Let us sing
With performances described as “the best choral singing we’ve ever heard in Bozeman (or almost anywhere),” the Aoide Chamber Singers have established themselves as one of Montana’s premier chamber choirs. Founded in the fall of 2012 at Montana State University by a small group of friends in the Honors College, their high level of artistry and commitment to living composers drew attention from others and membership quickly expanded. Aoide is a dedicated advocate of contemporary composers, with performances concentrating on music of the 21st century and its origins in earlier music.
Sought-after for collaborations, Aoide has appeared with Grammy-Award winning choir The Crossing and with the Jitro Czech Children's Choir. Aoide has sung across Montana including performances at Tippett Rise with the MSU Honors College Musicale, in Red Lodge as part of Music from the Beartooths, in the Bozeman Public Library as part of the Montana Chamber Music Society's Noon Notes program for elementary students, as the chorus of a contemporary chamber opera at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, at First Presbyterian Church of Bozeman as part of their Mainly Music season, and in concert in Missoula, Kalispell, Big Sky, and in the Cathedral of St. Helena.
The Aoide Chamber Singers are:
Hannah Anderson, Isobel Anthony, Hannah Bares, Kaleb Biladeau, Kayla Bojkovsky, Mandy Bowker, Cordelia Cluett, Derek Conder, Adam Copeland, Emily Copeland, Patrick Fischer, Lukas Graf, Erin Henke, Logan Henke, Eli Isbell, Ana Jarrett, Rachel Juel, Michael Juel, Jacob Malczyk, Annie Marshall, Natalie Mills, Robert Nack, Alan Newbold, Matthew O'Sullivan, Cara Robertus, Madison Stone, Zach Tomac & John Zirkle.
Organist: Matthew O’Sullivan
Assistant Conductor: Logan Henke
Conductor: Andrew Major
Andrew Major is a Thomas R. Kasdorf scholar in choral music in the second year of his Master's in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music studying under Grammy-Award winning conductor Donald Nally. At Northwestern, Andrew is the instructor and conductor of NU Camerata, the choral department's treble choir, and sings with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, University Chorale, and in the Recital Chorus. He has also served as the graduate assistant conductor of the University Singers and has conducted performances with the Renaissance Singers and the Undergraduate Company of Opera Singers.
Andrew is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Aoide Chamber Singers, a chamber choir he founded as a freshman at Montana State University where he earned a B.A. in Music, a B.S. in Cell Biology & Neuroscience, and an Honors College Baccalaureate Summa cum laude. In 2016, Andrew was honored with an MSU Award for Excellence, awarded to 40 of MSU’s top seniors for academic excellence, campus leadership, and community service. At this time, Andrew was also awarded the Torleif Asheim Community Involvement Award which recognizes one student from each college for outstanding community involvement.
Andrew participated as a conducting fellow at the 2015 Westminster Choir College Choral Institute studying under Simon Carrington and at the Big Sky Choral Initiative in 2015, 2016, and 2017 with Donald Nally. Additionally, Andrew has conducted in the American Choral Directors Association's National Conference Masterclass with Ann Howard Jones and Jerry McCoy and in masterclasses with Craig Hella Johnson, James Jordan, and Andrew Megill.