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List of Choral Directors

This is a list of choral directors whose recordings we carry in our extensive catalog. These choral directors are conductors of the many of the finest choirs performing choral music around the world today. These choir directors are of university, college, community and professional choirs and include a wide variety of styles and genres.


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Pamela Blevins Hinkle

Appointments: Spirit and Place Festival Director (Research Associate. B.S. in arts administration, Butler University, 1983 Graduate work in community arts management, Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois-Springfield), 1985-87

Academic Interests: Interdisciplinary collaboration, community development, civic engagement, music improvisation, choral music, women's music, chant, creativity

Teaching: Annual workshops on Collaboration and Program Design via Spirit & Place. "Music in the Moment," a music improvision class at Indiana Women's Prison. Lead workshops and talks for congregations and community groups on chant, creativity, improvisation, and more.

Awards: Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, Arts Council of Indianapolis (2003) Indiana Arts Commission Studio Award, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts (2004)


Moses Hogan

Moses George Hogan, born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 13, 1957, was a pianist, conductor and arranger of international renown. A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, he also studied at New York's Juilliard School of Music and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mr. Hogan's many accomplishments as a concert pianist included winning first place in the prestigious 28th annual Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York. Hogan was recently appointed Artist In Residence at Loyola University in New Orleans. Hogan began his exploration of the choral music idiom in 1980. Hogan's former New Orleans based Moses Hogan Chorale received international acclaim.

The Moses Hogan Singers made their debut in 1998 on the EMI record label with the acclaimed soprano Barbara Hendricks. Hogan was commissioned to arrange and perform several compositions for the 1995 PBS Documentary, THE AMERICAN PROMISE, whose soundtrack was released separately by Windham Hill records under the title VOICES.


Dr. Brad Holmes

Dr. Brad Holmes has been Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois since 1991. During this time Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to five traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 300 students and six choral/vocal ensemble staff. In addition to conducting the University Choir Dr. Holmes teaches classes in conducting and choral methods. He is artistic director for Millikin's annual Christmas Vespers, an event that attracts 6,500 people each year, as well as a frequent guest conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction the Millikin University Choir has performed before both regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. They have again been selected to perform for the National Conference of ACDA in March, 2011. Dr. Holmes's extensive guest conducting schedule has included All-State, ACDA Honor Choirs and District festivals as well as church music clinics throughout the United States. Internationally, he has served as Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College in Cambridge, England. He has conducted choirs in 35 countries in Europe, South America, East Asia, the South Pacific and Australia.


Imogen Holst

Imogen Clare Holst, CBE was a British composer and conductor, and sole child of composer Gustav Holst. She was brought up in west London and educated at the Froebel Demonstration School and St Paul's Girls' School, where her father was director of music. She worked with Herbert Howells before entering the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 1926 to study composition with George Dyson and Gordon Jacob, harmony and counterpoint with Ralph Vaughan Williams, and conducting with William H. Reed. She won several prizes for composition including the Cobbett Prize for a string quartet (1928).

She was appointed a fellow of the RCM in 1966, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in 1970 and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975. She received honorary doctorates from the universities of Essex (1968), Exeter (1969), and Leeds (1983).


Bo Holten

Bo Holten (born 1948) is a Danish composer and conductor.

He has been the principal conductor for the vocal ensembles Ars Nova and Musica Ficta (Denmark), as well as guest-conductor for the BBC Singers. He is currently the principal conductor for the Flemish Radio Choir (Vlaams Radio Koor) in Bruxelles.

As a composer he has written more than 100 works, including 6 operas, 2 musicals, 2 symphonies, and 5 solo concertos. He has also composed several film scores, amongst them the music for Lars Von Trier's The Element of Crime.


Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach and choral clinician. He serves as the Artistic Director & Conductor of The Choral Project, a mixed-voice vocal ensemble specializing in dramatic, conceptual performance of high-level choral music from the medieval period to the contemporary. Under his direction The Choral Project has received international recognition, performing to standing ovation crowds in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Scotland and Wales. The ensemble has also received top prizes in international competitions throughout the world. They have recorded seven compact discs on the Gothic Records label. Mr. Hughes also serves as the director for two new choirs in The Choral Project musical family: Menharmonics - a men's chorus dedicated to celebrating diversity, creating community, and forming fellowship through quality musical performance; and Amaranth - a small a cappella vocal jazz ensemble specializing in a broad range of styles including contemporary a cappella, world music, and straight-ahead jazz. In addition to his work with The Choral Project choirs, Hughes serves as the Music Director for Los Gatos United Methodist Church.


