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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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Joan Szymko

Joan Szymko is a composer and conductor from the Pacific Northwest. With a catalog of over 100 published choral works, her music is performed by ensembles across North America and abroad. Abundant lyricism, rhythmic integrity and a vigorous attention to text are hallmarks of Szymko's diverse and distinctive choral writing. Fresh and inspiring, her text selections are as notable as her music. Especially significant is Szymko's contribution to the body of quality literature for women's voices. Her music is frequently heard at regional, national and international choral festivals and competitions. Since 2003, her music has been performed at every National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. The ACDA recognized Szymko's lasting impact on the choral arts in America by selecting her as the recipient of the prestigious Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission in 2010.


Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor is the director of choral activities at the College of Charleston, director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the founding artistic director of the Taylor Festival Choir. Taylor's ensembles have performed throughout the United States and Europe, and have been featured in numerous festivals and special concerts, including 2004 ACDA Southern Division Convention in Nashville, the 2005 ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles, American Guild of Organists regional conventions, and annual appearances in Charleston's Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals. Taylor holds a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Louisiana State University, a M.M. in vocal performance from Sam Houston State University, and a B.M.E. from the University of Central Arkansas. He has studied conducting with Kenneth Fulton, B. R. Henson, John Erwin, and his late father, Bob Taylor.


Nancy Telfer

Nancy Telfer is a Canadian composer who has been a choral clinician and guest conductor for many provincial, national, and state organizations throughout Canada and the United States. For many years she has presented workshops on vocal production to both choral conductors and singers.

Since 1979 Telfer has composed over 300 works for choirs, soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, bands, and pianists; many of which are published in Canada and the United States. Her music ranges from beginning to virtuoso levels and she has been commissioned to compose music for many fine performers. She believes that all music should delight the ears, capture the imagination of the mind, and feed the soul. Successful Sight-Singing, Books 1 & 2 and Successful Warmups, Books 1 & 2 (published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company), her reputable method books for singers, choirs, and vocal classes, provide innovative systematic teaching materials for sight-singing and every aspect of good vocal production. Her more recent publications, Singing In Tune and Singing High Pitches with Ease, focus on strategies and solutions for conductors, conductors-in-training, and voice teachers. Nancy Telfer's newest book, Successful Performing, focuses on ideas to ensure an outstanding choral performance.


Lori Tennenhouse

Lori Tenenhouse formed the Grand Rapids Women's Chorus in 1996 and has been the artistic director since it's inception. A member of the American Choral Directors's Association, the Sister Singer Network and a 2006 YWCA Tribute Awards honoree for performing arts, Lori is an advocate for women's choral music.

Lori studied jazz improvisation at the University of Michigan and performed in various rock and jazz bands in Ann Arbor and later in the Boston area. Lori was a string bassist with the New England Women's Symphony under the direction of Kay Gardner, and had the incredible experience of performing under the direction of Antonia Brico in 1979. During the early 1990's in Grand Rapids, she collaborated with local musicians and friends to form The Carla Tee Band and later the jazz band, Women at Play, which played exclusively original and improvisational music . Renewing her high school love of choral singing, Lori sang with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and with the Shir Shalom Choir at Temple Emmanuel.


Karen P. Thomas

Karen P. Thomas, composer and conductor, is the artistic/executive director and conductor of the Seattle Pro Musica. With Seattle Pro Musica she has produced seven critically-acclaimed commercial CD recordings, has received the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP-Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, and is currently a finalist for The American Prize for choral conducting.

Ms. Thomas's compositions have been performed at several festivals, including the International Festival Donne in Musica in Italy, the Bergen International Festival in Norway, International Congresses on Women in Music in England and Spain, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Alliance World Festival of Women's Singing, and the Goodwill Arts Festival in the United States. Her compositions are also regularly broadcast on radio and television throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Her choral works are performed by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and have been praised as "superb work of the utmost sensitivity and beauty."


Anne Tomlinson

Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and is responsible for the educational and artistic development of the Chorus. She is also Children's Chorus Mistress for Los Angeles Opera. Over the last ten years, she has prepared children for major operatic works including the world premiere of Tobias Picker's children's opera Fantastic Mr. Fox, based upon the story by Roald Dahl. In these productions, Tomlinson has worked with Placido Domingo, Andrew Litton, and Julius Rudel, among others. She has also prepared children's choirs for Los Angeles Philharmonic performances of Stavinsky's Persephone, John Adams' El Nino, Mahler's Symphony No. 3, Orff's Carmina Burana, and a fully staged production of Bernstein's Mass at the Hollywood Bowl in the summer of 2004. Los Angeles Master Chorale presentations include Orff's Carmina Burana under the direction of Grant Gershon and Paul Salamunovich. Live broadcasts include the January 2005 Chamber Singers performance on NPR's nationally syndicated radio program, "From the Top."


