Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County, Margaret Boudreaux, Director
The Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County, known formerly as the Carroll County Choral Arts Society, was founded in 1977 under the direction of conductor David Kreider. Since its founding, the group has brought the community the works of Mozart, Brahms, Haydn, Handel, and Mendelssohn, as well as contemporary composers. The group has performed in Baltimore at the Cathedral of Saint Mary Our Queen, and with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choir. It has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has jointly hosted several concerts in Washington, D.C. with the Georgetown University Orchestra and Choir at the National Building Museum and at Georgetown University. The Carroll Festival Chorus, which combined members of both the Masterworks Chorale and the McDaniel College Choir, was selected in July 2005 to participate in Festival 500, “Sharing the Voices,” held in St. Johns, Newfoundland. In 2006, members of Masterworks Chorale formed the nucleus of the choir that premiered Lorraine Whittlesey's "Einstein's Dreams (it’s about time . . .),” based on the novel Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman.
Dr. Margaret Boudreaux is the Artistic Director of the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County and the Director of Choral Activities at McDaniel College. She has edited, arranged and performed choral music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as folk-song, popular music, vocal jazz and musical theatre. She has published numerous articles and translations in the professional journals of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America and the International Federation of Choral Music. Currently, she has recently served as President of the Colleges and Universities division of the Maryland Music Educators Association and was the Maryland/DC Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Music for the American Choral Directors Association MD/DC Chapter for several years. A frequent clinician and conductor throughout the region, Dr. Boudreaux has performed with her choirs at conferences and for special presentations at the Kennedy Center, the Discovery Channel and other major Baltimore-Washington venues. In 2005, she conducted a choir at the Festival 500, “Sharing the Voices” International Choral Festival in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her publishing company, Voices of Training, carries a number of scores combining a variety of voice levels and styles. Voices of Training will soon release Lorraine Whittlesey’s new choral work Einstein’s Dreams (its about time . . .) based on the Alan Lightman novel Einstein’s Dreams, which Dr. Boudreaux conducted in its 2006 premiere. She studied conducting with Helmuth Rilling and Donald Neuen. She holds degrees in music from the Universities of Arizona in Tucson, Oregon in Eugene, and Colorado in Boulder. In May 2008 Dr. Boudreaux was awarded the Ira Zepp Excellence in Teaching Award by McDaniel College.