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James M. Meaders Joins Distinguished Concerts International New York’s Program Development and Education Team

May 19, 2014 | By DCINY
Shira Gilbert PR for DCINY
Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is delighted to welcome James M. Meaders to its Program Development and Education team. Professor and Director of Choral Activities in the Department of Music at Mississippi College, Dr. Meaders has conducted the Mississippi College Singers on four international tours as well as in concerts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and is an in-demand festival adjudicator, presenter, and clinician. Meaders has appeared as a guest conductor with DCINY on three occasions, most recently on January 19, 2014 when he conducted the Distinguished Concerts Singers International in Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest.

"All of us at Distinguished Concerts International New York are thrilled that Dr. James Meaders has accepted a position in our program and education development,” comments Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, “His many years at Mississippi College will lend invaluable experience to DCINY." General Manager Iris Derke adds, “We are excited to have Dr. Meaders join our creative and energetic team and look forward to his strengths and vision adding to the forward momentum at the company.”

Says Dr. Meaders: “Having worked with the multi-talented and creative staff of DCINY on numerous occasions, I did not hesitate for a moment when given the opportunity to join this gifted team on a full-time basis. I look forward to investing myself in this organization that is clearly committed to artistry and excellence.”

A member of the Mississippi College faculty since 1998, Dr. James Meaders has conducted the Mississippi College Singers and the Mississippi College Women’s Chamber Choir, taught undergraduate conducting and applied voice, and headed the graduate program in conducting. Meaders has conducted the Singers in Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, four international tours including Germany, Italy, Austria, England, and South Africa, and recent performances in Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center. He has also conducted choirs on multiple divisional conventions and a national convention of ACDA. In 2004-2005, Meaders was selected by the Mississippi College faculty as Distinguished Lecturer in Arts and Sciences and was Humanities Professor of the Year. Meaders, in partnership with Michael Dingaan, created The International Center for Collaboration in the Musical Arts, a service learning-based symposium promoting the development of the choral arts of South Africa. He is Past-President of MS ACDA and currently College and University R&S Chair for Southern Division ACDA.

Dr. Meaders takes on his role with DCINY immediately and relocates to New York City as of August, 2014.

Founded by Iris Derke (General Director) and Jonathan Griffith (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor) Distinguished Concerts International New York is driven by passion, innovative vision, a total belief in its artists, and unwavering commitment to bringing forth unforgettable audience experiences. DCINY’s current season, its 7th, features numerous world and US premieres and collaborations with Karl Jenkins, Eric Whitacre, Stephen Schwartz, Vance George, Christopher Tin, among many others. For more information please see: www.DCINY.org

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