Jeffrey Hunt

Jeffrey Hunt received his B.M from Taylor University and a M.M in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University. Jeff conducts St. Charles Singers, a group he founded in 1984. He is Director of Music at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, Illinois where in addition to overseeing the active music program, he directs the Adult choir, the boy choir and coaches high school singers. Mr. Hunt is on the music faculty at Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois, and has an active voice studio.

Under his direction, St. Charles Singers have made numerous appearances at both State and Regional American Choral Directors Association conventions. The Singers have several commercial recordings on both the Proteus and Naxos labels. The choir has made several European tours performing in notable venues in both France and England. In addition to having their own concerts series, the choir has appeared with both the Elgin Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Peter Hunt

Peter is currently Head of Voice at Berkshire Maestros, the young musicians' trust delivering music education for 8000 young people across the county, a post he has held for four years. He has responsibility for all vocal activity and the three county choirs which have a national reputation. Previously, Peter was Head of Music at Chipping Norton Secondary School for nine years and, thanks to his hard work, the school gained status as a Performing Arts College from September 2004, putting it firmly at the centre of artistic activity in the Chipping Norton community. From 2000-2002 Peter was also part-time Advisory Teacher for Oxfordshire's vocal strategy. In January 2009 he takes up a new post with Maestros as Deputy Head of Service.


Roberta Q. Jackson

Girlchoir's Founding Artistic Director/Executive Director, Mrs. Jackson is recognized as a leading choral educator, both for her work spanning 30 years teaching in public schools in Minnesota and Oregon and her work with Girlchoir since its founding in 1989.

Receiving her Master Degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Mrs. Jackson has also been awarded the distinction of Artist Teacher and Master Teacher certification from the Association of Choral Music Education.

In demand as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator, she is serving her third term as Northwest Region representative on the ACDA National Committee for Children's Choirs.

Mrs. Jackson's inspired directing, respect for the individual singer and her vocal development, and quest for excellence have created a world class youth music organization.


John Jacobson

John Jacobson has choreographed, directed and performed in hundreds of staged productions throughout the nation and the world including Grand Opening Ceremonies for Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, portions of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and served as choreographer for Reagan's Presidential Inauguration and The Singing Sergeants.

John received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (Choral) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he performed in, and eventually directed, The Wisconsin Singers. He has served as guest clinician at such events as the Showchoir Camps of America, The Brightleaf Music Festival and hundreds of festivals, workshops, camps and reading sessions throughout the country. The highly successful John Jacobson Workshops, which are one-day choreography sessions, are held each summer for directors and students and are sponsored by local music dealers and Hal Leonard Corporation.


Joseph Jennings

Joseph Jennings is widely regarded as one of the choral world's top conductors and music directors, clinicians and arrangers. He joined the renowned a capella group, Chanticleer, in 1983 as a countertenor, and shortly thereafter assumed position as Music Director. Under his direction, Chanticleer achieved international renown, releasing 23 critically acclaimed recordings in works ranging from Gregorian chant to Renaissance masterworks to jazz. Many of the recordings, for Teldec and for Chanticleer's own label, became Billboard best sellers, including the GRAMMY-Award-winners Colors of Love, Magnificat and, most recently, the World-premiere of Sir John Tavener's double GRAMMY-Award winning Lamentations and Praises.

Mr. Jennings has performed at the most prestigious festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. These performances have included appearances at the Salzburg Festival, the International Josquin Symposium, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Holland Voices Festival and at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In the U.S., Mr. Jennings has appeared at Jones Hall in Houston, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.


Kenneth Jennings

Jennings is an alumnus of St. Olaf College and sang as a member of the St. Olaf Choir as an undergraduate. He received his master's degree from Oberlin College and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. Jennings was appointed to the faculty of St. Olaf College in 1953, and ascended to one of the world's most coveted choral podiums in 1968: Jennings was the third director of the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir, succeeding founder F. Melius Christiansen and his son-successor, Olaf C. Christiansen. He retired from St. Olaf College in 1990, turning over the podium to his former student, Anton Armstrong. His Son, Dr. Mark Jennings, is the director of Choral Activities at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

As director of the St. Olaf Choir Jennings became noted for guiding and maturing the St. Olaf Choir from one rooted substantially in its 1911 era founding to arguably one of the most highly respected choral ensembles of the world.


Craig Hella Johnson

Renowned as one of the most influential voices in choral conducting in the United States, Craig Hella Johnson brings a depth of knowledge, artistic sensitivity and imagination to his programs. Founder and Artistic Director of the Grammy Award-Nominated choral ensemble Conspirare, Johnson has assembled some of the finest singers in the country to create a world class, award-winning ensemble committed to creating dynamic choral art.

