Since turning over the Artistic Director's baton to Francis Stockwell in 1997, he has remained with the organization as the director of the Training Choir.
Francis Stockwell, Artistic Director
Francis D.C. Stockwell, born in New Zealand, began his musical career at a very early age.
At age six he
was studying piano and later violin.
was also a soloist in a local church choir.
At age 15 he received his first concert diploma for piano from the Trinity College of Music, London.
In 1968 he
gained two further concert diplomas for piano: one from the Royal Schools of Music, London
, the other a Fellowship from the Trinity College of Music, London
In the same year he graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and languages.
In 1969 he
left New Zealand for Switzerland to continue his
piano studies at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva.
At the same time he accepted a teaching position in Zug, Switzerland at Institut Montana, a renowned international boys' school.
taught English, music and Latin.
In 1970 he
gained a teacher's diploma in German from Hamburg and in the late 70's he
went to Vienna where he
lived and worked with the Vienna Boys' Choir Institute
and with Ingrid Doll-Kallinger, Professor of Singing at the Musikhochschule in Vienna.
In 1984 he returned to New Zealand to accept a position as Director of Music at Southwell Boy's School.
Two years later he returned to Switzerland where he taught at Institut Montana and lectured in singing at the Konservatorium of Lucerne.
In the fall of 1997 he arrived in Elk River, Minnesota to accept the post of Artistic Director of the Land of Lakes Choirboys.