FERNANDO MALVAR-RUIZ, Litton-Lodal Artistic Director
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Artistic Director of the American Boychoir, began his musical studies at the age of ten in his native Spain. His undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music theory are from the Reál Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, and he has also completed his Kodály certification in Kécskemet, Hungary, where he was awarded the prestigious Sharolta Kodály scholarship. He also holds a master's degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University and has completed all coursework toward a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Illinois.
Widely sought after internationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician, Malvar-Ruiz is recognized as an expert in the adolescent male evolving voice. He joined the American Boychoir School as Associate Music Director in 2000 and was appointed to the position of Litton-Lodal Music Director in 2004. Each year, he leads the American Boychoir in over one hundred performances and on tours throughout the United States and the world.
During his tenure, the American Boychoir has performed for major national and international events including the 9/11 Memorial Service (broadcast worldwide live on CNN), the Academy Awards, the Youth AIDS Benefit Gala and the US Open Tennis Tournament, among others. The American Boychoir, under Mr. Malvar's leadership, was chosen to perform at the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma, the 2010 Kodály National Conference in Dallas, Texas, as well as many regional ACDA and NAFMA conventions.
In 2014, the American Boychoir made its feature film debut in Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas and newcomer Garrett Wareing. Members of the American Boychoir are prominently featured in the film, and Mr. Malvar-Ruiz appears as Maestro Molina, in addition to his roles as Music Director, Choirmaster and Arranger for the film.
Mr. Malvar-Ruiz served as Artistic Director and Guest Conductor for the 2005 World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong and the 2015 PICFEST in Eugene, OR. He has conducted honor choirs at American Choral Director's Association national and regional conventions and at the Organization of American Kodály Educators national conventions. For 11 summers, he instructed the summer master's program in Kodály at Capital University, and in 2007–2012, he served on the faculty at the Academia Internacional de Verano de Dirección Coral y Pedagogía Musical in Las Palmas, Spain.
FRED MEADS, Director of Vocal Studies
Fred Meads is enjoying his sixth year on the staff of the American Boychoir School, where he serves as the Director of Vocal Studies. His duties include teaching private voice lessons to all choristers, leading ear-training classes, and conducting daily rehearsals of the Training Choir. During the summer, he serves as Music Director for Camp Albemarle, the summer music camp at ABS, and as music assistant for the American Boychoir Experience, an auditioned camp for boys interested in attending the year-round school.
Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level in several states. From 1999-2009, he was Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir, where he led the group on national and international tours and commissioned works from diverse and renowned composers. Mr. Meads has been the guest director for honor choirs in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. In 2014 he conducted the ACDA Northwest Region Children's Honor Choir in Seattle, WA and in 2011, he conducted the OAKE National Children's Honor Choir in Phoenix, AZ. He has presented workshops for conferences of the Indiana Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, for music educators at Westminster Choir College and traveled to Hong Kong to present workshops for local music teachers and directors. He has served on the boards of the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association as a Repertoire and Standards Chair.
Mr. Meads received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH where he was the recipient of several scholarships. He was selected as a participant in master classes for Chorus America and the Toronto Children's Chorus and was a recipient of the Excellence in Arts Award by Arts United in Fort Wayne, IN.