Location: New Jersey, USA
Andrew Megill is an associate professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider Univeristy, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and conducts Westminster Kantorei.
Dr. Megill leads two of North America’s finest professional choirs: the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale and the Chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as The Masterwork Chorus, one of the New York area’s leading volunteer choirs. Dr. Megill has collaborated with many leading orchestras, including the American Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonie, Montreal Symphony, National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and New York Philharmonic, for conductors such as Botstein, Boulez, Dutoit, Flummerfelt, Frühbeck de Burgos, Gilbert, Glover, Neeme Järvi, Macal, Masur, Nagano, Rudel and Weil.
Dr. Megill is particularly admired for his performances of Baroque repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Fuma Sacra, “one of America’s leading ensembles specializing in Renaissance and Baroque vocal music” whose performances “leave the audience gasping in amazement” (Classical New Jersey). He has collaborated with Baroque specialists such as Ton Koopman, Masaaki Suzuki, John Holloway, Nancy Wilson and Julianne Baird, and period-instrument ensembles such as the Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Sinfonia New York, Piffaro, Brandywine Baroque, and Tempesta di Mare.
Previous appointments include Interim Choirmaster at Trinity Church (Wall Street) and Chorusmaster for the Spoleto Festival USA, where his work was praised for producing “the finest opera chorus in the world” (Charleston Post and Courier). Dr. Megill has guest-conducted at the Juilliard Opera Center, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and Emmanuel Church in Boston.
Dr. Megill’s work has been broadcast by PRI and the BBC and can be heard on a number of recordings, including Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft, Jon Magnussen’s Psalm on Albany, Haydn Masses for Naxos, and a forthcoming disc of works by Caleb Burhans. He has collaborated with folk singer Judy Collins and film director Ridley Scott, as well as the Mark Morris Dance Company.