Summer Institute Choral Director; Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Conducting Division at Texas Tech University, where he conducts the University Choir, Madrigal Singers and the Lubbock Chorale, and supervises the graduate programs in choral conducting. Dr. Dickson is an internationally recognized conducting pedagogue as well as a strong advocate for church music, having served as an active church musician and educator for over twenty-five years. He has held the Repertoire and Standards Chair in Music and Worship for the Southern Division of the ACDA, and his choirs have sung for regional and national ACDA conventions as well as for the Association of British Choral Directors convention in 2003.
Summer Institute Assistant Choral Director and Accompanist, he serves on the choral and opera faculty of Texas Tech University and also conducts and performs with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; formerly Associate Artistic Director of Voice of Kentuckiana ( Louisville, KY ) and a music consultant for the Kentucky Operation Association. He has performed at both division and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and served as a Repertoire and Standards chairperson for the ACDA Southern Division. He has performed with numerous university, professional, festival, and All-State choruses.
Best known for his award-winning performances from off-Broadway to Los Angeles, as well as record-breaking runs in Atlanta and Dallas of the celebrated musical “Cotton Patch Gospel.” His one-man play, “C.S. Lewis on Stage,” has been presented internationally. He also performs “The Revelation of John," and “Screwtape in Person.” Film and television appearances include “In the Heat of the Night,” “I'll Fly Away,” “Following Her Heart,” “Getting Out,” and many others.
City of Oxford Orchestra
Founded in 1965, Oxford’s professional orchestra is firmly committed to providing live, classical music of the highest quality to the widest possible audience. The Orchestra has played to acclaim in most of the capital cities of Europe, while also providing year-round concerts in Oxford's beautiful, historic buildings - in particular, the stunning Sheldonian Theatre.
Riding Lights Theatre
Initially a community theatre project founded in York, England in 1977, today an arts organization touring up to three diverse companies simultaneously throughout the UK and abroad; recognized both as a pioneer in reinstating the value of theatre in Christian communication and for significant original and artistic achievement, its vision is to stage high-quality productions of both new and classic theatre, reach a broad audience with work of lasting value, and reawaken a strong dramatic tradition within the Christian community.
C.S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia
UK premiere of Faith and Values Media’s Hallmark Channel documentary on the life of Lewis; Norman Stone, director; Karen Pascal, producer; Edward J. Murray, William Spencer Reilly and Jeffrey C. Weber, executive producers.
A leading mezzo-soprano who has established herself as an international vocal artist; concert appearances have included the Brooklyn Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Chicago's Grant Park Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Basel Chamber Orchestra at the Zürich Tonhalle, the Juilliard Symphony, and Carnegie Hall, as well as concert soloist at Oxbridge 2002, “Time and Eternity.” Currently she is a member of the voice faculty at the School of Music, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Randall M. Hasson
An artist who specializes in calligraphy combined with illustration to create multiple levels of interpretation in his works. The written word in text form is used in his paintings to create impact visually and emotionally, while inviting the viewer to “discover” elements over time that are not readily discernible at first glance. Randall had a brief college background in illustration before going into the business world as a sales representative for the insurance industry. After 12 years away from art, he was formally trained as a Calligrapher, and has appeared on the faculty of six international Calligraphy conferences as a lecturer, teacher and juror. Various publications have carried examples of his work, including Somerset Studio Magazine, Ranch and Coast Magazine, Art and Antiques Magazine, Décor and Style, and Letter Arts Review. His work has appeared in books as cover artwork - "Praying For Israel's Destiny" by James W. Goll (Chosen Publishing), The Art Of Singing by Jennifer Hamady (Hal Leonard Publishing). In addition, his painting "Forever" appears in Art Journey: New Mexico.
A physician/musician who practices Family Medicine and Obstetrics in California, is gaining recognition as an inspiring and highly original musical artist. Jeff's music is distinguished by it's lyrical depth, presented in a variety of genres on acoustic guitar. "These 12 self-penned tracks convey profound, mature Christianity," says Cross Rhythms Magazine UK of Jeff's debut album, "God in a Box." Jeff's newest (June 2005) release, "Beautiful God," features his three daughters, coming June 2005.
A group of four musicians who entertain with a unique combination of singing, instrumental music and spoken word, encompassing west gallery harmony, traditional songs, glees, dances, marches, poems and stories. With their authentic instruments and songs they have performed all over England, and taken their music to Europe , Africa and the United States. They have also appeared in productions for film, television, radio and theatre. They will perform for the dinner and country dance at Chilford Hall, outside Cambridge, teaching the steps as they play.
John Featherstone is a British singer-songwriter and composer of contemporary religious music who has been living and working in France for the last 15 years. John’s bilingual musical output (12 albums to date) is characterised by its diversity of style and its intense desire to communicate a coherent biblical worldview. He tours widely in Europe, being invited to sing and speak by both Protestant and Catholic communities. His choral works include a trilogy of cantatas on the theme of the birth, life and passion of Christ and CREDO, a cross-over work for two choirs and contemporary chamber group which celebrates the central truths of the Christian faith. He is choir director for the Vaux sur Seine Evangelical Theology Faculty.
Springs Dance Company
Springs Dance Company is Europe's foremost professional Christian dance company. In existence since 1979, SDC performs and teaches in theatres, churches, schools, colleges, universities, outreach missions, conferences and festivals, both in the UK and internationally.
Ruth Hughes received a first-class honors degree in dance theatre from the Laban Centre, London, and has performed with Springs Dance Company for 8 years, becoming the artistic director in 2003. Ruth holds a P.G.C.E. in dance education and has taught and performed nationally and internationally both with Springs Dance Company and as a freelance.