Andrew Peterson is an author, artist, and founder of the Rabbit Room – a community of songwriters, authors, and artists interested in storytelling, faith, and fellowship.
Andrew has produced numerous folk/rock/blues albums in his career as an artist, several of which have landed in the top ten of Billboard’s Top Christian Albums. His most recent release is titled The Burning Edge of Dawn. Several songs of his have also won recognition at the Dove Awards. He is the author of a four book fantasy series called The Wingfeather Saga. The second book in the series won the 2009 Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the fourth book in the series won the 2014 World Magazine Children’s Book of the Year.
The common thread in all this for Andrew is his love for Christ and his Kingdom, his belief in the power of story and art, and his need for family and community.
Max McLean is an award-winning actor and founder and artistic director of New York City-based Fellowship for Performing Arts.
Max adapted for the stage The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, The Great Divorce, Genesis and Mark’s Gospel. His recent writing and producing credits include Martin Luther on Trial, which premiered in New York in December. As an actor, he created the roles of Screwtape in New York, on national tour and last fall in London; C.S. Lewis in The Most Reluctant Convert on national tour and in an extended 15-week run in New York this year; Mark in Mark’s Gospel; and Storyteller in Genesis. Max received the Jeff Award—Chicago theatre’s highest honor—for his performance of Mark’s Gospel.
At the 2014 Oxbridge Summer Institute, Max delivered a dramatic presentation of Lewis’ The Weight of Glory.He has been nominated for four awards from the Audio Publishers Association for his narration of The Listener’s Bible. His creative work has been cited with distinction by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and CNN to name a few media outlets.
Malcolm Guite is an Anglican priest; Chaplain & Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University; a poet; and the lead singer and founder of the rock band Mystery Train.
His books include nonfiction – Beholding the Glory and What Do Christians Believe? – and poetry – The Singing Bowl; Waiting on the Word: A Poem a Day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany; and The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter. He also contributed to The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.
Guite teaches Literature and Pastoral Theology for the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. He is involved with a number of projects linking theology and the arts, and has published poetry, literary criticism and theology in various journals. As founder of the rock band, Mystery Train, he writes lyrics and performs on guitar and vocals. He has been a regular contributor to Oxbridge since 2005 as well as to Foundation conferences and retreats throughout the U.S.
J.A.C. Redford is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor of concert, chamber and choral music, film, television and theater scores, and music for recordings.
Among those who have performed his work are: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Joshua Bell, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Kansas City Chorale, LA Chamber Singers, LA Master Chorale, Anne Akiko Meyers, New York Philharmonic, Phoenix Chorale, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Utah Chamber Artists and Utah Symphony. The Alphabet of Revelation, Eternity Shut in a Span, Evening Wind, The Growing Season, Inside Passage, Let Beauty Be Our Memorial and Waltzing with Shadows are recordings devoted to his art music. Redford’s 500 episodes of television include multiple seasons of Coach and St Elsewhere, for which he was twice nominated for Emmy Awards.
He composed the scores for The Trip to Bountiful, Newsies and The Mighty Ducks II and III, conducted The Little Mermaid, and orchestrated the scores for Avatar, WALL-E, Bridge of Spies, Finding Dory, Passengers and Skyfall, for which he also arranged and conducted Adele’s Oscar-winning title song.
John Dickson, Conducting the 2017 Summer Institute Choir
John Dickson is currently the Stephanie Landry Barineau Professor of Choral Music and Chair of the Division of Ensembles and Conducting in the School of Music at Louisiana State University.
As Director of Choral Studies he conducts the internationally acclaimed A Cappella Choir and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting. Appointed as a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University, Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir in London. A second post-doctoral fellowship allowed him to serve as David Hill’s assistant conductor for The Bach Choir. Dickson’s work as chorus-master with The Bach Choir chamber ensemble resulted in a recording of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Pensieroso ed il Moderato with John Nelson and his Ensemble Orchestral de Paris on EMI’s Virgin Classics.
A strong advocate for church music, he championed artistic, graduate church music education for fifteen years as the Director of Choral Studies at the former graduate school of church music at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.
City of Oxford Orchestra
The City of Oxford Orchestra was founded in 1965 with a firm commitment to provide 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 whilst also providing all-year-round concerts in Oxford’s beautiful, historical buildings, in particular, Sir Christopher Wren’s stunning Sheldonian Theatre.
Ad Deum Dance Co.
Ad Deum Dance Company is a professional modern/contemporary dance company based in Houston, Texas. It is directed by its founder Randall Flinn, who established the company in January 2000.
Ad Deum has toured across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Their work has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine. Ad Deum has performed the works of many choreographers including Steve Rooks (former principal dancer with Martha Graham), Caleb Mitchell (former Houston Ballet dancer), Hope Boykin (Alvin Ailey), Stephen Wynne (Talk Dance Company), Bill Wade (Inlet Dance Theatre), Durell Comedy (Limon Dance Company), and Ryan Corriston (former dancer with Doug Varrone), as well as the works of Mr. Flinn and Ad Deum Company members.
Ad Deum’s purpose is to create and perform relevant and redemptive dance works that maintain a high standard of integrity, excellence and artistry, offering beauty, grace, and hope to those they serve.
The Mellstock Band
The Mellstock Band present the genuine sound of English traditional folk music – merry and majestic tunes, songs of love and laughter, carols and original harmonies.
The Band and its members have appeared in TV dramas Pride and Prejudice, Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and The Way We Live Now, and have featured in productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre. Furthermore, their albums have become standard works of reference for traditional music and song of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The band regularly give participatory workshops on West Gallery Singing, Carols from Dorset and Village Band Music.