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Willoughby to Conduct, Lecture at Yale University March 23-24
Judith Willoughby, Wanda L. Bass Professor of Conducting and Choral Music Education at Oklahoma City University, will lecture graduate choral students at Yale University on March 23. “Judith has the most remarkable career and our students can learn a great deal from her vast repository of knowledge,” said Prof. Marguerite Brooks, director of the choral conducting program in the Yale School of Music. “We are very excited and pleased that she has agreed to visit us.” On March 24, Willoughby will conduct an evening concert in Yale’s Woolsey Hall for the university and community in collaboration with the Yale Glee Club and selected high school choruses from New Haven, Conn. Dr. Jeffrey Douma, the seventh conductor in the history of Yale’s Glee Club said, “ Judith is the rare academic who is also a superb performer. She teaches and connects beautifully through rehearsal and performance. We are looking forward to her visit and to her work with our choruses and students.” “I have the greatest respect and admiration for my colleagues at Yale and their stated purpose, which is to train talented students for national and international musical leadership, as well as to give back by reaching out to the community of New Haven,” Willoughby said. “Maggie and Jeff’s efforts validate, give hope and inspire the youth, teachers and families in New Haven who are preserving and nurturing choral performance in the public schools. "Their interest in the community that surrounds Yale’s campus provides a significant model for the engagement of Yale’s talented conducting students as they make their place in the musical world. I am pleased to join them in this project.” In addition to her Oklahoma City University appointment, Willoughby is artistic director of the Youth Choral Program of the Canterbury Choral Society. At OCU, she conducts Ad Astra Women's Chorus and University Singers, and teaches courses in music education. As a guest conductor, clinician and conference headliner, Willoughby has led choruses and orchestras in the world's major concert halls in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Asia. She is the headliner for the inaugural 2009 Charleston International Festival of Choirs. Willoughby has been an active honor choir conductor for the American Choral Directors Association, conducting honor choruses for one national, five divisional, and numerous state conventions. She has conducted 44 all-state choruses in the United States. Willoughby edits a choral series published by Alliance Music, has contributed to articles published in ACDA's Choral Journal, wrote a chapter for “The Choral Director's Cookbook” published by Meredith Music, and was on the editorial board for two Chorus America publications: “Leading the Successful Chorus” and “Conductors Count: What Chorus Boards, Music Directors and Administrators Need to Know.” She recently authored a chapter in “Way Over in Beulah Lan': Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual,” by Dr. Andre Thomas, published in 2007 by Heritage Music Press.