2020 World Choir Festival Adjudicators
Jamie Hillman is a multi-faceted musician who is active as a conductor, singer, pianist, music educator, and composer. He is an assistant professor of music at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he directs the Gordon College Choir and Men’s Choir, teaches a number of vocal and music education courses, and coordinates the vocal area. As a Boston University Prison Arts Scholar and faculty member of BU’s Metropolitan College/Prison Education Program, he has co-initiated a music program at a large, medium-high security men’s prison in Massachusetts. His previous teaching includes Beaver Country Day School, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Csehy Summer School of Music, and Phillips Academy.
As a tenor soloist, Hillman has recently performed major choral-orchestral works by Beethoven, R. Nathaniel Dett, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Ramirez, Saint-Saëns, and Schütz with choruses and orchestras in the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia. As a professional choral singer, he has recorded and toured with Canadian Chamber Choir, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and Vox Futura.
As a pianist, Dr. Hillman has shared the stage with numerous choirs including Boston Children’s Chorus and Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, and professional singers including Desiree Hassler and Kevin McMillan. His choral compositions have been performed in Asia, Europe, and North America by ensembles including Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto, Boston Children’s Chorus, Calgary Girls Choir, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Oakville Choir for Children & Youth, Worcester Children’s Chorus, and numerous other school, church, and community choirs. His Christmas carol, Who Would Have Thought, is published by Cypress Choral Music.
Dr. Hillman is an examiner for Conservatory Canada and has adjudicated, guest conducted, and presented throughout the United States and Canada, and in France, India, and Indonesia. Most recently, he has led All-State or honor choirs in Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Ontario, Canada. He has adjudicated for Bandung International Choir Competition, Carowinds Festival of Music, Fantastic Festivals, Festivals of Music, Great East Festivals, Manitoba ChoralFest, Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Music in the Parks, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincials, Rhythms International, Tomohon International Choir Competition, WorldStrides, Rhode Island ACDA, and Kiwanis Music Festival Windsor-Essex County.
You can find out more about Jamie and the amazing work he’s doing in the world of music education here… http://www.jamiehillman.net/biography.html
David Das is a prolific composer, music producer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. His experience covers the range from feature films, TV shows, cartoons, commercials, trailers, and other media work, over to modern music production, choral and orchestral writing/arranging, and more. He has worked on projects for Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, DirecTV, Dreamworks, Fremantle, Intel, BBDO, HBO, PBS, TLC, Telemundo, Weight Watchers, Coca Cola, Hal Leonard, and many others.
He has composed music for dozens of TV shows, scored films (such as Lionsgate’s feature thriller The Appearing and the drama Trafficked), and written and produced songs for numerous pop, rock, R&B, soul, and indie artists. He serves as President of the Academy of Scoring Arts, and is also involved or has spoken on panels with the Society of Composers and Lyricists, BMI, Television Academy (Emmys), NAMM, IMSTA, and the Production Music Association.
To find out more about David Das, head to his website here… http://daviddas.com/