STEPHENVILLE (February 9, 2018) — Tarleton State University choirs host singer, composer and conductor Tesfa Yohannes Wondemagegnehu Monday, Feb. 19.
Highly sought-after as a choral clinician, Wondemagegnehu will work with Tarleton choirs and sit for question-and-answer sessions throughout the day on the Stephenville campus.
He’ll also take part that evening in a concert celebrating Black History Month at Stephenville First United Methodist Church, 422 W. Washington St.
The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features Tarleton choirs and students—Joel Poole, Rico Allen, and Diamond and Sapphire Beverly. Wondemagegnehu will conduct.
Wondemagegnehu has performed, presented workshops and conducted honor choirs across the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Costa Rica.
“He is an absolutely amazing singer, conductor, composer and teacher,” said Dr. Troy Robertson, Tarleton’s director of choirs.
Currently, director of choral ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Wondemagegnehu previously served as the conductor of The Radio Choir from American Public Media and as the assistant artistic director of VocalEssence.
As a high school teacher, he was named Orange County Public School’s Teacher of the Year and received the Macy’s National Magic of Teaching Award. During his tenure at Freedom High School in Orlando, he led his choirs in performances at state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Florida Music Educators’ Association.
He has a master’s in choral conducting and vocal performance from Florida State University and a bachelor’s in vocal performance from the University of Memphis.