André HeywoodChoir Director
A highly sought after clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, Mr. Heywood is a well-known specialist in developing young voices. He has conducted middle school and high school honour choirs in the U.S. and Canada, and his ensembles have performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, the International Choral Festival for Men and Boys, the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival, and at state and division conferences of the ACDA. He recently held conducting positions with the University of Toronto, Hamilton Children’s Chorus and St. Michael’s Choir School, and is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt.
Born in Trinidad, André Heywood grew up and studied in London, Ontario earning undergraduate degrees in both Biochemistry and Music Education, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from The University of Western Ontario. A former chorister of the Amabile Boys’ and Men’s Choirs, Mr. Heywood served as the group’s assistant conductor for two years before moving to Minnesota in 2007. Since then he has worked on the campus of Saint John’s Abbey and University, serving as Artistic Director of The Saint John’s Boys’ Choir, conductor of the Saint John’s Abbey Schola (monastic choir), Liturgical Music Director at Saint John’s Preparatory School, and as an adjunct faculty member at the university where he directs two ensembles and teaches graduate choral conducting. He has twice been awarded by the American Choral Directors’ Association of Minnesota – in 2011 with the VocalEssence Creative Programming Award, and in 2013 as the Outstanding Young Director of the Year.