In addition to his work with Conspirare, Johnson also serves as Music Director Laureate and Conductor of the Victoria Bach Festival, an annual event that draws musicians and critical praise from around the country. Of Johnson's performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mike Greenberg of the San Antonio Express-News wrote: "Through all the amazing ebbs and flows of dynamics, the radiant balances, the seamless connection of episodes, the theatrically astute tempo relations, the unified structural arc, the music shone forth with organic naturalness. Nothing sounded fussed over. Everything just sounded right."


Derric Johnson

As a Musician... he has written 150 original songs, 23 cantatas and 2800 musical arrangements, published 32 books of choral collections and has been involved in producing 84 recorded albums on twelve labels.

As a Creator... he founded and directed THE RE'GENERATION, a touring ensemble of singers who traveled for twelve years, logging over a million miles, performing to more than 12,000,000 people in 6,000 concerts.

As a Speaker... he is recognized as a Staley Foundation Lecturer, is often featured in National and International Conventions with his inspirational and motivational delivery.

As An Educator... for six years he held the position of Artist in Residence / Director of Music Ministries at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.

As an Author... he has written nine books, including EASY DOESN'T DO IT; LISTS... THE BOOK; EXCELLENCE IS NEVER AN ACCIDENT; THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS and TAKE ME TO A SONG...


Dr. Jefferson Johnson

Jefferson Johnson is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Kentucky where he conducts the University Chorale and Men's Chorus. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral methods and literature, and directs the graduate program (MM and DMA degrees) in choral music. A native of Atlanta, Johnson received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia (magna cum laude, 1978), the Master of Music from the University of Tennessee (1981), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado (1992). While living in Atlanta, Johnson was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw.


Mark S. Johnson

Mark Johnson began his work with the choir in 1991 as the accompanist. He was hired as the Music Director in 1993. Mr. Johnson holds a degree in music education from St. Olaf College, and he taught junior high choral music for six years before becoming full-time director for the Boychoir. From 1995 to 2007, he was a member of the staff at Albemarle, a summer music camp program of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Mr. Johnson's reputation in choral work, especially with children's groups, has led to many invitations to work as a clinician and accompanist for honors choirs and festivals in Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Recently, he conducted the Minnesota ACDA 7th grade Boys Honor Choir and the Young Men's track at the World Voices Australia Festival in Sydney. Mark is active in Minnesota's chapters of ACDA and MMEA, and currently serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boychoirs at the state and regional level.


Sigrid Johnson

As the associate conductor of VocalEssence, Sigrid Johnson provides invaluable input on repertoire decisions, choral blend and balance, and in the audition process. Her unique ways of working to achieve excellence in choral blend and intonation have garnered her great praise.

Sigrid is a member of the voice and choral faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and the conductor of the Manitou Singers, St. Olaf's 100-voice first-year women's chorus. Sigrid Johnson maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician at choral festivals, workshops and all-state music festivals across the country. She is known internationally for her work with musicians at all levels, having conducted workshops in Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. In August 2008, she was one of the featured lecturers for the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen; in 201, she will be featured in the Ninth World Symposium to be held in Argentina.


James Jordan

James Jordan is considered to be one of the most influential choral conductors and educators in America. His more than eighteen books covering rehearsal and teaching pedagogy, conducting technique, and the spirituality of musicing, as well as numerous DVDs and recordings, have brought about far-reaching pedagogical and philosophical changes not only in choral music but also in the worlds of orchestral conducting, wind conducting, piano, and music education. The Choral Journal has described his writings as "visionary." Renowned American composer Morten Lauridsen dedicated the third movement of his Midwinter Songs to him.


Dennis Keene

Dennis Keene is Artistic Director and conductor of the Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra. Known internationally through his many concerts and recordings with Voices of Ascension; his regular guest appearances as conductor and clinician; and his work as Artistic Director of The Dennis Keene Choral Festival, he has emerged as one of leading choral conductors in the world today.

Recognized early as an exceptional organist, Dennis Keene began musical studies and performing in his native Los Angeles. He moved to New York City to study at The Juilliard School, where he earned the BM, MM, and DMA degrees and the coveted Gaston Dethier Organ Prize as a student of Vernon de Tar. Dennis Keene was active as a recitalist until his interest in conducting led him to concentrate on that discipline. He subsequently studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School for Orchestral Conductors, with Charles Bruck in Paris, and with John Nelson at The Juilliard School. His passion for the finest in professional choral music can be traced to his early work as organist with Gregg Smith, Roger Wagner, and Margaret Hillis.


Joyce Keil

Joyce Keil, Artistic Director and co-founder of Ragazzi, has served as panelist, adjudicator and guest conductor for music teachers and choirs throughout the Western United States.

An experienced teacher, she has served on the faculties of the College of Holy Names, Notre Dame de Namur University and Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.

