Dr. Brook Carter Larson, artistic director of the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, has been named Choral Director of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
The award was presented July 18 at the AzACDA Summer Conference, according to a press release.
“I am so thankful to many people for this award, including my family and all of the singers through the years, particularly the men of Orpheus who have given me the blessing, honor and privilege to stand in front of them every Tuesday night during our rehearsals and at our performances,” Dr. Larson said in a prepared statement.
Since becoming artistic director in 2009, the group has expanded from 25-30 singers to nearly 100 singers. In February 2016, Orpheus was honored to perform at the Western Division of the ACDA Conference in Pasadena, Calif.
“Brook has expanded Orpheus’ community outreach, he has connected us to performances with other choruses and encourages this group of men to always see that their future is bigger than their past,” Orpheus President Michael Peterson said during his remarks at the conference when presenting Larson with the award.
“He is also ‘pleasantly persistent’ when recruiting new chorus members.”
Prior to becoming Artistic Director of Orpheus, Dr. Larson taught choral music education classes at Arizona State University for six years. During his time at ASU, he founded and directed two choirs: the Sun Devil Singers and the ASU Men’s Chorus. In addition to directing choir, Dr. Larson taught Choral Methods, supervised student teachers and coordinated field experience for music education majors. Before his time at ASU, he taught at the middle and high school levels.
Dr. Larson received a doctor of musical arts in Choral Conducting from ASU. He also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and Moorhead State University (Minnesota).
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