Donald L. Trott

Donald Trott received his Bachelor of Music Education degree cum laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He obtained both the Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Oklahoma under the guidance of Dennis Shrock. Following degree work he taught at Lawton Senior High School in Lawton, Oklahoma, Rogers State College (now Rogers University) in Calremore, Oklahoma, and Longwood College (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia.

His research in performance practice of the late eighteenth century resulted in two articles published in the Choral Journal and two lectures at regional and national College Music Society conventions. More recently he produced a third article for the Choral Journal based on interviews with Alexander Bernstein, son of Leonard Bernstein. His most recent publication is a monograph sponsored and published by ACDA.


Dr. Gail Walton

Gail Walton held the position of Director of Music at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame from 1988 until her death in 2010 after a long battle with leukemia.

Dr. Walton holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music, where she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance. The Eastman School also awarded her the prestigious Performer's Certificate in Organ. She has studied with David Craighead, Russell Saunders, William Hays and Andre Marchal.

Dr. Walton has performed throughout the Midwestern United States and in the summer of 1991 played concerts in the German cities of Bonn, Heidenheim, Mainz and Rottenburg/Neckar. In the summer of 1995 she took the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir on a tour of Italy, including appearances in Florence, Milan, Assisi and Rome.


Dr. Robert J. Ward

Robert J. Ward currently serves as Director of Choral Studies at The Ohio State University where he conducts the Men's Glee Club and Chorale. He also teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, Dr. Ward was for sixteen years a member of the music faculty at Oklahoma State University. He has been honored with invitations to present concerts and lectures for National ACDA, National Collegiate Choral Organization. North Central Division ACDA, Central Division ACDA, International Kodaly Educators, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, as well as Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia Choral Directors Associations.


Fred Waring

Fred Waring's career in the music business spanned more than sixty years. Though his early orchestra was highly successful with its novelty effects and collegiate dance music, it was his later vocal chorus that is best remembered today. The Fred Waring Glee Club was organized in the 1930s and quickly set the standard for choral groups to come. Waring is often called ''The Man Who Taught America How to Sing.''

Raised in his father's Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, music store, Waring studied violin as a youth and was a member of his high school glee club. He formed his first professional band around 1916, a six-man string outfit called Waring's Banjazztra. After graduating from college he took the group to Detroit, where it began to attract the attention of the local music crowd. He later dropped banjo from the line-up and changed the name of the group to the Pennsylvanians.


Dale Warland

Dale Warland, celebrated American musician, has made an indelible impression on the landscape of contemporary choral music both nationally and internationally. During his time with the Dale Warland Singers, he shaped a vocal ensemble known for its exquisite sound, technical finesse, and stylistic range. From that platform, Warland not only mastered the traditional repertoire, but also commissioned 270 new choral works.

The music world has responded by bestowing its highest honors on Warland, including the 2006 Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia's Individual Leadership in Choral Music Award, the Champion of New Music Award from the American Composers Forum (2005). a Distinguished Master Artist Award from the University of South Florida (2004), a Grammy nomination of Walden Pond for best choral performance (2003), the prestigious ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Victor Herbert Award (2003) and a special award from Chorus America and ASCAP for Warland's "pioneering vision, leadership and commitment to commissioning and performing new choral works at the highest level of artistry".


Jon Washburn

Jon Washburn is the Conductor and Artistic Director of Canada's outstanding professional vocal ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Well known internationally for his mastery of choral technique and interpretation, Washburn travels widely as guest conductor, lecturer, clinician, and master teacher. In addition to Canada and the United States, he has performed in Russia, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.

Washburn's early musical experience was wide-ranging and eclectic. As a teenager, he was a jazz bass player and band leader. At university, he became heavily involved in musical theatre, specifically acting, singing, conducting, and stage directing. He earned a choral conducting degree at the University of Illinois and proceeded to pursue musicological studies at Northwestern and the University of British Columbia.


Joann Weber

Joann Weber has served as the primary administrator of The St. John's Boys' Choir for 22 years. She facilitates program development and is responsible for day-to-day operations. In addition, Joann spearheads fundraising and development, coordinates staff and volunteers, conducts special events and tours, and serves as liaison with parents. Representing the choir on numerous boards, Joann has fostered an active community relations program that has resulted in significant public awareness of the choir and its activities.


