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October 20, 2010

Brady Allred resigns

Salt Lake Tribune (UT):

Brady Allred, director of choral studies at the University of Utah’s school of music, resigned from his position over the weekend, leaving behind an endowed chair and scores of music students enamored by his skills as a teacher.

“While I will greatly miss working day to day as a member of the music faculty, unexpected personal and family circumstances have necessitated this change,” said Allred, who is married and the father of four daughters, in a statement issued over the weekend. “My family and I feel that it is the best decision for us. I have every confidence that my colleagues and the students in the school of music will continue to thrive.”

Robert Baldwin, interim director of the U.’s music school, informed students of Allred’s decision during Monday classes. In late September, Allred had applied for four weeks of personal leave, and graduate students had temporarily taken over his teaching and directing responsibilities, Baldwin said.

Monday’s announcement still came as a shock to most students. “We’ve been worried about him, but we have to respect his privacy,” said Paul May, 21, a music major who has studied for two years under Allred.

On Monday, students inside and outside the U.’s Gardner Hall said Allred will be remembered for a seven-year tenure in which he built an established choral program into one of international stature.

Allred directed the school’s A Cappella Choir, with 90 voices, and the elite auditioned choir of University Singers, with 45 junior and senior students. He led the University Singers on tours to Israel, Spain, Germany and France, where the group won top international prizes.

“I don’t understand his reasons for resigning, but I respect and remember him as a fine man and a great musician,” said Christopher Johnson, 25, who sang with the University Singers under Allred. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at October 20, 2010 12:00 AM

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