André de Quadros (artistic director)

andreAndré de Quadros, conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, writer, and human rights activist has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries around the globe.

A sought after conductor and clinician, André de Quadros is Music Director and Conductor of the Manado State University Choir (Indonesia) with which he toured France, Sweden, Sri Lanka, and Poland in 2010 winning a first prize at the Warsaw International Competition, and in summer 2012 took the US by storm at the Yale International Choral Festival, New York City’s River to River Festival, and engagements in Boston, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. Upcoming engagements for MSUC include appearances at the Choralies festival in the south of France in August 2013 and the World Symposium on Choral Music in Korea in 2014. De Quadros’s previous conducting engagements of note include the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Bulgaria with which he toured Spain, the Massachusetts All-State Chorus (USA), the Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra (USA), the Prokofiev Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Nusantara Chamber Orchestra (Indonesia), the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Monash Orchestra, and the Jauna Muzika Choir (Lithuania).

An ardent human rights and social change activist, André de Quadros believes that consensus music-making can bring people and cultures together. To that end, he has been at the forefront of efforts for music and social change. In 2008, he co-created Aswatuna: Arab Choral Festival in Jordan that brought together choirs from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. The festival was such a success that it was repeated in 2012. In 2010, he co-directed a historic project with Palestinian and Israeli choral musicians in East Jerusalem working to foster understanding between the two communities. This project has continued on a regular basis and is called the Community Heartsong. A staunch advocate for the democratization of music, André de Quadros teaches in two Massachusetts prisons. He is a member of the Scientific Board of the International Network for Singing Hospitals and a member of the steering committee of Conductors Without Borders. André de Quadros was part of a multi-year, externally funded arts and public health research project that was pioneered in Peru and may be replicated in other marginalized parts of the world to discover the power between the arts and public health. He is a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Arts & Health.

André de Quadros is at the forefront of conducting pedagogy and has pioneered a process of music-making that stretches the boundaries of traditional choral music-making by developing new cross-cultural experimental repertoire with influences of Arab, Indian, Latin American, and Indonesian music. He is the Artistic Director of the Bali International Choir Festival and Artistic Director for the London Summer Festival; a member of Interkultur’s World Choir Council; and an advisor on the Board of the International Federation for Choral Music.

As author and editor, André de Quadros has edited the prestigious Cambridge Companion to Choral Music for Cambridge University Press; is co-editor and co-author of Tanglewood II: Summoning the Future of Music Education published by GIA Press; and author of Choral Music in Global Perspective to be published by Routledge. He is general editor of the Carmina Mundi series of Carus-Verlag; editor of Cantemus, Salamu Aleikum: Choral Music of the Muslim World, and Music of Asia and the Pacific all published by Earthsongs (USA); and Songs of the World published by Hinshaw Music (USA). Since 2011, he has been the founding director of the Music Research and Creative Network of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), the fourth largest online repository in the world.

André de Quadros is a Professor of Music at Boston University. He has held a number of leadership positions at Boston University, including Director of the School of Music, Chair of the Music Education Department, Chair of the Department of Music in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Artistic Director of the Tanglewood Institute. Professor de Quadros also holds affiliate faculty positions in the African Studies Center, Center for the Study of Asia, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, and the Prison Education Program at Boston University.

Prior to his current positions in the USA, he was an associate professor at Monash University in Australia. His degrees are from the University of Bombay, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Monash University, and the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg.

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