Drew A. Young, Artistic Director and Conductor
Drew A. Young is an accomplished professional vocalist, choral director and conductor.
An Orlando, Florida native, Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rollins College, where he served as the principal student conductor for the College’s choir and as a teaching assistant for the basic conducting courses offered. He was an active voice in the Central Florida arts community and served in many capacities in the concert and church music scenes. His tenure with the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park as both soloist and chorister has been lauded as “displaying the right amount of gravity” (Orlando Sentinel) in his vocal interpretations of Handel with the Bach Festival concert series “Insights and Sounds.” In 2018, he was hired to tour the state of Florida as a vocalist with the HBO National Concert tour of “Game of Thrones: Live in Concert” under the baton of renowned composer and conductor Ramin Djawadi. As a church musician, he has held staff singer positions with the First Congregational Church of Winter Park and the Catholic Diocese of Central Florida, most importantly singing for special masses at the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.
Since coming to Virginia to study at Shenandoah Conservatory for his M.M. in Choral Conducting, Drew has created a foothold in his new environment. He serves as the Assistant Director of Music and Conductor for Trinity Episcopal Church in the village of Upperville, VA. Within the Conservatory, he serves as the Co–director of the Conservatory’s tenor/bass ensemble in addition to teaching undergraduate conducting courses during faculty absences.
Drew keeps an active performance schedule. Most recently he sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Edwin Outwater in Orlando. He was featured as a CORO young artist at the Des Moines Choral Festival in the summer of 2022 and presented six concerts in Iowa.
Mr. Young’s academic interests focus on Moravian music, and he has edited several 17th century Moravian choral manuscripts.
Drew is proud to be a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Florida Music Educators Association. He is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
(Photo: Kenneth Brewster Edwards)
Connie Gallond, Pianist and Rehearsal Accompanist
Connie Gallond is a highly respected pianist and accompanist with longstanding ties to the northern Shenandoah Valley music community. Currently affiliated with Frederick County (VA) Public Schools, she has worked extensively with youth and adult choral groups across the region.