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Dr. Julia Lynn Davids Joins North Park as Choir Director

Dr. Julia Lynn Davids Joins North Park University as Assistant Professor, Choir Director

CHICAGO, IL (August 24, 2010) – North Park University announced that Dr. Julia Lynn Davids will be joining its faculty in the Undergraduate School of Music and serving as director of the University Choir and Chamber Singers. She will be occupying the newly endowed Stephen J. Hendrickson chair in her new role at North Park.

Dr. Davids will be assuming classroom teaching for Materials and Methods in Elementary Music Education, Music Methods for Elementary Education, and Secondary Choral Methods and Materials. She also will lead the North Park University Choir and Chamber Singers, bringing her recognized talent to a University with a long tradition of choral excellence.

“I am looking forward to teaching a variety of academic courses and working with students on the numerous performance opportunities that are possible at North Park University,” said Dr. Davids. “Strong choral arts are vital to a strong music curriculum, and I am thrilled to be a full-time choral leader at such a well-known institution.”

Dr. Davids has a wealth of conducting and teaching experience, most recently serving as the artistic director for the North Shore Choral Society; the director of the Loyola Chorus, instructor of voice and conducting, Loyola University Chicago; artistic director of the Canadian Chamber Choir; and director of music ministries and chancel choir conductor for Trinity United Methodist Church.

Her education credentials include: Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University; a Master of Music in Conducting-Choral from the University of Michigan; a Master of Music in Performance-Voice, also from University of Michigan; a Bachelor of Education, Music (Choral/Instrumental) from University of Western Ontario; and a Bachelor of Music-Education, also from University of Western Ontario.

“We are honored to have a conductor and teacher of the quality of Dr. Davids join the School of Music. Our mission is helping students lead lives of significance through music, and we know that she will play a key role at North Park to achieve this,” said Neale Murray, dean of the School of Music.