Choral Arts Academy (CAA)
St. Mary's College of Maryland
July 8-19, 2013
Fostering the Independent Choral Artist
for current high school students through graduates
Larry Edward Vote is professor of music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. An accomplished vocal soloist and conductor, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. As a member of The Tidewater Ensemble he has been heard in and conducted concerts in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and Jordan Hall in Boston, as well as on regional and national broadcasts of this group. A founding member of The Maryland Bach Aria Group, Mr. Vote may be heard in music of Bach, Handel and Telemann on two compact discs published by Crystal Records.
He has conducted or performed as baritone soloist in the premieres of works by Gian Carlo Menotti, William Thomas McKinley, and David Froom, among others. He recorded McKinley's “Dallas, 1963” with the Slovak Radio Orchestra, which has been released on MMC Recordings. “Hearing the Call,” featuring new brass music conducted by Mr. Vote, was released on Sonora records in September of 1999. Mr. Vote served as resident musical director to Interact; a Washington D.C.-based theater company. With Interact he performed and directed productions for The National Gallery of Art, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Landsburg Theater, Arena Stage, and in a tour of the United Kingdom. He continues to serve as a yearly guest conductor for the River Concert Series and Co- Artistic Director of the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy.
The 1993 production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” for which he was music director and conductor, won the award for Best Musical in the 1994 Helen Hayes Awards. He was nominated for Outstanding Musical Director for the production of “H.M.S. Pinafore” in 1996 and again in 2000 for “Pirates of Penzance.” He is also holder of the Norton Dodge Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievement presented by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
In his performance with Voices of the Golden Age, the Washington Post noted that "His reverberant reading of Bouvard's “Le Temple de Bachus” filled this aria with so much nobility and fervor that some real life thunderbolts outside seemed anticlimactic."
Krystal Rickard McCoy is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland where she teaches music appreciation, ear training, and conducts the CSM Chorale. Additionally, she directs St. Maries Musica, a select community choir based in Southern Maryland and is the director of the Southern Maryland Encore Chorale at Asbury in Solomons. She is the current president of the Maryland/DC American Choral Director’s Association.
From 2007-2010 Ms. Rickard McCoy taught choral methods, choral conducting, choral literature, and supervised secondary choral student teachers at the University of Delaware. In her choral curriculum she addressed vocal pedagogy, rehearsal techniques, score preparation, and lesson planning as applied to both middle and high school. She also conducted the University Singers, Concert Choir, and co-directed Schola Cantorum. Before arriving at Delaware, Ms. Rickard taught high school choral music in the New Jersey Public School System for five years. Under her direction her choirs won superior awards at competitions, frequently performed in Carnegie Hall, and traveled to Sydney, Australia to perform in the Sydney Opera House.
Ms. Rickard McCoy adjudicates at choral festivals and clinics in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. She presents at conferences and choral reading sessions and has conducted honor choirs on the east coast. McCoy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Bucknell University and a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College. She has studied conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, James Jordan and William Payn. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Her research interests include preservice teacher education, movement in music, community engagement, adult music education, and authority in the choral rehearsal.