The Cincinnati Boychoir is pleased to announce that Dr. Tom Merrill, Director of the new School of Arts and Innovation at Xavier University, will assume leadership of the Board of Trustees of the Boychoir effective July 1, 2015. The outgoing Chair, Sharon Hafertepe, will be stepping down after seven years of service but will remain on the board in an advisory capacity.
Key initiatives for the coming years include a study of inclusion in the Boychoir program, an ongoing project with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to study the boys’ changing voices, and the continued growth of the All-City Boychoir program in the Cincinnati Public Schools.
“With his background as a choral director and a leader in the choral community and in his new capacity with the XU School of Arts and Innovation, we are thrilled for Tom to lead us into this new chapter of our history,” said the Boychoir’s Artistic Director Christopher Eanes. “In his short time as a member of the Boychoir board, he has established himself as a person willing to explore creative ways of approaching opportunities. We have undergone tremendous growth in recent years, and are looking forward to working with Tom to figure out what possibilities the future holds.”
Of his appointment, Dr. Merrill said, “It is a fantastic opportunity to be able to help lead the Cincinnati Boy Choir into their next half-century of changing the lives of young men from our region. The board of directors are very passionate about the success of the choir. It is a privilege to be able serve as chair with such a dedicated volunteer board, professional staff, and amazing young men.”
About Dr. Tom Merrill
Tom Merrill is Professor of Music and Director of the School of Arts and Innovation at Xavier University. He conducts the chamber choir, the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble. He is the Director of Music at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati and serves as the Vice-President of the American Choral Directors Association Central Division. He has served on the board of ChoralNet and is a past president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee; Master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Musicology from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.