Andrew Crane, conductor
Andrew Crane was named Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of the Brigham Young University Singers in 2015. Previous to this appointment, he served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, and six years in the same position at California State University, San Bernardino. He is also the former choral director at Provo High School.
Choirs under his direction have appeared by invitation at multiple conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and National Collegiate Choral Organization. The BYU Singers recently performed at the latter group’s biennial conference in 2017, and in 2019 Dr. Crane will conduct the ensemble at the 60th Jubilee national conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Kansas City.
On the international stage, in 2015 Dr. Crane led the East Carolina University Chamber Singers to a first place finish in the 13th Maribor (Slovenia) International Choral Competition Gallus, the only American choir to win in the history of the contest. He has also appeared as a guest conductor and lecturer at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland, the Vietnam Military University of Culture and Arts, the Choral Musicians Association of Hunan Province (China), and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts.
Additionally, Dr. Crane enjoys a career as a professional solo and ensemble tenor, having appeared with such groups as Seraphic Fire, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Yale Choral Artists, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, and many others.
Dr. Crane is active as a conductor of honor choirs, clinician, guest lecturer, and accompanist. He serves as President-Elect of Utah ACDA, and on the national ACDA Standing Committee for Composition Initiatives. In addition, Crane curates a choral series under his name through Walton Music. His degrees include a Bachelor of Music in music education and a Master of Music in choral conducting from Brigham Young University as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from Michigan State University.
Ronald Staheli, founder/conductor emeritus
Dr. Staheli founded BYU Singers in 1984 and conducted the choir until his retirement in 2015. His long and distinguished international career has brought recognition and acclaim from the choral world. Dr. Staheli’s influence on the thousands of students who sang in his choirs will continue as they teach their own students the art of music-making, along with his passion for excellence.