Spring 2018 guest conductor Maurice Boyer
Maurice Boyer is associate professor of music at Concordia University Chicago, where he conducts the chamber orchestra and women’s choir (Laudate), and teaches aural skills. Although born in the United States, he began his musical training (piano, voice, and solfège) in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he lived until the age of eighteen.
Mr. Boyer holds a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Maryland, College Park. His master of music is in choral conducting and his bachelor of music in sacred music (with piano as his principal instrument). Both were earned at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. His principal conducting teachers have been Joseph Flummerfelt, Kenneth Kiesler, and James Ross. He also studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Mr. Boyer is music director of the American Kantorei and the Bach at the Sem concert series at Concordia Seminary St Louis. He is artistic director of Aestas Consort, a Chicago-based professional choral ensemble, and is assistant conductor of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. He has also been guest conductor for the Chicago Choral Artists and guest chorus master for Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Mr. Boyer was artistic director of Heritage Chorale from 2007 to 2015.
About his work with Music of the Baroque, Dennis Polkow of the Chicago Classical Review wrote, “Maurice Boyer’s preparation of the chorus was shown to best advantage. The guest director was able to achieve not only a wonderful blend and unity of choral sound throughout the multi-movement work, but was also able to bring off a wide palette of timbres and contrasting dynamics that threw Handel’s text painting in sharp relief.” Additionally, he has been chorus master of the New Jersey State Opera, and music director in several churches.
Heritage Chorale Board of Directors
Mary Rogan, President
Larry Ritsert, Vice President
Barbara Hofmaier, Secretary
Beth Zeiter, Treasurer
Tehra Hiolski has served as accompanist for Heritage Chorale since 1990. She teaches general music in Oak Park's elementary school district and accompanies many area musicians in both recital and competition. She taught piano privately for 16 years and has also worked with the Merit music program in Chicago. A native of Oak Park, she received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in music education from VanderCook College in Chicago.
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