Dr. Michael G. Martin, Conductor
Mrs. Hannah Sterman-Wilson, Assistant Conductor
Under the direction of accomplished director/composer/arranger Dr. Michael G. Martin and assisted by Mrs. Hannah Sterman-Wilson, the Hilliard Darby Symphonic Choir is relentless in their quest for vocal perfection. The group continues to be ranked as one of the top choral programs in the country. Whether it is singing in St. Paul's and Salisbury Cathedrals, or receiving superior ratings at district and state level competitions, this group continues to pursue its musical craft with the utmost of teamwork. Such camaraderie has earned the Symphonic Choir its reputation of achieving a high standard in vocal music and continues to reward them with superior ratings in local and international music competitions, and international performance invitations.
The choir has performed for seven Ohio Music Education Association/MENC conventions in the last eight years and two Central Division American Choral Directors Association Conventions. They have studied with such notable conductors as Dr. Donald Neuen, Eric Whitacre, Dr. Ann Howard Jones, Professor James Gallagher and with Dr. Craig Jessop at the 2011 National Memorial Day Choral Festival and also performed Through The Eyes of a Child with Dr. Craig Jessop in 2015.
Symphonic Choir has also toured extensively throughout Europe with concerts on national television and other major venues throughout the United Kingdom. Symphonic Choir also went on a trip through Ireland, including a concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Symphonic Choir has a mission to spread the love of music throughout the world. Recently, the choir traveled to Italy, touring the country and singing in multiple cities, including Rome.
In the fall of 2015, the Symphonic Choir performed a concert, under guest conductor Dr. Craig Jessop, called "Through the Eyes of a Child". Jessop is the former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and he has had a close relationship with the choir in the last couple years.