She is the founder of the choral program and advanced placement music theory curriculum at Crystal Springs Uplands School.

Ms. Keil has served as Western Division Chair of the Boychoir Committee for the American Choral Directors Association and has sat on the College Board for Advanced Placement Music Exams.

Ragazzi, under Joyce Keil's leadership, was cited in the November 22, 1998 S.F. Chronicle as one of the four elite youth choruses in the Bay Area.


Pekka Kostiainen

Pekka Kostiainen's long and impressive career as a composer and choir conductor is undoubtedly based on his profound understanding of and widely recognised expertise in choral music. As a conductor, he collaborated for several decades with the Vox Aurea Children's Choir and the Musica Choir. Kostiainen also wrote several of his choral works for these choirs.

His flexible composition technique allows him to adapt his musical goals and intentions into a range of different circumstances. He not only exploits the choir's expressive potential in a captivating manner, but also takes into account the performer's technical capabilities and overall musical experience. His technical flexibility is very much appreciated among the performers, in particular when it comes to the heterogeneous and highly ambivalent language of contemporary music.


Janeal Crabb Krehbiel

Janeal Crabb Krehbiel, founder and director of the Lawrence Children's Choir, is a clinician and festival director throughout the United States. A graduate of Bethel College in Kansas, she earned a Master's degree in Music Education at Wichita State University. She was a member of the Chorister's Guild Board of Directors, has been the featured clinician at St. Olaf College, Montreat Music Conference, Westminster Choir College, and the North Carolina Summer Institute of the Choral Art. She has held seminars at colleges and universities, directed camps and festivals and published many articles about choral music for children and youth. In March 2000 Ms. Krehbiel was the guest conductor for the National 2000 Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall. She conducted the 2007 National Children's Choir at Carnegie Hall and conducted the Lawrence Children's Choir in a premier performance at Carnegie Hall.


Erich Kunzel

Erich Kunzel's distinguished career was personified by his 2006 National Medal of Arts, presented by President and Mrs. Bush at a ceremony in the Oval Office at The White House in 2007. The National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government, is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. The legendary "Prince of Pops" was also honored in September 2008 as an inductee into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

The late Maestro Max Rudolf invited Mr. Kunzel, then a young conductor on the faculty of Brown University, to join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as an associate conductor in 1965. That October Maestro Kunzel conducted his first sold-out "8 O'Clock Pops" concert, marking his ascent as a modern orchestral legend. The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, part of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, was then officially founded in 1977 with Maestro Kunzel at the helm. For decades he led the orchestra, packing houses in Cincinnati's Music Hall and Riverbend Music Center, and also gaining new fans the world over through tour performances, PBS television specials and millions of recordings sold on the Telarc label.


Paul T. Kwami

Dr. Paul T. Kwami is Musical Director and Curb-Beaman Chair of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Dr. Kwami was born in Ghana, West Africa one of seven children. His father, a musician, taught him piano, violin, theory and conducting. He studied music at Ghana's National Academy of Music and taught there until immigrating to the US in 1983 as a student at Fisk University. He promptly joined the Jubilee Singers.

After graduating from Fisk in 1985 he continued to study music at Western Michigan University. In 1994 he was solicited to serve as part-time director of the Jubilee Singers. Shortly therafter, Dr Kwami was promoted to full time faculty member in the music department and musical director of the Singers. He is the first African to direct the ensemble, and the first to hold the Curb-Beaman Chair position. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the American Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Kwami feels a deep connection between Negro spirituals and the music of his Motherland. "The music we sing today helps to bridge the gap between Africans and African-Americans," he says. "When my students sing, I am reminded of my life in Ghana and feel close to my past."

The music also touches his spirit. He believes in the sovereignty of God, who was a source of faith, hope and love for slaves and for the original Jubilee Singers. "My greatest desire is to fulfill my call," he says.


Dr. Arthur Lapierre

Dr. Arthur Lapierre is currently Professor of Music, and Director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at American River College, where he also teachers applied voice, jazz history, and voice classes. He has served on the faculties at the Berklee College of Music, California State University, Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, Rancho Santiago Community College and Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Dr. Lapierre is active as an adjudicator and clinician and previously served as the R&S Chair for Jazz and Show Choirs for ACDA - Northeast Region.

Dr. Lapierre's ensembles have performed at conferences of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), Jazz Education Network (JEN), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), New York State Music Teachers Association (NYSMTA) and at other regional and international conferences. Dr Lapierre's ensembles have been honored with 11 Student Achievement Awards by DownBeat Magazine.


