Andrew Schmidt is a native of Southern Illinois. His parents passed along their love and respect for music by enrolling their son in piano lessons at age six, and adding oboe lessons at age nine. High school choir sparked a passion for choral music that has since become the driver of Andrew's life. He holds a M. M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers, as well asa B.M.E. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Il.Currently, Andrew is the Music Director of the Sangre de Cristo Chorale in Santa Fe, NM. He also holds the position of Lead Voice Faculty and Officer of Assessment at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Andrew Schmidt's work with the Masterworks Chorale (Belleville, IL) was aired on St. Louis Public Radio's "Cityscape". Additionally, he has conducted at the Sarteano Chamber Choir Festival, Princeton Festival, National Conductor's Symposium, Rodney Eichenberger Conducting Workshop, University of Illinois Conductor's Symposium, Big Sky Choral Masterclass, and Montreal Choral Masterclass.Andrew held a University of Washington FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship for Estonian and Baltic/Western European Studies. He was also the recipient of aU.S. Student Fulbright Fellowship to Estonia where he lived, studied, and researched in Tallinn, Estonia as well as sang and toured with Tallinna Kammerkoor. He has also sung with nationally renowned groups like Seattle Pro Musica (Dir. Karen P. Thomas), the Kinnara Ensemble (Dr. J.D. Burnett) and The Esoterics (Dir. Eric Banks), and worked as a soloist with choirs throughout the Pacific Northwest, American Southwest, and Central Midwest regions.Andrew becomes the 3rd Music Director in the 33-year history of the Festival Singers. He would consider it a privilege to answer questions and to share his vision for the ensemble with every prospective singer and with all who love our heritage of great choral music in Atlanta.Contact Andrew Phillip Schmidt anytime at ASchmidt@FestivalSingers.org.