Saturday, October 3, 10am - 2:30pm
All Illinois high school singers are invited to participate in a day of preparation on the required selections for the 2016 ILMEA All-State Choir audition. The day will consist of rehearsals and sectionals on Northern Lights by Ola Gjeilo and Cindy arranged by Mack Wilberg, a session on audition tips and a final performance of the two pieces by workshop participants and DePaul Chamber Choir.
This year, DePaul University's Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Eric Esparza will be joined by Dr. Frank Piekarz, esteemed conductor and Fine Arts Faculty at Downers Grove North High School.
Dr. Eric Esparza
Dr. Eric Esparza is the Director of Choral Activities at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where he conducts the Chamber and Concert Choirs. Dr. Esparza is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the United Nations Association International Choir. Previously, he served on the music faculty of Sam Houston State University School as conductor of the Concert Choir, and teacher of voice, diction, and music theory. Dr. Esparza was also Director of Ministries at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, where he studied with Dr. Joyce Farwell and Maestro Tom Jaber. He also holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Florida State University where, he was a University Fellow and served as Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Opera. Dr. Esparza earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. He remains active as a professional singer, conductor, and music editor.