Alec Schumacker
Conductor & Composer
Alec Schumacker is presently the choral teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, HI.  He completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami in the spring of 2013 where he taught undergraduate courses in music theory.  He previously served as the interim director of the Master Chorale of South Florida, a staff conductor for the Miami Choral Academy, the director of the Ocean Reef Chapel Choir, and the co-conductor of the University of Miami Maelstrom Men’s Ensemble. 

While at the University of Miami he studied with Dr. Karen Kennedy, Dr. Joshua Habermann, and Dr. Donald Oglesby.  He has conducted in prestigious venues around the world such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and has prepared choruses for performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Symphony of the Americas.  A devoted educator, he presented his dissertation entitled Incorporating Popular Music into the Choral Classroom at the 2013 Hawai’i state music educators’ conference.


““The Finale [of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony], that symphony within a symphony, shined with the presence of roughly 200 members of the combined forces of the Master Chorale of South Florida, Alec Schumacker, director, and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, James K. Bass, director. While the balance between orchestra and chorus was perfect throughout the movement, the same thing cannot be said about the four soloists as they sang together…The massive choir maintained a well-shaped sound throughout, and got the most bravo shouts in the four curtain calls at the end.”  
- Fernando Landeros, Miami Artburst, March 18, 2013

"...the Master Chorale produced a rich, well-balanced tone and sang with engagement and enthusiasm..."
​- South Florida Classical Review, April 20, 2013