Dock Anderson, Organist/Choirmaster
Dock began his career as a performer at the age of two when he sang “Hey, Jude” at a church coffeehouse, standing on a chair to be able to reach the microphone. He first played in church at age six, choosing “The sleeping turtle” as his first musical offering in worship. He began playing for weekly services at the age of eleven.
Mr. Anderson earned a Bachelor of Music in organ performance, cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College, where he studied organ with James Cook and James Dorroh, choral conducting under Hugh Thomas and Tom Gibbs, piano with Alison Lee, bassoon with Jack Sharp, voice with Jane Glaser, and composition with Charles Mason. He won first prize in numerous organ playing competitions including the Atlanta Music Club Competition, the Birmingham Music Club Competition, the Minne McNeil Carr Organ Playing Competition, the Alabama Wurlitzer Competition, and was first alternate in the Scarritt National Organ Playing Competition, making him the first student in the history of Birmingham-Southern to place in a national competition. At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles he studied conducting with Rodney Eichenberger and organ with Cherry Rhodes.
For thirteen years, Mr. Anderson was the choral director at Woodward Academy in College Park, the largest private school in the continental United States. During his tenure the choral program garnered international acclaim during seven concert tours with performances throughout western and central Europe. His choirs performed for the Georgia Music Educators annual convention and he served as accompanist for All-State Chorus for many years. He maintains an active private studio teaching piano, organ, and voice lessons. He also sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus and is the accompanist for voice classes offered by the chorus to its members. He has accompanied the chorus in rehearsals under the direction of Norman McKenzie and guest conductor Roberto Abbado. He is in demand as a clinician and enjoys working as a choral consultant with beginning teachers.