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The Chorus could not function without the active leadership of the Artistic Director, Accompanist and Managing Director, as well as the many non-singing volunteers who assist with a wide-variety of activities throughout the year.

Ryan Fox

Ryan Fox

Artistic Director

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Dr. Ryan H. Fox is the Director of Choirs at Rogers High School in Rogers, Arkansas. Under his direction, the choirs at RHS have received superior ratings in prepared music and sight reading at choral assessment and received Gold ratings, best in class, sweepstakes award, and Outstanding Choral Group at a Heritage Music Festival. Ryan has also taught in the Springdale and Clarksville school districts and served as Director of Choral Activities at Henderson State University and Southwest Minnesota State University.

Ryan is active in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), currently serving as President of the Arkansas ACDA.  In previous years, he has served for Southwestern ACDA and Arkansas ACDA, organized ACDA honor choirs at the divisional and state level, and served on a divisional conference planning committee.

Ryan has also been a church musician for over 20 years and has worked in multiple denominations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota in a variety of capacities:  organist, chorister, pianist, choral director, and handbell director.

Ryan is a native of Greenwood, Arkansas.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from The University of Kansas, as well as the Master of Music in Choral Conducting and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas.


 

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Jeff Walker

Managing Director

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Originally from a rural community in Missouri, Jeff Walker has grown to love and appreciate the wonderful people and landscape in Arkansas.  Jeff is currently serving as a case manager at ARcare Special Services in Fayetteville, having previously spent a year coordinating special projects for 7hills Homeless Center as an introduction to social services.  Prior to this abrupt change in work, he practiced design and drafting at various firms in Missouri.  With a wide base of experience, Jeff has enjoyed success in the design, higher education, business and non-profit sectors.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University and a MBA from Webster University.

In 2011, he helped found and operate a gay men's chorus in Springfield, Missouri.  Jeff believes there is an incredible power that is created when people join together in song and looks forward to helping shape NWA Men's Chorus into a proud and inspiring part of the NWA community.

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André Strydom

Principal Accompanist

 


 

Born in Pietersburg, South Africa, André completed University careers in Johannesburg and worked for the Johannesburg General Hospital’s Department of Cardiology for 6 years prior to pursuing a career in music.  Having received his Licentiate Diploma (LTCL) in piano teaching from Trinity College of Music (U.K.), André came to the US in 1992 to pursue a Masters degree in orchestral conducting and organ performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

André has enjoyed a wide variety of positions over the course of his successful musical career, including pianist, accompanist, organist, conductor, and educator.  As a pianist and organist, André has played recitals and performed as an orchestral soloist on occasion, as well as accompanist to singers and instrumentalists.  He has served as Principal Pianist with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas (SONA).  He also currently assists a number of area junior high and high schools as piano accompanist.  As an orchestral conductor, he has conducted and directed performances that cover a wide range of music in the symphonic repertoire.  This has included conducting the Johannesburg Chamber Choir and Orchestra and the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas.  From September 2007 until May 2013, André served on the faculty of the Music Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he taught Music History & Appreciation, secondary piano classes (beginner through advanced), and served as accompanist for the Vesper Choir and recitals given by students and faculty.

André has also held a number of church appointments, including Minister of Music and Principal Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff, Artistic Director of the First Presbyterian Concert Series, and Director of Music and Organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Bentonville.  Outside of his church work, André is an active jazz performer, and was until recently Music Director of Ozark Bronze, a professional handbell ensemble located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


 

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