The Masterwork Chorus has announced that Andrew Megill, its music director of 15 years, has accepted the position of director of choral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will step down as music director at the end of 2014.
“It has been a joy to lead the Masterwork Chorus for the past 15 years,” said Megill. “I am deeply proud of the work we have done together, which has brought so much joy and beauty to our community. I will always feel a part of the Masterwork family, and look forward to seeing the Chorus continue to grow in the years ahead.”
Mr. Megill has been just the third music director in the chorus’s 59-year history. He was immediately preceded by David Briskin, who was music director from 1993-1999. Masterwork’s first music director, the late David Randolph, led the chorus for 38 years, from its beginning in 1955 through 1992. During Megill’s tenure, Masterwork continued its annual Carnegie Hall performances, resumed its popular summer sing program, and started a chamber ensemble.
“We have been extremely fortunate to work under the leadership of such an accomplished music director and gifted teacher as Andrew. We wish him the very best at Illinois,” said Ann DeCamp, Masterwork president. “We have put a process in place to aid us in this transition and identify a new music director.” As part of the transition process, Masterwork’s spring 2015 concerts will feature guest conductors. Additional details about the music director position will be available on our website, www.masterwork.org.