Dr. Alec Schumacker
Lecturer in Music
Alec Schumacker is presently the Choral Director at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, where he teaches four curricular choirs, a music history course. In February of 2015, he was elected the President-Elect of Hawai‘i-ACDA. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami, where he was the co-conductor of the University of Miami Maelstrom Men’s Ensemble and taught undergraduate courses in choral conducting and aural skills. A cum laude graduate with Highest Honors in Music from Williams College, he has conducted in prestigious venues around the world including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He was previously the interim director of the Master Chorale of South Florida, where he prepared the chorus for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and Andrea Bocelli. He also worked for the Miami Choral Academy, an after school tuition-free choir program for inner-city elementary school students.
An award-winning composer, Alec’s choral music is published by Alliance Music Publications. His works and arrangements have been performed around the country by prestigious groups such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the New World Symphony, the Amphion Men’s Ensemble, the Symphony of the Americas, and the Frost Chorale. His doctoral dissertation, Incorporating Popular Music into the Choral Classroom, provides a guide on arranging popular music for choirs of any ability level.