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Director, Andrew Gaydos | Accompanist, Jeannie Goodwin

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Dr. Alex Favazza Jr. ~ Director

Dr. Alex T. Favazza, Jr. is Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer in Music in the music department at the University of New Hampshire where he conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and teaches Techniques and Methods in Choral Music.His research interests include Choral Literature, Estonian choral music, and Music Education.

Favazza earned his Ph.D. in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Florida State University where he studied with André J. Thomas and served as assistant conductor of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. During his time with TCC, the group was received the American Prize in Choral Performance and Favazza was a finalist for the American Prize in Choral Conducting. While at Florida State, Favazza also served as a fieldwork supervisor in Music Education for preservice teachers. In 2017, Favazza was selected as a Fellow for the Chorus America choral-orchestral masterclasses in California where he conducted members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony.

He received his M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2015 and his BME in Vocal Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009. Favazza is a native of Tennessee where he taught public school choir in Memphis, TN.

As a composer, Favazza’s choral works are published by Hinshaw Music and Colla Voce Music. His school, community and church choirs throughout the United States.

Favazza, baritone, is active as a singer and has recently performed with professional groups such as the Tallahassee Bach Parley and Chamber Choir. He is also an active church musician. Favazza and his wife Melanie and thier new son Alex, currently live in Dover, New Hampshire.

Jeannie Goodwin ~ Our Accompanist

Jeannie F. Goodwin graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Music Education and a major in piano.  Although she was qualified to teach K-12, piano teaching quickly became her passion.  She jeannie goodwinhas been an independent music teacher ever since and has maintained an active piano studio specializing in transfer students and adults.  Her membership in the Music Teacher’s National Association keeps her active at state, division and national levels. At First Parish Church in Dover, NH she founded several vocal and handbell choirs.   The teenage handbell choir “Youth-A”Peal, which she directed for seventeen years, did extensive touring and performing in the New England area.  She served a brief term as Music Director and also as director of the Senior Choir.  Currently she is the Senior Choir accompanist as well as working with RCS.   Jeannie and her husband Dale are avid sailors and they spend a large part of their summers cruising the coasts of Maine & Canada.  Two longer trips included one to Nova Scotia for one entire summer and one down the inland waterway to the Bahamas and back.  When she is not practicing, teaching or performing her other passions are her grandchildren, reading and knitting.

Photo of Andrew Gaydos by David J Murray, www.cleareyephoto.com

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