Eric Whitacre

An accomplished composer, conductor and lecturer, Eric Whitacre has quickly become one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation. To date, Whitacre's published works have received thousands of performances and have sold in excess of one million copies worldwide. Over the past few years, his loyal fans and supporters have moved online, spreading Eric's popularity to an ever-expanding worldwide audience.

Though he had received no formal training before the age of 18, his first experiences singing in college choir changed his life, and he completed his first concert work, Go, Lovely, Rose, at the age of 21. Eric went on to the Juilliard School, earning his Master of Music degree and studying with Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano.


Julia J. White

Julia is the founder of the acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir (SVCC) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she oversees the program of over 200 students in three classes and three choirs and teaches courses on the child voice. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University and a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, where she studied choral conducting, organ performance and children's choirs. Ms. White has done post-graduate specialization in children's choirs at Westminster Choir College, the American Boychoir School, Royal School of Church Music, and Choral Music Experience Institute at Northern Illinois University, where she received Levels I- III certification and Artist Teacher Diploma. She has studied long term in Vienna, Austria, and England and holds the Level I Kodaly training.


Mack Wilberg

Mack Wilberg was appointed music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on March 28, 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served as associate music director of the Choir and conductor of the Temple Square Chorale. He was appointed to those positions in May 1999.

As music director, Dr. Wilberg oversees all musical and creative aspects of the Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Temple Square Chorale and the Bells on Temple Square, including selecting repertoire for concerts, recordings and tours and providing the creative direction for the weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast. He is also involved with selecting and training new Choir members.


Sir David Willcocks

The English conductor, organist and music educator, Sir David Willcocks, began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey from 1929 to 1934. He was a music scholar at Clifton College, Bristol (1934-1938), and then the organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge (1939-1940). Following a five-year period of war military service, in which he was awarded the Military Cross, he returned to King's College for two years (1945-1947). He was elected a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and appointed Conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic Society.

From 1947 to 1950 David Willcocks was the organist at Salisbury Cathedral and from 1950 to 1957 at Worcester Cathedral. During his years at Worcester he was principal conductor of the Three Choirs Festival (1951, 1954 and 1957) and conductor of the City of Birmingham Choir (1950-1957), with whom he gave his first British performance of Maurice Durufle's Requiem in 1952. From 1956 to 1974 he was also conductor of the Bradford Festival Choral Society. From 1957 to 1974 he was Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge, where he maintained the glorious tradition with distinction. He made numerous recordings that gained international popularity through television and radio.


Jonathan Willcocks

Jonathan Willcocks was born in Worcester, England, and after early musical training as a chorister at King's College Cambridge and an Open Music Scholar at Clifton College he took an Honours degree in Music from Cambridge University where he held a choral scholarship at Trinity College.

Jonathan is currently Musical Director of the Guildford Choral Society, the Chichester Singers and the professional chamber orchestra Southern Pro Musica, and freelance conducting and workshop engagements in recent seasons have taken him to many parts of the world including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, China and most of the European countries as well as the United Kingdom.


Dawn Willis

Dawn Willis, Artistic Director and Founder of Bella Voce Women's Chorus, also serves as the Assistant Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from Arizona State University and Masters degrees in Sacred Music and Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University.

In 1999, Dr. Willis conducted the New England Symphonic Ensemble and the McMurry University Choirs in a performance of Mozart's Solemn Vespers at Carnegie Hall. She has also served as a guest conductor for the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra and prepared choruses for regional orchestras in Iowa and Texas. Dr. Willis has served as the Director of Choral Activities at McMurry University and Iowa Wesleyan College, and has conducted the University of Vermont Catamount Singers and Arizona State University Women's Chorus.


Shelly Winemiller

Shelly Winemiller is the conductor of the Bella Voce Young Women's Choir. She holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Since her graduation, she has worked in several therapy settings with both young and old, including the Growing with Music program in Rochester, and has directed various church children's choirs.

Shelly sang for six seasons with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester as well as two years with the Minnesota Chorale. Her previous positions of conducting were held at Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, where she conducted the Children's Chorus for two years and the Lyric Singers (women in grades 9-12) for five years. Under her direction the Lyric Singers doubled in size, performed at the Regional ACDA in Omaha in 2006 as well as for the MN ACDA Finale Concert in 2007 at Orchestra Hall, traveled to Great Britain in 2003 and to Oregon in 2006 for the Pacific International Children's Choir festival (PICCfest), where the choir was selected to perform at the Oregon Bach Festival concert series.