Richard Larson

Richard Larson, Artistic Director of Kantorei, has been involved in community music and music education for over thirty years and is in demand as a clinician, conductor, and teacher. Named "Choral Conductor of the Year," in 1989 by the Colorado ACDA, Mr. Larson taught music both at the University of Northern Colorado and at Metropolitan State College in Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. Mr. Larson has studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller, Elizabeth Green, John Nelson, Julius Herford, Richard Westenberg and Margaret Hillis, among others.


Stephen Layton

Edward Higginbottom's early years were marked by distinction as a keyboard player. He gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists before leaving school, winning the Harding and Read prizes for the most outstanding candidate of the year. A long association with Corpus Christi College Cambridge followed, beginning with an organ scholarship (winning the John Stewart of Rannoch university prize in Sacred Music), continuing with graduate work and a doctoral thesis on French baroque music, and ending with a research fellowship (1973-76). While at Cambridge, he gained recognition at home and abroad as director of the Cambridge University Purcell Society, one of the very first English early music groups to perform regularly in France. Graduate work in Paris from 1970 to 1972 deepened his contacts abroad as he studied organ with Marie-Claire Alain while writing his doctoral thesis. His love of French culture has borne fruit in editions of Francois Couperin's chamber music, many recording projects featuring French music, and frequent invitations for New College Choir to sing in Europe and further afield. He is sought after as president of international music competitions, and as a consultant. .


Henry Leck

An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is an associate professor and Director of Choral Activities at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1986 he became Founder and Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, one of the largest children's choir programs in the world. The Touring Choirs of the Indianapolis Children's Choir have performed regularly for National ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences. Additionally, ICC tours internationally every year, having sung in prestigious concert sites throughout Great Britain, Greece, Scandinavia, Europe, South America, North America, Mexico, Guatemala , Australia, New Zealand and China. Mr. Leck is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central and Northwest Divisional Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and on three occasions has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. In 2010 he will conduct the ACDA National Children's Honor Choir.


Sir Philip Ledger

Sir Philip was born in Bexhill-on-Sea in 1937 and educated at King's College, Cambridge.(1) When appointed Master of the Music at Chelmsford Cathedral in 1961, he became the youngest Cathedral Organist in the country.(1) In 1965 he took up the post of Director of Music at the University of East Anglia where he was also Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Music and responsible for the establishment of an award-winning building for the University's Music Centre, opened in 1973.(1) In 1968 he became an Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, conducting at the Snape Maltings on many occasions including the opening concert after its rebuilding, and playing in first performances of works by Britten.(1) He appears as continuo player on Britten's recordings of Bach and Purcell.


Josephine Lee

Born in Chicago, Josephine Lee is a classically trained pianist, conductor, arranger and producer. Appointed in 1999, Ms. Lee is the youngest Artistic Director in the history of Chicago Children's Choir. Under her direction, the Choir has toured nationally and internationally, received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for the 2008 documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom, and has been featured in nationally broadcast television and radio performances. In 2010, Ms. Lee was invited to join The Chicago Network, a premier organization of diverse, professional women who have reached the highest echelons of business, the arts, government, the professions and academia. In 2009, she led the Choir in concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC with Denyce Graves and Sweet Honey In The Rock, honoring the 70th Anniversary of Marian Anderson's historic concert at that site. In 2008, Ms. Lee received the 3Arts Artist Award and in 2006 was named "Chicagoan of the Year in the Arts" by Chicago Tribune. Most recently, Ms. Lee directed and produced the new Chicago Children's Choir studio recording, Holiday Harmony.


Dr. Iris S. Levine

Nationally recognized for her excellence in choral conducting, Dr. Iris S. Levine is founder and artistic director of Vox Femina Los Angeles, L.A.'s premiere women's chorus. Through her extensive experience with women's choral literature, and innovative concert programming, Dr. Levine has charted Vox Femina on an impressive 11-year journey, building its prominence in the choral community by way of numerous appearances at ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conventions, and over 100 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Dr. Levine earned her Doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Rod Eichenberger and James Vail, and she holds a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Harler. Dr. Levine is Department Chair and Professor of Music at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Now in her 19th year at Cal Poly, Dr. Levine conducts the Kellogg Chamber Singers, the University Concert Choir, teaches Beginning Conducting, Choral Conducting, Choral Arranging and Music Education curriculum.


Erick Lichte

In the last ten years, Erick Lichte has carved out a distinct niche in the vocal music world and concert life in America. As a founding member, singer, and artistic director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created and sustained one of the two full-time vocal ensembles in the nation.

2000-2009, Lichte's programming and artistic direction was heard in more than 60 concerts a year in such venues as Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Merkin Hall, San Francisco Performances, Oregon Bach Festival, UCLA, and Spivey Hall. His work has also been heard by hundreds of thousands of people through national and international broadcasts of hour-long Christmas programs distributed through American Public Media. He has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, the Boston Pops, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, James Sewell Ballet, and poet Robert Bly, to name a few.


