Andrew Crane, conductor
Andrew Crane joined the BYU faculty in 2015, where his main duties include conducting the Brigham Young University Singers and teaching courses in the graduate conducting curriculum. 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 numerous state, regional, and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and National Collegiate Choral Organization. Recent examples include the 2022 ACDA Western Division conference in Long Beach, CA, the 2019 ACDA national conference in Kansas City, MO, the 2020 ACDA Western Division conference in Salt Lake City, UT, and the 2017 NCCO national conference in Baton Rouge, LA.
In May 2022 Dr. Crane led the BYU Singers to multiple first place prizes at the 22nd International Stasys Šimkus Choir Competition (Klaipėda, Lithuania), including the Grand Amber award for best choir; as well as first place in the Mixed Choir division and overall Grand Prix winners in the 2020 International Youth Choir Festival “Aegis Carminis” (Koper, Slovenia). In 2015, he conducted the East Carolina University Chamber Singers to first place honors at the 13th Maribor (Slovenia) International Choral Competition Gallus, and in 2012 the same ensemble, under his direction, was named winner of The American Prize in Choral Performance, College/University Division.
Additionally, Crane enjoys a part-time career as a professional 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. As a soloist, he has performed the tenor roles in much of the standard concert repertoire for chorus and orchestra.
Active as a conductor of honor choirs, clinician, adjudicator and presenter, Crane also serves as immediate Past President of Utah ACDA, and recently completed a four-year term on the national ACDA Standing Committee for Composition Initiatives. In addition, Crane curates a choral series under his name through Walton Music. He and his wife Casandria (also a BYU alumna) reside in American Fork, UT and are the parents of four children.
DMA, Choral Conducting, Michigan State University
MM, Choral Conducting, Brigham Young University
BM, Music Education, Brigham Young 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.