The Richmond Register

January 9, 2014

Madison Singers gear up for spring semester


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — If you love to sing or would like to improve your vocal techniques the Madison Singers of the Richmond Area Arts Council is the perfect choir for you.

It is directed by Dr. Richard Waters, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Eastern Kentucky University, where he directs the university’s three choral ensembles. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral literature.

“Dr. Waters has just the right balance of good direction and fun that makes you feel relaxed while at the same time challenged,” Trudy Conway, a member of the Madison Singers, says of Waters.  “I love his technique and use of humor to get us to sing our best and teach us to work with one another and the audience.”

Rehearsals for the spring semester begin Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.

The choir is open to anyone interested in singing and working with one of the best choral conductors and music educators in Kentucky. Enrollment remains open after rehearsals begin.

The Madison Singers will present several performances this spring, including a concert May 19 concert at First Christian Church.

“In his short time with the Madison Singers, Dr. Waters has brought enthusiasm and energy to the group and we are looking forward to working with him this spring, a Madison Singers members said anticipating the upcoming semester. “In rehearsals he is efficient, effective and funny!”

From 2003-2011,  Waters was Director of choral Activities at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. In 2008 he received the DSU Foun-dation Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Choirs under his direction were invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Associa-tion, Southern Division Con-ference in Memphis (2010) and the Mississippi ACDA/ MMEA state conference in Jackson (2007, 2011).

His choirs have performed in several notable national and international venues, including Carnegie Hall, Washington National Cathedral, York Minster , Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford), St. Bride’s Church (London) in England as well as Salzburg Cathedral and Karlskirche (Vienna) in Austria and St. Nicholas Church in Prague, Czech Republic.

A lifelong church musician, Waters has served churches in Connecticut, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.  A native of Virginia, he began singing as a treble in the All Saints Choir of men and Boys in Richmond, Va.

Join us for an outstanding year of fun and music making!

Tuition is $60 per semester. The fee is waived for  EKU or high school students. Call 624-4242 or email debbie@artsinrichmond.org for more details or to become a member.