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John Dickson — Conductor

John Dickson is the Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education and Stephanie Landry Barineau Professor of Choral Music at Louisiana State University’s School of Music. As Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Division of Ensembles and Conducting, he conducts the internationally acclaimed A Cappella Choir and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting.

A collegiate choral conductor and mentor to graduate conducting students for more than thirty years, his choirs have been featured at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Association of British Choral Directors.

Internationally known as a conducting pedagogue, Dr. Dickson has presented master-classes before the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow and the Association of British Choral Directors. As conductor, clinician or adjudicator he has served international choral festivals, all-state choruses, and workshop choirs from around the world. As chorus-master, he has prepared choirs for Sir David Willcocks, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Hill, Lawrence Leighton Smith, John Nelson, and Max Bragado-Darman.

Appointed as a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University in 1992, Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and the Bach Choir in London. A second post-doctoral fellowship allowed him to serve as principal rehearsal conductor for the Bach Choir under musical director David Hill.

For his summer conducting institutes he has co-directed with British friends and colleagues Stephen Cleobury, David Hill and Bob Chilcott. He is the Founding Director of the C. S. Lewis Foundation’s Oxbridge Choral Institute, a professional chorus serving the triennial symposium in Oxford and Cambridge.

Dr. Dickson served on the Editorial Board of The Choral Journal as editor of the sacred music column, "Hallelujah." The Choral Journal and The Mastersinger have published several of his articles on conducting and church music. He holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, the M.M. degree in musicology from Baylor University, and has done post-doctoral study at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.

Jonathan Crutchfield is pleased to join Coro Vocati as their collaborative pianist. He received degrees from Southern Wesleyan University (BA - piano performance); Florida State University (MM - choral conducting); and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (DMA – choral conducting). Dr. Crutchfield has served four University music faculties: Southern Wesleyan University, Central (SC); University of Alabama at Huntsville; Indiana University, Southeast, New Albany; and Queens University, Charlotte (NC). He co-founded and directed the School of Fine Arts in Chattanooga (TN) from 1996-2002. Since 2013, Jonathan has taught music in South Africa under the auspices of the International Partnership for Choral Music Education (IPCME).

He has accompanied choirs and individuals as a collaborative pianist/organist in 7 countries, including the United States. He has served churches as a full- or part-time musician for 39 years and is a published composer of organ, brass, and choral music. Jonathan currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia.






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Former (and/or Substitute) Coro Vocati Musicians

John Newsome, Taylor Greer, Taylor Conley, Alan Roberts, Jonathan Pilkington, Christina Casey, Erin McCollum, Adam Kissel, Alicia Walker, Amy Foster, Blaire Lynch, Carol Goff, Celia Jacobs Shore, Christopher Patton, Chris Rosborough, Christa Joy Chase, Colin Porter, Heather Witt, Karen Lupton, Kristen Reisig, Kyle Wheatley, Lauren Larson Larkin, Melanie Cross Buckner, Michael Arens, Nancy Mize Johnston, Owen Mathews, Phillip Shoultz, Reggie Garrett, Renee Wilson-Wicker, Robert Bolyard, Sarah Ward, Scott Martin, Shawn Keswani, Steve Rotz, Taylor Johnson, Tim Gunter, Virginia Boaz, Ana Baida, Charlie Boone, Jamie Clements, Rich Kosowski.