Randall N. Wolfe

Currently on the faculty of Sinclair Community College and Central State University, I am the conductor of the newly founded Schubert Chorale and the Schubert Boys Choir in northern Cincinnati.

My current teaching assignments include applied voice and piano, choral methods, advanced choral conducting, sight-singing, and music appreciation, and I serve as an assistant for collegiate choral ensembles and a staff accompanist. I have also taught class piano, choral literature and arranging, music theory, and voice class, and I maintain a private piano and voice studio in my home in Mason.

Having taught in the public schools, I served as music director and pianist for the Cincinnati Boychoir for 22 years, giving performances in 23 states and 4 foreign countries, with ensemble performances in 7 additional countries, and concerts by members serving in the Vienna Boys Choir in 24 additional countries.


Ralph B. Woodward

The son of an internationally renowned choral conductor, Ralph B. Woodward is an accomplished singer, horn player, composer and an authority on the care and development of the young voice. He has played in the American Wind Symphony, and also with the Rheinische Philharmonie and the Utah Symphony, performed with jazz greats, Chuck Mangione and J.J. Johnson, studied and recorded with horn virtuoso, Herman Baumann, and worked in close collaboration with pianist Grant Johannessen and folk singer Pete Seeger. His own considerable writing for the choir often reflects his extensive multi-cultural/lingual background in Europe and Latin America. In 1999 he was awarded special recognition for his teaching, arrangement, and conducting at the Golden Gate International Children's Festival and Competition.


Dr. Jerome Wright

Dr. Jerome Wright, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, possesses over fifty years of professional conducting, 27 of those years include his leadership of Seattle Girls' Choir. In the fall of 2009 he began the transition of leadership culminating in his retirement in January 2010. Not to worry, Dr. Wright will continue as an integral resource for the Seattle Girls' Choir's for years to come. (etc.) A native of the State of Washington, he received most of his musical education at the University of Washington, and majored at the graduate level in Symphonic Conducting under the late Stanley Chapple, while studying choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger. He has five degrees, including two doctorates. He is a master artist-teacher who delights in seeing his students catch the spark of truly passionate, exciting, literate, creative music making. Dr. Wright has earned the respect of his colleagues because of his enthusiasm, energy, professionalism and musical results. In addition to his position with the Seattle Girls' Choir, he guest conducts festival choruses, and adjudicates and conducts master classes and workshops.


John Yarrington

Yarrington has written many articles for major journals relating to church music and especially the changing voice. His published compositions are with Augsburg-Fortress, Choristers Guild, and MorningStar. Books include Training the Youth Choir, Somebody's Got My Robe, and Somebody's Got My Hymnal. A new book, in progress, is entitled: Have We Had This Conversation?

Dr. Yarrington is the faculty representative to the athletic council and an avid basketball fan. He serves on the Admissions Committee as well.

In addition to his work at HBU, Yarrington directs the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Choir. Previous positions in church music have included McFarlin memorial Methodist in Norman, Oklahoma; The First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas and Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church of Little Rock, Arkansas.


Brenda Zadorsky

Brenda Zadorsky (B.Mus. Hons, B.Ed W.C.A.M.) is a highly sought after voice teacher, clinician, adjudicator and soprano soloist. She co-founded the Amabile Youth Singers in 1985 and has won numerous honours for her artistic leadership. She has acted as a clinician and adjudicator at several national and international conferences over the years and has been a guest conductor for numerous choral organizations. Her extensive career as a music consultant and teacher with the Thames Valley District Board of Education spanned some 30 years before her retirement in June 2009. Prior to that, Brenda was choral director at the St. Mary Choir and Orchestra School and she also taught music education methodology for the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Music where she was awarded several certificates for outstanding teaching. Brenda received the Don Wright Scholarship for Vocal Music, and in 2002, she was presented with the Canadian Learning Tree Award. She is principal of the Zadorsky School of Music and over the years, her students have consistently won major scholarships at festivals as well as entrance scholarships into universities and have continued with performing careers in Canada and abroad.


Dr. Steve Zegree

Internationally was recognized as one of the most respected vocal jazz conductors and educators in the world, Steve Zegree was active as a pianist, conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. His career as a pianist and conductor includes performances on five continents. Dr. Zegree is in demand as a pianist, clinician, adjudicator and conductor around the world. A renowned educator, his students are among today's leaders in jazz and pop performance, Broadway, recording studio production, writing, arranging, singing, and music education.

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