Ed Lisk

Edward S. Lisk is an internationally recognized clinician, conductor, and author. He is a graduate of Syracuse University School of Music with graduate studies at Ithaca School of Music, Syracuse University, and Oswego State University.

Mr. Lisk is an elected member (48th) of the prestigious National Band Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors. To be nominated for such an honor, directors have had a national impact on the American band movement throughout their career. The National Band Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors is housed in a magnificent facility made available by Troy University in Alabama.

He is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and in the year 2000, served as the 63rd President of this distinguished organization founded by Edwin Franko Goldman. He has an active guest-conducting schedule that includes all-state bands, honor bands, university and military bands. Mr. Lisk has served as an adjunct professor, clinician/lecturer, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout 46 states, 5 Canadian Provinces and Australia. He is author of The Creative Director Series (Meredith Music) and a co-author of the GIA series of books, Teaching Music through Performance in Band. He is also editor of the Edwin Franko Goldman March Series (Carl Fischer).


James Litton

Dr. Litton has conducted choral and orchestral works throughout five continents, and regularly leads workshops and seminars in the United States and abroad. During past seasons he has conducted the Berkshire Choral Festival, at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and at music festivals in Canada, in Prague, Guatemala, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, France, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and South Africa.

Dr. Litton is the founder of a number of choral ensembles, including community choruses, college, church and school choirs in West Virginia, Connecticut, Indiana, New York, and New Jersey. He has conducted choral groups, chamber music ensembles, and orchestras in more than 40 recordings, including m jany American Boychoir CDs on such labels as Angel Records, Philips Records, Sony Music Entertainment Inc., Virgin Records, Bertelsmann Music Group, Linn Records, and Music Masters.


Grant Llewellyn

The Welsh conductor, Grant Llewellyn, began developing his conducting reputation in 1985, when he was awarded a conducting fellow position at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts. There his mentors included Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur and Andre Previn. As Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the early 1990's he conducted concerts at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Subscription Series and in the "Boston Pops".

Grant Llewellyn is renowned for his exceptional charisma, energy and easy authority in music of all styles and periods. To date, his career has led him to hold positions with three European orchestras. From 1990 to 1995, he was associate conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was principal guest conductor of the Stavanger Symfoniorkester from 1993 to 1996. Llewellyn served as chief conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra (deFilharmonie) from 1995 to 1998. Notable recent European guest engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Lori Loftus

Lori Loftus, the founding artistic director of the Southern California Children's Chorus, has taught the art of music, singing and musicianship to children for over 25 years. Under her leadership, the SCCC's Concert Chorus is rapidly becoming the leading children's chorus in Southern California.

Lori's musical credentials are impeccable. She has a B.M. in Piano Performance and has been the accompanist for many fine choral conductors including David Thorsen, Helmuth Rilling, Howard Swan, Zubin Mehta, John Alexander, Harold Dekker, Joseph Flummerfeld and Carl St. Clair.

Throughout her career, her choirs have sung on professional artists' CD's and have received many awards at festivals and competitions. She has also been asked to provide trained children's voices for Touchstone films, MGM films, music videos, commercials, symphony concerts, operas, television specials for Disney and many musical productions.


Dr. P Bradley Logan

Dr. P. Bradley Logan, is Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities at Bemidji State University, where he conducts the Bemidji Choir and the Chamber Singers, teaches conducting and applied voice. He has served on the faculties of the University of Montevallo, Louisiana College, California State University, Long Beach, and Pelham High School. Dr. Logan holds his B.S. in Vocal Music Education from North Dakota State University, his M.A. in Choral Music from California State University, Long Beach, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. He is Executor of the Edwin R. Fissinger Musical Estate and serves as co-editor of the Edwin Fissinger Choral Series published by Meadowlark Music Publications.

Dr. Logan has been an active participation in the American Choral Directors Association, most recently serving as North Central Division R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities. For seven years he served on the Minnesota ACDA Board of Directors as Northwestern Area Representative, R&S Chair for College and University, and R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities.


Diane Loomer

Diane Loomer, C.M., is founder and conductor of Chor Leoni Men's Choir and co-founder and co-conductor of Elektra Women's Choir; she has taught on the music faculty at the University of British Columbia. Both her men's and women's choirs have repeatedly won first prizes in national and international competitions. Her choral compositions have been published and recorded internationally, and she frequently appears on CBC national radio as a spokesperson for the classical arts.

The first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir of Canada, Diane received the Healey Willan award in 1990 for her service to choral music in British Columbia; in 1994, she was named YWCA of Vancouver's Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture; and in 1997 and 2004 received Distinguished Alumni Awards honouring her achievements in choral music. In 2002 she received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to Canada's culture.


