Madrigal Festival 2017

Vermont ACDA presents its annual Madrigal Festival on Friday, December 8, 2017. More than 300 students from 15 high schools* across Vermont rehearse during the day. The concert that evening features selections from each of the high school ensembles, and combined works under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Richard Nickerson from Windham, ME (see bio below).  The all-festival chorus will sing Viva la Musica! by David L. Brunner, Muusika by Part Uusberg, and Walk in Jerusalem arranged by Rollo Dillworth.

Our madrigal festival moves to a new location this year- First Congregational Church Burlington located at 38 South Winooski Ave in Burlington, VT!

Tickets for the evening concert, open to the public, are just
$8 adults / $6 students & seniors / $20 family

*Students participating in the festival attend:

  • South Burlington
  • Burlington
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CVU
  • Mount Mansfield
  • Middlebury
  • Harwood
  • Rutland
  • Missisquoi
  • Hazen Union
  • North Country
  • Johnsbury Academy
  • Lyndon Academy
  • Mill River
  • Essex Children’s Choir

 We look forward to hearing high school singers from Vermont!

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Richard Nickerson has been Director of Choral Activities at Windham High School in Windham, Maine for the past 30 years. In addition to his duties at Windham High School, Dr. Nickerson is Minister of Music at North Windham Union Church.
In constant demand as a guest conductor and clinician, he has made guest appearances in 18 states, 4 Canadian provinces and 8 European countries. This year, he will conduct festival choirs in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York. He has conducted in major concert venues throughout the world, making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998. He returned to Carnegie Hall last April to conduct a festival choir made up of singers from Maine. He served for 8 seasons (2007-2014), as the conductor of the “Magic of Christmas” Chorus with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He also spent 8 years (2001-2009), as the Artistic Director of the Boy Singers of Maine. His choirs have performed for numerous dignitaries, including 3 US Presidents.
Dr. Nickerson has received numerous awards including Maine Music Educator of the Year, Maine Distinguished Choral Director of the Year and runner up for Maine Teacher of the Year. In January 2009, he was recognized by Choral Director Magazine as one of 10 “Choral Directors of Note” in the United States.  The past December, he was named as a top ten finalist for the Music Educator Grammy© Award.
He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Maine Music Educators Association, United Church of Christ Musicians Association, American Choral Directors Association and Choral Canada.  In 1997, a group of parents began a scholarship in his name, which is awarded each year to a Windham High School graduate planning to make choral music a part of their college experience.
Nickerson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education, the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music – University of Missouri – Kansas City.
He lives in Windham, Maine with his wife, Linda. He is the proud “papa” of twin daughters, Sarah, a recent graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont and Arianna, a recent graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine and stepfather to Ben and Laura.

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