Choral Festival 2023
Choral Festival 2023
Eduardo García-Novelli, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Kansas,
He received two undergraduate degrees from Argentina (Juan José Castro Conservatory and Manuel de Falla Conservatory); his Master´s degree in Choral Conducting with distinction from Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, NJ; and his DMA degree from the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, in Houston, TX.
Dr. García-Novelli is the former Assistant Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus, and the former Director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus. He received the Faculty Merit Award for distinguished teaching while serving as Director of Choral Activities at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
His choirs were selected to perform for Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA), Wisconsin Choral Directors Association (WCDA), Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) National Conference, the IV International Choral Festival in Panama City, Panama, the Buenos Aires World Choral Festival (online), and on several National, European, and South American tours.
He made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011, returning in 2015 and 2017. Dr. Garcia-Novelli was a conductor in-residence in 2016 at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia, lecturing and conducting the award-winning AVE Chamber Choir. Other international engagements include MidAm Festival, conducting Mozart at the historical Peterskirche in Vienna; Coro Nacional de Jóvenes ARG (in-residence); lecturing at Banská Bystrica University, in Slovakia; judging the Voce MagnaInternational Choir Competition, in Žilina, Slovakia, and leading Carthage Choir to win First Prize at the prestigious Spittal International Choir Competition in Spittal, Austria, in July 2019.
In July of 2023 he led the University Kansas Chamber Choir to win two first prizes at the Preveza International Choir Competition in Preveza, Greece (Mixed Choir category and Free Program category). In addition, they received two special awards: “Best Program” and “Best Conductor.”
The Choral Festival will be taking place in the south section of the UTA Fine Arts Building, 700 Greek Row Drive, Arlington, TX 76019
Parking will be available for purchase using the steps outlined below in student parking lots.
Here are the steps to register for parking:
1. Follow the link https://utarlington.aimsparking.com/permits/?cmd=new_event
2. Select "Department-Hosted Event”
3. Select "Choral Festival 2023”
4. Select permit type "(EVT-FP) Student General Lot (Before 5PM)"
5. Confirm the active dates
6. Add vehicle info and confirm
Click HERE for a map of parking locations.
The West Campus Garage, Lot 34, and Lot 30 are the closest to the Fine Arts Building.
You must have a permit to park or you will be ticketed.
UT Arlington Choral Festival
October 9-10, 2023
Guest Conductor/Clinician: Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, University of Kansas
All sessions are open to the public
Monday, October 9
1:00-2:20 p.m. – UTA A Cappella Choir clinic, Irons Recital Hall
Velasco: A este sol peregrino
Burchard: When David Heard
Mercury, arr. Peterson: Somebody to Love
Palmeri: Kyrie from Misatango
3:00-4:20 p.m. – Conducting master class & lecture – Irons Recital Hall
Dr. Garcia-Novelli will work with student conductors and present on score study and performance preparation
6:00- 7:30 p.m. – UTA University Singers clinic, Irons Recital Hall
Stroope: Danse Macabre
Hagenberg: Measure Me Sky
Bach (Again) Come Sweet Death
Tuesday, October 10
High School Choral Festival
10:00-10:40 James W. Martin High School performance and clinic
10:40-11:20 L.D. Bell High School performance and clinic
11:30-12:00 UTA Choir performances: University Singers and A Cappella Choir
12:10-12:50 Trinity High School performance and clinic
12:50-1:30 Chisholm Trail High School performance and clinic
Dr. Karen Kenaston-French, D.M.A. University of North Texas
Department of Music
Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Vocal Arts Area Coordinator
Area: Vocal Arts
Bio: Karen Kenaston-French is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas Arlington, where she conducts the A Cappella Choir, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and heads the Vocal Area. Under her direction the UTA A Cappella Choir given invited performances at prestigious conferences including National Collegiate Choral Organization (2019), Southwestern Division American Choral Director’s Association (2022 & 2016), the Texas Music Educators Association state convention (2019 & 2014), and served as Choir-in-Residence for the undergraduate and graduate conducting competition at national ACDA (2015). She has prepared the choir for numerous regional guest appearances, including with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theatre, Fort Worth Chorale, the Rolling Stones and The Eagles. Under her direction, the UT Arlington A Cappella has been named a finalist in the American Prize for Choral Performance in 2021 and 2014. In 2019 Dr. Kenaston-French assumed the position of Artistic Director/Conductor of the Fort Worth Chorale, only the fifth conductor in the organization’s 57-year history. Prior to her arrival at UTA, Dr. Kenaston-French served as Director of Choral Activities at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she led the Chamber Singers in two appearances at the Tennessee Music Education Association state conference, and in master classes with Chanticleer, Cantus, and Libby Larsen. She taught conducting at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas, and served as director of music ministries at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas from 1986-1998. Dr. Kenaston-French has been guest conductor for honor choirs in Colorado, Tennessee, and for many TMEA region choirs. A frequent lecturer and adjudicator, she has given presentations on choral tone, conducting, rehearsal technique and performance practice for SMU, Choristers Guild, Texas Choral Directors Association, and various universities, school districts and local churches. A native of Huntington, WV, Dr. Kenaston-French holds a B.A. in vocal performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.M. and M.S.M. degrees in choral conducting from Southern Methodist University, and a D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of North Texas, where she was named outstanding graduate student in conducting and ensembles and the Pi Kappa Lambda outstanding doctoral student. She studied conducting with Jerry McCoy, Mel Ivey, Lloyd Pfautsch, Jane Marshall, and Larry Parsons, and in 2011 was a conductor for the Choral/Orchestral Master Class of the Oregon Bach Festival, under Helmut Rilling and Jeffrey Kahane. Vocal studies include graduate work with Lynn Eustis at UNT and Linda Baer at SMU. Her article “The Teachings of Jean‐Antoine Bérard” was published in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal of Singing in November 2009. She sang in the Dallas Symphony Chorus from 1993-2003, and was selected for the first Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall in 1991.
Dr. John Wayman, Ph.D., Fine Arts, Texas Tech University
Department of Music
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities, Music Education Area Coordinator
Area: Choral Music Education
Office: FA 367-D
Bio: Dr. John Wayman is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he conducts the University Singers and guides our future choral music educators. Prior to his arrival to UTA, Wayman served as Music Education Coordinator and Director of the Concert Choir at Young Harris College in Georgia. Dr. Wayman has a BAMEd from Wayland Baptist University, a MMEd and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. As a choral director, Dr. Wayman brings a wealth of information having worked with all levels (elementary-college in Texas and Georgia) in a variety of settings. He is in great demand as an adjudicator and clinician, regularly working with school music programs and directing honor choirs throughout the nation. Dr. Wayman’s areas of specialty consist of the male changing voice, music as an educational tool for the traditional classroom and the development of the preservice teacher. His research has been presented regularly at professional conferences in state (Texas Music Educators Association, Tennessee MEA and Georgia MEA), nationally (National Association for Music Educators, Society of Research for Music Education, Society of Music Teacher Educators) and international venues (International Society of Music Education [Greece and Brazil] , Research in Music Education [England], PASME [Uganda], and most recently working with the choirs and future music educators at the University of Internationalities in Chengdu, China). His work can found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Teaching Music, Georgia Music News and Symposium on Music teacher Education: Enacting Shared Visions.