FERNANDO MALVAR-RUIZ, Litton-Lodal Music Director
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz is the Litton-Lodal Music Director of The American Boychoir. He leads the choir annually in over one hundred performances throughout the United States and tours with them internationally. During his tenure, The American Boychoir has performed for the 9/11 Memorial Service broadcast live on CNN around the world, the Academy Awards, the YouthAIDS Benefit Gala and the US Open Tennis Tournament. He prepares the choir for regular performances with some of the finest orchestras in the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, The Staatskapelle Berlin, The Philadelphia Orchstra, and has worked with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, and others.
A native of Spain, Mr. Malvar-Ruiz began his musical studies at the age of ten. After earning his undergraduate degree in piano performance and music theory from the Reál Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, he completed his Kodály certification in Kécskemet, Hungary, where he was awarded the Sharolta Kodály scholarship. He holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from 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, clinician, and recognized expert in the adolescent male evolving voice, Mr. Malvar-Ruiz has guest conducted throughout the world including the Kodály convention in Australia, the World Children’s Choir in Hong Kong, the Czech Republic, Bermuda and the Des Moines International Children’s Choral Festival. For 11 years, he instructed the summer master's Program in Kodály at Capital University and since 2008 has served on the faculty of the Internacional De Verano de Direccion Coral y Pedagogoia Musical in Las Palmas, Spain. Mr. Malvar-Ruiz also regularly conducts honor choirs and choral festivals throughout the United States for ACDA and OAKE regional and national conventions.
FRED MEADS, Director of Vocal Studies
As Director of Vocal Studies, Fred Meads trains choristers of The American Boychoir School through private vocal instruction and classes in music theory. He conducts the Training Choir daily and prepares its members for the musical and social demands of the advanced Concert Choir. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir from 1999-2009.
Mr. Meads has directed honor choirs in several states and presented workshops for the Indiana Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association and Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference in Dallas. Last spring, he traveled to Hong Kong to present workshop sessions for public school teachers and the YIP Children’s Choir. He served on the board of Indiana Choral Directors Association and currently is the boy choir representative for New Jersey-ACDA. He also serves as the Children’s Choir Director at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City and accompanist for the Princeton Girl Choir.
Mr. Meads received the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was selected as a participant in the Chorus America Master Class in San Francisco and the International Choral Conductor’s Symposium in Toronto. Further vocal studies include attending the Brevard and Bay View Music Festivals. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Excellence in Arts Education award presented by Arts United of Fort Wayne, Indiana.