03/15/2013 03:39 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU School of Music announced today the appointment of Stephen Cleobury, director of music at King’s College in Cambridge, England, and conductor laureate of the BBC Singers, as a Visiting Fellow for the upcoming academic year.
An internationally celebrated conductor and organist, Cleobury is associated with two of Great Britain’s most famous choirs and works with leading symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles. He is perhaps best recognized for leading the Choir of Kings in the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and carols sung during the Christmas season at the Chapel of King’s College and broadcast throughout the world by the British Broadcasting Company.
“We’re very pleased to have Mr. Cleobury join us as a visiting fellow,” said Stephen David Beck, director of the School of Music. “His residency underscores the long-standing choral traditions at LSU and will further our goal of maintaining LSU’s choral program as one of the country’s finest. His expertise will be a great benefit to our students and the choral program as a whole.”
John Dickson, the Stephanie L. Barineau Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies at LSU, is well acquainted with Cleobury’s artistry, having served as Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College during two Cambridge sabbaticals.
“Mr. Cleobury brings an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and experience in sacred and period music with him to the students and choirs at LSU’s School of Music,” said Dickson, who also serves as chairman of the Division of Ensembles and Conducting.
When contemplating a sacred music component for LSU, Dickson said, he shared his idea of two weeklong residencies in sacred music symposia with Cleobury, and he immediately accepted the invitation to serve as an artist in residence at LSU.
When asked about his choice of Cleobury, Dickson said, “Once I knew I had support for a sacred music component at LSU, Stephen immediately came to mind. In addition to his outstanding artistry as an organist and conductor, I can think of no one who has championed the art of sacred music more than Stephen Cleobury.”
More information on the LSU School of Music can be found at http://music.lsu.edu.
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013