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What it’s like playing at Carnegie Hall (Interview with Conductor Jeffery Ames)

We had the chance to chat with Jeffery L. Ames who serves as Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. Amongst his exciting and impressive credentials and experiences, Dr. Ames has also conducted the Honors Performance Series – at Carnegie Hall presented by WorldStrides – several times.  Want to learn what it takes to make your passion for music a career? Read on!

You’ve been involved in music from a young age. What made you decide to pursue music in your education?

Yes, music has been a part of my so-called DNA since childhood. My mother was a singer and my father had a wonderful appreciation for music. Our home was filled with sounds of jazz, classical, gospel, and R&B. I loved singing in church and playing in the band while in Elementary, Junior High and Senior High school. Since I enjoyed my musical experiences in school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in music. During my junior year in high school, I knew I wanted to be addressed as Dr. Ames by earning some terminal degree in Music. Read more