Paul Laprade Appointed to Choral Directors’ Association

February 7, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

USF’s Paul Laprade, assistant music professor and Director of choral activities.

The University of St. Francis (USF) congratulates assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, Paul Laprade, on his appointment to the Illinois American Choral Directors’ Association (IL-ACDA) as the repertoire and research chair for colleges and universities.

In this position, Laprade will serve as a resource for research and will define repertoire quality for college and university music and choral professors within the state of Illinois. Laprade will also be challenged to develop more opportunities for collegiate conductors and groups at the state level as well as selecting the music that is introduced and conducted at state and regional conventions.

Laprade is honored to be involved in this influential and important professional group. His involvement will also carry benefits for the students in the music department at USF.

“This position will open doors for our students in terms of access to research and professional development opportunities,” says Laprade. “For example, the Central/Midwest conference for ACDA will be held this month in Chicago and by volunteer opportunities made possible by my position, students can gain free access to the three-day convention its lectures, poster sessions, concerts, and demonstrations.”

In addition to providing students greater access to resources, Laprade’s involvement will also increase the visibility of the music department at St. Francis as well.

“I will have the opportunity to discuss the great achievements of our students at a state level,” says Laprade. “Just as I will gain access to information from other colleges and universities from the state, those groups will also have access to USF. Sharing our content can only serve to strengthen and diversify the music program at USF. It will build our network and create new opportunities for our students.”

Laprade was hired at the University of St. Francis in the fall of 2017. He teaches music theory and music history, and assumes the direction of the Schola Cantroum, Concert Chorale and Swingin’ Saints choral groups. Laprade also supports performing students with piano accompaniment and the preparation of music for the spring musical, events and performances throughout the year. Prior to USF, he taught at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Ill. in a similar capacity.

Laprade earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Rhode Island College. He has both a master’s degree in music theory and doctorate from Eastman School of Music, as well as additional master’s degrees from Westminster Choir College in music, choral conducting and music.

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., is a Catholic, Franciscan university that serves 4,100 students nationwide; offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are more than 48,000 USF alumni across the globe.

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