Andrew Megill

Artistic Advisor and Director of Choral Activities

Andrew Megill is recognized as one of America’s leading choral conductors, admired for his passionate artistry and unusually wide-ranging repertoire, which extends from early music to newly composed works. His performances have been praised for their “power, subtlety, and nuance” and “profound spirituality” [Le Devoir, Montreal], and have been described as “piercing the heart like a frozen knife” [Monterey Herald] and “leaving the audience gasping in amazement” [Classical NJ].

Andrew Megill frequently leads North America’s finest professional choirs. In addition to his work as Artistic Advisor and Director of Choral Activities for the Carmel Bach Festival, he serves as Chef de Choeur for the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and Choral Director for Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. He also regularly collaborates with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonie, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic for conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck du Burgos, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Neeme Järvi, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, John Nelson, Rafael Payare, and Julius Rudel.

Andrew Megill previously served as Music Director of the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra (with whom he frequently performed in Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls) and Chorusmaster for the Spoleto Festival USA (where he trained “the finest opera chorus in the world” [Charleston Post and Courier]). He has been a guest artist with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, TENET vocal ensemble, the Juilliard Opera Center, The Thirteen, Emmanuel Music (Boston), the choir of Trinity Church (Wall Street) in Manhattan, where he also served as interim choirmaster for. An accomplished orchestral conductor, he has conducted the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony.

Dr. Megill teaches at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he holds the Arthur L Rice Jr Professorship in Music. He previously taught at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and Westminster Choir College.

Andrew Megill has conducted regional or world premieres of works by Caleb Burhans, Paul Chihara, Dominic DiOrio, Sven-David Sandstrom, Caroline Shaw, Lewis Spratlan, Steven Stucky, Jon Magnussen, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Arvo Pärt, and Krzysztof Penderecki. He has collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Company, folk singer Judy Collins, puppeteer Basil Twist, and filmmaker Ridley Scott. Recordings of choirs conducted or prepared by him may be heard on the Decca, EMI, Canteloupe, Naxos, Albany, and CBC labels.

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