Anton Armstrong conducts the Formosa Singers
Date: April 6, 2011
Anton Armstrong, Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir (USA), will serve as the Guest Conductor of the 35-voice Formosa Singers (Taipei, Taiwan) in a concert that will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 2010 at The National Concert Hall of Taiwan. The Formosa Singers has established itself as one of the premier choral ensembles of Taiwan. Founded in 1994 by Artistic Director and Conductor, Julian Ching-Chun Su, the Formosa Singers is dedicated to the promotion of choral music of pristine quality and to refine the art of choral music in Taiwan. Over the last fifteen years, the Formosa Singers has created a level of music excellence that has been recognized throughout Taiwan and abroad. The Formosa Singers' dedication in preserving the spirit of Taiwanese folk songs has created a new sound and life for this rich treasury of vocal music. The Formosa Singers have released over a dozen CD recording, several of which have been nominated and received the Golden Melody Award (the Taiwan equivalent of the Grammy Awards). Since 2000, the Formosa Singers has been invited to perform at numerous artistic festivals and choral competitions worldwide including appearances in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
Armstrong has been in residence with the Formosa Singers since March 31 leading an intensive schedule of daily rehearsals and conducting master classes. Armstrong is making a return visit at the invitation of the Formosa Singers after his debut performance with the ensemble in October 2009. Since 1997, esteemed international musicians including Joseph Flummerfelt (USA), Gary Graden (Sweden), Stephen Leek (Australia), Ko Matsushita (Japan), Jonathan Velasco (Philippines) nad William Dehning (USA) have had the delight to lead this dynamic choral ensemble. Armstrong has programmed a concert featuring music from North America, Latin America, Europe, and traditional Taiwanese folk songs arranged by the Formosa Singers' inspiring ensemble pianist Yu-Shan Tsai.
Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990. A graduate of St.Olaf College, Armstrong earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. He is an editor of choral
series for Earthsongs Publications and Augsburg Fortress Publishers. Since June 1998, he has served as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. Active in the USA and internationally as a guest conductor and lecturer, Dr.Armstrong has been a featured clinician at the 1996 and 2008 World Symposiums on Choral Music and will lead a conducting master class for the 2011 World Symposium of Choral Music in Argentina this August. In January 2006, Baylor University selected Anton Armstrong from a field of 118 distinguished nominees to receive the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.
In October 2009 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University.