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Melinda O誰eal appointed Artistic Director & Conductor of the Handel Choir of Baltimore
Melinda O誰eal, Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, will assume leadership of the Handel Choir of Baltimore in September with the start of the Choir痴 seventieth season. O誰eal brings to the Handel Choir 25 years of experience as a choral and choral-orchestral conductor in the New England area. She is especially well known for her work with the Handel Society, one of Dartmouth痴 premier choral organizations. As the twelfth Artistic Director of the Choir, O誰eal assumes leadership from T. Herbert Dimmock III, now Director Emeritus.

O誰eal痴 move offers new opportunities for her and the Choir. O誰eal said, 的 am looking forward to getting to know the people of Baltimore, the city and its artistic and cultural personality, and to guiding the Handel Choir into a new era of heightened creativity and accomplishment. There is an astonishing treasure-trove of great choral and choral-orchestral music to be sung, played, heard music to be experienced first-hand and understood. I知 honored to become a part of the wonderful artistic liveliness of the region and part of the Handel Choir with its mission of both excellence and outreach.

Melinda O誰eal is a Berlioz scholar and holds both a Masters and a Doctorate of Music in choral-orchestral conducting from the Indiana University School of Music. A Maryland native, she will be in residence in the Baltimore area during the concert season while returning to her tenured position at Dartmouth during summer months. In addition, O誰eal is conductor of Boston Vocal Artists, a 8-10 voice professional vocal ensemble and a young artists training program.

Baltimore Office of Promotion & the ArtsBaltimore County Commission on Arts and SciencesHandel Choir of Baltimore is a GuideStar Exchange Member (click here for more info)All programs of the Handel Choir of Baltimore are made possible by support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.