Chorister Choir Director
Albuquerque Boy Choir
BORN in Texas in 1947, Michael Mauldin moved to New Mexico in 1971 for "its space, light and timelessness," after completing a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano and Music Education at Washburn University of Topeka. He completed a Master of Music degree in Composition at the University of New Mexico, taught choral music at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, and served as president of the New Mexico Music Teachers Association, the Albuquerque Music Teachers Association, and the New Mexico Composers Guild. He also served as the national chair of the Music Teachers National Association Student Composition Contest.
Mauldin's compositions have been performed throughout the country, including at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 1980, he was named "Composer of the Year" in a national competition sponsored by MTNA. His published works for youth orchestra, chorus, and piano/synthesizer are widely used. "Simple Gifts," originally arranged for the Albuquerque Boy Choir, has sold thousands of copies all over the world. After seven years as Musical Director, he retired at the end of the 1998-99 season. During his tenure, the ABC grew from 30 boys to 85, added a third choir, produced three compact discs, performed with several orchestras and choirs, (including the American Boychoir), and traveled to San Antonio, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Hawaii, Seattle and England. He remains involved with the organization as director of the Choristers, the intermediate choir. His two sons, now grown, are alumni of the choir.
"There is nothing wrong with loving our boys, and letting them and the whole world see that we do. It is not enough to love the subject we teach or the sound our choirs make. It is easy to be curious and controlling. But it takes effort to be compassionate, to avoid disconnection. To teach the whole child, we should love him, and that is a sacred act."
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