Mississippi American Choral Directors Assocation


Male Vocal Symposium

Daniel Vernon, Men's Choirs R&R
Date: October 13, 2018
Location: Ridgeland High School
Clinician: Vincent Oakes

Rehearsal / Performance Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Seat Choir
9:15 a.m. Rehearsal Begins
10:45 Break
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Rehearsal
12:00 noon Lunch (provided)
12:45 p.m. Rehearsal
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Rehearsal on Stage
3:30 p.m. Change Clothes for Concert
4:00 p.m. Concert

Vincent Oakes, Clinician

Vincent Oakes is in his fifteenth year as Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from Emory University, studying conducting under James Morrow and Eric Nelson. In addition to teaching public school choral music and serving churches in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, he has also served as music director of the Emory University ​Exodus Singersand the Candler School of Theology ​Youth Theological Initiative​. A frequent choral clinician and guest conductor of honor and festival choirs, recent conducting engagements have included the Vocalizze Choral Festival in Portugal, the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program in Cuba, and honor choirs throughout the United States. Mr. Oakes has also been a conductor and clinician at the Lake Junaluska, Massenetta Springs, and Montreat worship music conferences. He has published articles and reviews in C​horal Journal​ and authored a chapter on working with children’s voices in the textbook C​horal Pedagogy​​ (3rd edition) ​by Robert Sataloff and Brenda Smith.

Mr. Oakes is an active member of National Association for Music Education, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), of which he served as Southern Division Chair of Boychoir Repertoire and Standards from 2005-2011. He is currently Past-President of the Tennessee chapter of ACDA and President-Elect of the Southern Division of ACDA. Mr. Oakes is also the Director of Choral Music at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, where he conducts four student ensembles and the faculty choir. He and his wife Dawn are the proud parents of Schubert choir member Brandon (age 9) and future CBC member Luke (7).