Norman Luboff

Norman Luboff was born in Chicago in 1917. Although he trained in piano as a child and participated in choirs in high school, it was not until his college years that he began to think of music as a life-long profession. After attending the University of Chicago and Central College in Chicago, he did graduate work with the noted composer Leo Sowerby while singing and writing for some of the best radio programs in Chicago. In the mid-1940s, he moved to New York City to continue his career. With a call from Hollywood to be choral director of The Railroad Hour, a radio weekly starring Gordan McRae, Mr. Luboff entered a period of enormous artistic growth and accomplishment, including the scoring of many television programs and more than eighty motion pictures. He also recorded with America's most noted artists, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. In 1950, he formed Walton Music Corporation to make his works available in printed form.


Linda Mack

Linda Mack, a native of the Chicago area, received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. As Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College, her teaching responsibilities include choirs, choral methods, music history, and voice. The Fort Lewis College Choirs have made several appearances at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference and the Chamber Choir has performed at Carnegie Hall. In addition to her work at Fort Lewis College and with the Durango Choral Society, Dr. Mack served as Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a nationally renowned, 20-voice professional choir.


Norman MacKenzie

Norman Mackenzie's abilities as musical collaborator, conductor, and concert organist have brought him international recognition. As Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, he was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw to a new generation of music lovers. At the ASO he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, conducts holiday concerts annually and works closely with ASO Music Director Robert Spano and commissioned-composers in the creation and premiere of new works.

His leadership was rewarded in 2003 with Grammy awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance for the ASO and Chorus recording of A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams, in 2005 with another Best Choral Performance Grammy for the Berlioz Requiem and in 2007 for Best Opera Recording with Golijov's Ainadamar. Mackenzie also serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta's Trinity Presbyterian Church, and pursues an active recital and guest conducting schedule.


Dr. Scott MacPherson

Conductor Scott MacPherson is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. In addition to conducting the Kent State Chorale and Kent Chorus, Dr. MacPherson leads the graduate choral conducting program. MacPherson has consistently earned praise for the high standards of performance of choirs under his direction. His programming blends a variety of musical styles ranging from early music through new works commissioned especially for him and his ensembles. MacPherson is in demand as a guest conductor, choral clinician, and adjudicator, and has extensive orchestral conducting experience. His research of contemporary choral music and choral teaching techniques in Germany have resulted in guest conducting appearances with the award-winning Modus Novus Chor based in Cologne, the Vokalensemble Kolner Dom of the Cologne Cathedral, as well as the male vocal ensemble Arcanum Musicae in Dresden.


Anthony Maiello

Anthony J. Maiello received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Ithaca College in l965 and l967, respectively. He also studied at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Mr. Leonard Slatkin, Musical Director of the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Maiello's many professional credits include clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor of All-State, All-State Sectional, Regional, District, All-County and All-City ensembles, with appearances throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Europe, The Netherlands and The Bahamas. He conducted musical activities for the Gold Medal Ceremonies at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the New York State Music Camp & Institute; has served as New York State Music Association adjudicator; clinician with Yamaha, and clinician for Warner Bros. Publications, President of the International Association of Jazz Educators - New York State Chapter and as Musical Director for Music Festivals International. He is an elected member of The American Bandmasters Association and ASCAP, and holds membership in the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, New York State School Music Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, Virginia Jazz Service Organization, The College Music Society and The American Symphony Orchestra League.


Kerry Marsh

Kerry Marsh is a composer and arranger specializing in contemporary music for vocal jazz ensembles. In high demand as a commissioned arranger for many of the nation's top educational vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles, Marsh has a large and varied catalog of music performed regularly around the world. Kerry has published arrangements through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications.

Along with his wife and musical collaborator Julia Dollison, Kerry released his highly ambitious debut album, Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider, in March 2010 through ArtistShare. Endorsed by the Grammy-winning composer herself and funded largely through fan contributions, the album features Schneider's music as written for her jazz orchestra, but with the horn parts entirely sung, and the rhythm section consisting of Frank Kimbrough, Ben Monder, Jay Anderson and Clarence Penn (all current members of The Maria Schneider Orchestra).


Wesley C. Martin

Wesley Martin was appointed music director and conductor of The All-American Boys Chorus in July 2002 after an international search. Mr. Martin is a native of Sydney, Australia, where he, wife Sue and son Harry lived until they moved to Southern California. Recently, Thomas James was welcomed into the Martin Family.

The Chorus's music director earned his bachelor's degree in music education from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1989. Subsequently, in 1992, he secured a Hungarian state scholarship and went on to study at the renowned Kodaly Institute of Pedagogy in Hungary.

