus of Elizabethtown College. Registration is only $50 and includes scores, meals, and a musical experience your singers will never forget! Encourage them to be a part of the 2017 ACDA-PA Summer Conference Festival Choir, a community of singing!! Learn more…

Fall Conference 2017

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Save November 10 & 11 on your calendars for an inspirational weekend of music-making with the renowned Bob Chilcott. Highlights include:

• Friday Afternoon Undergraduate Conducting Competition
• Bob Chilcott, Headliner
• Friday Evening Opening Concert
• Collegiate Honor Choir
• Auditioned choirs!

Learn more…

Apply for your Choir to Perform at the Fall Conference

Applications are now being accepted for performing choirs. We will be selecting 4 choirs to represent the great choral music being made in our state chapter. More information

Composition Contest Announced!!

Each year, the ACDA-PA Chapter sponsors a composition contest with the winning composition, selected by a committee, will be premiered at an ACDA-PA Conference in 2017. This year’s composition contest is geared toward University/Collegiate Choir. Learn more

Other News…

Fall Conference Slated for November 10 & 11 at Susquehanna University

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Save the Date for a great Fall Conference at Susquehanna University. Highlights include
• Friday Afternoon Undergraduate Conducting Competition
• Saturday Interest sessions
• Friday Evening Opening Concert
• Honor Choir

We team up with the PA Collegiate Choral Conductors Association for a weekend of great music. And our headliner? Well, you are going to have to check back– you WON’T want to miss this one!!