of the Adult Chorus
Loren Veigel is delighted to be the director of VOCI. A native of Massillon and graduate of Tuslaw High School, Loren C. Veigel served thirty-one years in secondary choral music education. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree, summa cum laude, from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where he studied choral music with Cecil “Pop” Stewart and Bruce Browne. His graduate mentors included Paul Christiansen and Rodney Eichenberger. Veigel received the Master of Music in Choral Conducting, summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Maurice Skones.
Mr. Veigel began teaching at Waynedale High School in Apple Creek, Ohio, followed by eight years directing at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio. After graduate school, Veigel returned to Ohio to teach at Lancaster Senior High School. He subsequently served fifteen years as director of vocal music for the Massillon City Schools and choral director at Massillon Washington High School. During his teaching career, his choirs became known throughout the state of Ohio due to their extensive travel, and their great success at adjudicated events, where they compiled a record of more than twenty-five AA state superior ratings. Mr. Veigel engineered the development of an in-school vocal coaching program, which has been emulated in many major high school choirs across the state. As a result, his choral programs often entered more than 100 soloists annually in solo and ensemble contests. Many of his former students have become college music majors and colleagues.
An interest in travel has pervaded Loren Veigel’s career. His choirs have performed in many states, extending as far as Florida and Arizona, as well as in Ontario and Quebec. As a director of the Ohio Honors Chorale, Veigel conducted in many European tours, culminating in four tours by the Massillon Washington Advanced Choir, taking them to England, Scotland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland. In retirement, Mr. Veigel serves as the Ohio representative for Witte Travel and Tours of Grand Rapids, Michigan, allowing him to work with many performance organizations preparing for tours.
Another important aspect of Mr. Veigel’s life has been church work. As an organ major, he began serving churches during his undergraduate years and continues to play in his retirement life. As choirmaster and organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon, Ohio, he led a very active and high-quality church music program for many years. He also founded the Walsh University Chorale, serving there for more than five years, and is presently employed by the University of Akron, where he works with vocal music student teachers and teaches graduate secondary choral methods. He continues actively teaching high school music by serving as clinician for numerous high school events and teaching voice lessons at Massillon Washington High School, serving in the same coaching system he founded many years ago.
Professional memberships have included the American Choral Directors Association, in which he has served in several board positions; the Ohio Music Education Association, of which he was District Eight President; All State Choir Chair as an adjudicator and host for adjudicated events; and the American Guild of Organists.
In 2010-2011, under Loren Veigel's direction, VOCI has sung with internationally renowned organist Hector Olivera, raised funds for the American Heart Association with "Songs for a Cause," toured to Columbus, Ohio to sing at the statehouse and to Cleveland to perform the national anthem at a Cleveland Indians game .
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