He has held numerous teaching and conducting positions. Among them: New South Wales State director of music and conductor of the Australian Youth Choir; assistant conductor of the Sydney-based Beethoven Society; choral arranger for Australia's "Jubilee 2000" celebrations in Sydney's Olympic Stadium; and director of music for the Australian Youth Choir Chamber Ensemble. He also served on the faculty of St. Aloysius' College in Milson's Point, Sydney.


Dr. Jameson Marvin

Jameson Marvin was Director of Choral Activities, Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University for 32 years. From 1978 to 2010, Harvard's Choral Program garnered a distinguished national reputation. Under his conductorship, the Harvard Glee Club, Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, rose to be among the premier collegiate choruses in America. These ensembles appeared at nine Eastern Division and seven National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and the Choral Program at Harvard was named by Classical Singer magazine the top collegiate choral program in the United States.

Dr. Marvin's musicianship, comprehensive knowledge of style and performance practices of historical eras, and acknowledged mastery of ensemble music making have been the trademark of his insightful, communicative, and inspiring performances. Some 80 choral-orchestral masterworks from Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 to 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner, Paul Moravec's Songs of Love & War dot the landscape of his comprehensive experience in conducting symphonic-choral works from the 17th through the 21st centuries.


Kris Mason

Kris Mason, founder and Artistic Director of the Seattle Children's Chorus, has also worked in public music education and church music for over 30 years. Along with her role as Artistic Director of Seattle Children's Chorus, she conducts Arioso and Intermezzo, our upper-level and intermediate-level treble choirs. Under her direction, Arioso has been invited to perform at regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. In addition, she has served as a Washington State President of Chorister's Guild and as Repertoire & Standards Chair of Children's Choirs for the American Choral Directors Association in Washington State. She enjoys opportunities to serve as a vocal music clinician and guest conductor throughout the region and is an advocate of music in children's lives who has inspired many young choral conductors. She continues her work in the Music Ministry of Mt. View Presbyterian Church in Marysville, Washington where her husband, John serves as Pastor. Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Seattle Pacific University.


Phil Mattson

Phil Mattson is a pianist, arranger, conductor and teacher. His curriculum and teaching led to the establishment of The School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. Currently he resides in St. Paul, MN and leads The Phil Mattson Singers, a vocal jazz/choral ensemble.

Phil has served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA) and has taught at Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and at The Phil Mattson School (WA). His undergraduate studies in Philosophy/Religion and Music were done at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), summa cum laude, and his graduate work in Choral Literature and Conducting at The University of Iowa as an NDEA Fellow.

Phil has written many arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble and choir. Manhattan Transfer, Chanticleer, The Real Group, The Dale Warland Singers, The Four Freshmen, Clockwork, Beachfront, Solstice, Phoenix and Clarion Chamber Chorale are among the groups who have commissioned his arrangements. In addition, he edited the arrangements of Gene Puerling for publication.


Michael McGlynn

Michael McGlynn was born in Dublin in 1964. His harmonic language combines elements of traditional Irish music such as modal melodic lines and ornamentation, fixed and shifting drones and jazz-tinged chordal clusters. These features can be heard in his contribution to the Chanticleer commissioned "And on Earth Peace : A Chanticleer Mass". Michael contributed the "Agnus Dei" (2007) to this multi-composer work.

His best-known choral work is "Dulaman" (1995), a setting of the traditional Irish poem of the same name. This work has been performed and recorded extensively. It features another characteristic aspect of his musical language in its use of multiple alternating rhythms.

Michael McGlynn's music has been recorded and performed by such internationally recognised vocal ensembles as Rajaton, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, The Dale Warland Singers, Conspirare, the BBC Singers, the Phoenix Chorale and Chanticleer.


Dr. Susan McMane

Susan McMane, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducts Chorissima, the organization's acclaimed concert, touring, and recording ensemble. Before coming to SFGC, Dr. McMane served on the music faculties of the University of North Dakota and Saint Louis University, and was Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the St. Louis Women's Chorale. She has extensive experience training the female voice and has won numerous awards for her work, including the 1999 University of Missouri-Kansas City Women's Council Fellowship Award with Outstanding Merit. In 1998 Dr. McMane was named "Music Educator of the Year" by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her choirs have achieved great acclaim in Europe and the United States, including honors at the International Eisteddfod Competition in Llangollen, Wales. She conducts many Festival Honor Choirs and is highly regarded as a choral clinician and adjudicator. In addition, Dr. McMane is an editor of an advanced choral music series with Alliance Music. Ms. McMane earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied under renowned conductor Eph Ehly. She also holds two degrees in Vocal Performance: a Bachelor's degree from Tulane University and a Master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

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