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2013 - 2014

Glen Thomas Rideout, Conductor


Glen Thomas Rideout

A native of Baltimore, Glen Thomas Rideout holds a bachelor's degree in voice from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has studied voice and vocal pedagogy with Dr. Gayle Shay, Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff, Dr. Dean Southern and Mr. Stephen West. His conducting mentors include Dr. Jamie Washington, Mr. Philip Olsen, Mr. Robin Fountain, Dr. Paul Rardin and Dr. Jerry Blackstone. Glen Thomas is in his third year of doctoral studies here at the University of Michigan.

Glen Thomas is an active music minister, conductor and clinician, having led the music ministries of congregations in Maryland, Tennessee and Michigan. While serving as artistic director of the Voices of Praise at Vanderbilt University, he facilitated the choir's growth from 20 to 70 members in three years and retains the honor of having been the choir's longest- serving elected director. Glen Thomas has served the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor as Director of Music since August, 2007.

Glen Thomas is the 2013 winner of the National Student Conducting Competition, a contest of the American Choral Directors Association. His writing on music has been published by the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Unitarian Universalist Association's largest congregation. His recent international schedule includes conducting engagements in Peru, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Andorra and France.

Glen Thomas is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, the American Choral Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Adam Begley, Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor

Adam Wills Begley

A native of Traverse City, MI, Adam Wills Begley is currently pursuing a M.M. in choral conducting at the University of Michigan, where he studies with Jerry Blackstone. In addition to his work with Arts Chorale, Adam is co-conductor of the Orpheus Singers and conducting scholar at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Last summer, Adam was a conducting apprentice at the Berkshire Choral Festival.

Prior to his studies at the University of Michigan, Adam earned a B.A. in Music with distinction at Yale University, where he served as the undergraduate conductor of the Yale Glee Club and musical director of the vocal jazz group Redhot & Blue. As assistant conductor of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the nation's oldest collegiate a cappella group, Adam led performances in over twenty-six countries and on five continents.

Active as an educator with musicians of all levels, Adam has served on the conducting faculties of the Elm City Girls' Choir and the Watermusic Chamber Singers. Recent musical theater engagements include productions of Sweeney Todd and Cabaret with the Yale Dramatic Association.

Adam's teachers include Jeffrey Douma, Marguerite Brooks, and Walden Moore.