Guest Conductors

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Dr. Andrew Last

Luther College - Decorah, IA

Dr. Andrew Last is an Associate Professor of Music at Luther College where he conducts the Nordic Choir and teaches conducting. He also serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Luther and as Director of Dorian Summer Camps. Dr. Last is part of a vibrant choral program at Luther College that includes four choral faculty and over 500 singers in six choral ensembles. Luther choirs participate in the annual Christmas at Luther celebration, perform in biennial oratorios, and are featured at regional and national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions.

Prior to his appointment, Last served on the voice faculty of Concordia University (NE). Last holds a DMA in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was named a Hixon-Lied Fellow. He received his Master of Music from Northern Arizona University and his Bachelor of Arts in music education and voice from Luther College. Dr. Last is a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda and the academic honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. His high school teaching experience includes positions at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Tipton High School in Tipton, Iowa.

A frequent clinician and guest conductor around the United States and abroad (leading choirs in Namibia, South Africa, and Guam), Last is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.


Dr. Timothy Dixon

Messiah College - Mechanicsburg, PA

Timothy Dixon is the Director of Orchestral Studies at Messiah College (PA) the Music Director/Conductor of the American Youth Philharmonic and the Conductor Laureate of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (PA). He is active nationally as an inspiring conductor, an engaging communicator, and a committed educator.

His youthful enthusiasm and keen rehearsal abilities have been widely praised by musicians of all levels, from student to professional. He has conducted professional orchestras in the United States, Germany and Ukraine as well as numerous all-state, regional and district-level student festival orchestras on the East Coast and in the Midwest.

The orchestral program at Messiah College has flourished under Dixon’s leadership. During his tenure at Messiah College, he led the transformation from a small college-community chamber orchestra to a program consisting of a high-level symphony orchestra which performs major symphonies by Shostakovich and Mahler, collaborates with Pulitzer-prize winning composers such as Karel Husa, and regularly accompanies opera productions.

Before moving to Pennsylvania, Dixon served as the conductor of the University of Iowa Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Preucil School String Orchestra, an ensemble which has been featured on public radio and television as well as in international festivals and tours. Timothy Dixon has also served as the Music Director/Conductor of the Middletown Youth Symphony (OH), the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra (MI), the Michigan State University Musical Theater Department, and the Michigan State University Campus Orchestra. 

Timothy Dixon holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Iowa, the M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, and a B.A. and B.M. in Music and Music Education, respectively, from Miami University (OH). In academic settings and workshops, he has studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, Carl St. Clair, Adrian Gnam, Oleg Proskurnya, Leonid Korchmar (Kirov Opera/St. Petersburg Conservatory), William LaRue Jones, Leon Gregorian, Jacob Chi and Daniel Lewis.

Timothy Dixon lives outside of Harrisburg, PA with his wife, Roxanne, a music educator in the Camp Hill School District, his daughter, Delaney and son, Alex.