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About the Composer Jeffery L. Ames (b. 1969) serves as Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. Prior appointments include Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University and Choral Director at Edgewater High School and Lincoln High School in Florida. As a choral clinician, Dr. Ames has conducted senior and junior high school mixed and male choirs at the state and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator's National Conference, including the inaugural Florida Male All-State Chorus, and at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Choir. He has performed and guest conducted internationally in the countries of Italy and Costa Rica. With a growing reputation as a distinguished and well-respected composer and arranger, Dr. Ames' music has been premiered by the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida American Choral Directors Association, the Southern Division of ACDA, the National ACDA Conferences in Los Angeles and Miami, and most recently heard on 2009 Christmas at Belmont, which aired on National Public Television.
Professor Ames holds the Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Choral Music Education and a Master of Choral Music Education degree from The Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree, with a double major in Vocal Performance and Piano Accompanying, from James Madison University. He holds the honor of being the first recipient of the National ACDA James Mulholland Choral Music Fellowship.

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