The Joyful Noise Festival Honor Choirs will be a two day, Destination Honor Choir Invitational that will bring students together from all over the Southeastern United States. Students from seventh through twelfth grades will experience world-class instruction from composer and conductor Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (Oklahoma State University), as well as the comraderie that learning and performing beautiful music together inevitably brings. Membership in these elite festival choirs will be based upon director recommendation only. Students will be part of an All-State caliber event while enjoying the beautiful and historic setting that is offered at The Jekyll Island Club Resort. The event will culminate in a festival performance, which will be open to the public, beginning at 5 pm on October 12.
Z. Randall Stroope is an American composer, conductor and university professor. Randall has conducted concert in 25 countries, is the Artistic Director of two international summer festivals, and has directed music for Vatican mass on 10 different occasions. In the last year, he has conducted in Hong Kong, Rome, Singapore, Barcelona, Dublin, and St. John (Canada). In the United States, Randall has conducted nearly 40 performances at Carnegie Hall, and numerous appearances at Chicago Orchestra Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other venues. He has conducted 44 all-state choirs. Ensembles under his direction have performed at two national ACDA conventions, four regional ACDAs, and numerous state conventions. He has made nearly 70 YouTube recordings, as well as 13 compact discs.