OCS Artistic Staff

 
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Dr. Jeffery Redding, Artistic and Executive Director

Jeffery Redding, Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, has led his choirs in performances at state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors' Association (ACDA). West Orange choirs have earned first place awards at Heritage Festivals of Gold in California, Chicago, New York and at the Festival of Spirituals in Washington D.C. While participating in the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy, West Orange received the Gold Award for best choir, with Dr. Redding honored as top director.

Nationally, Dr. Redding is in demand as a guest conductor and lecturer. He has conducted the ACDA National High School Honor Choir, the Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the North Central Division ACDA Honor Choir, the Eastern Division ACDA Honor Choir and All-State and Honor choirs in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, South Dakota, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In 2014, Dr. Redding was the only American adjudicator at the International Choral Festival, Verona, Italy. Additionally, he conducted at the TAISM Festival of Choirs in Muscat, Oman. He was the artistic director for Limerick Sings International Choral Festival in Limerick, Ireland in 2018. In the coming months, he will be conducting the Honors Young Adults Choir, at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. He will also be conducting the Alaska All-State Treble Choir, and will hold the position of Artistic Director for Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria.

Previously Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University (WVU), Dr. Redding has been featured as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, and Orchestra Hall on numerous occasions. He was also honored to give the prestigious TEDx Talk. He is also one of the conductors for Disney's Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Recognized for his achievements and service in the profession, Dr. Redding was awarded the R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for dedicated service, leadership, and excellence by the Florida Chapter of ACDA in November 2015 and was also a 2017, and is the 2019 Winner of the GRAMMY Award for Music Education.

Dr. Redding is founder and Artistic Director of the Garden Community Choir and Voci del Cuore (Voices of the Heart) in Winter Garden, Florida, and is the Executive & Artistic Director of the Orlando Choral Society, founded this year. He also serves as the Director of Worship Arts for the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. Formerly with the Moses Hogan Singers, he remains active as a singer in the professional male singing group, "Brethren." The Jeffery Redding Passion and Purpose Choral Series is a compilation of new choral music by various composers, published by Cola Voce Music, Inc.

Dr. Redding holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education and a Master of Music Education, both from the Florida State University, and a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University. He is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FVA, NATS, and Chorus America. In the Florida Vocal Association (FVA) he has served as District 8 Chairperson. In the Florida ACDA, he has served as State R&R Chair for Ethnic Music/Multicultural Affairs, Co-Chair for the High School Mixed Honor Choir, and Youth/Student Activities. He also served as the State R&R Chair for High School Mixed Choir for Florida ACDA and R&R Chair for Community Choirs, Southern Division ACDA.

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Christine Le, Assistant Artistic Director

J. Christine Le has been the director of choral activities at Olympia High School since 2015. Mrs. Le earned her bachelor’s degree in choral music education from Centenary College of Louisiana, studying under Dr. Julia Thorn. She completed her Masters of Music at Michigan State University in 2015, studying under Dr. David Rayl, Dr. Sandra Snow, and Dr. Jonathan Reed. A native of Louisiana, Mrs. Le taught middle school choir, show choir, and music appreciation in Shreveport, Louisiana. While in Louisiana, Mrs. Le studied piano under Donna Toney and Dr. Gay Grosz. Under these mentors, Mrs. Le won piano concerto competitions and performed with orchestras in Baton Rouge and Shreveport. She served as collaborative pianist for the Caddo-Bossier Select Honor Choir in 2011 and 2012, and she has accompanied University High School in their performances at FMEA and Southern Division ACDA.

Mrs. Le has served as conductor, clinician, and accompanist for United Methodist churches in Louisiana, Michigan, and Florida. She has adjudicated for choral festivals in Michigan and Florida, including the Orlando Worldstrides Heritage Festival. She has presented interest sessions at the Louisiana ACDA and Florida Music Educators’ Association conferences. Mrs. Le serves on the OCPS All-County Choir Committee. She is a member of ACDA, NAfME, FMEA, and FVA.

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Ledean Williams, Pianist

Ledean Williams served as the original accompanist for the Garden Choir from 2008 to 2012, and was thrilled to perform with the choir in its 2011 Carnegie Hall debut. She was excited to return to the growing choir in 2017, just in time for the inaugural season of Voci del Cuore. Ledean has performed alongside vocalists and instrumentalists in solo, choral, chamber, musical theater, and church settings, including performances with The Orlando Chorale, Eastern Shore Choral Society, Mobile Piano Ensemble, choirs at Florida State University and Louisiana State University, and a wide range of high school choral programs, honor choirs, and choral competitions.

Ledean holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida State University, and a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University.