All-State Choirs

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January 6-7 • Wausau

The January 6-7 gathering will feature performances by the Children's, Middle Level, High School Men's, High School Women's, Collegiate, and Vocal Jazz All-State Choirs.

Introducing the 2017 All State Conductors

Middle Level Choir: MARK JOHNSON - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

 

 

Mark Johnson began his work with the Minnesota Boychoir in 1992 as the accompanist and was hired as the Artistic Director in 1993.  Mr. Johnson holds a degree in vocal music education from St. Olaf College and he taught junior high choral music before becoming full-time conductor of the Boychoir in 1997.  Mr. Johnson’s reputation in choral work has led to many invitations to work as a clinician, accompanist and adjudicator with regional, national and international honors choirs and festivals.

 

Children's Choir: EMILY ELLSWORTH - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - ANIMA

Nationally recognized as a leader in the youth choral field, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of ANIMA- Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus since1996. Her work with ANIMA received the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America, the 2013 Chicago a cappella Tribute Award, the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum, as well as Chorus America’s once-in-an-organizational- lifetime 2008 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. In 2010, Ms. Ellsworth was inducted as a National Honorary Member into the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.

She has prepared various ensembles for performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, and others; nine CD recordings; national and regional conferences of ACDA, Kodaly educators, and Chorus America; and concert tours to six continents. Ms. Ellsworth has served on the music panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and is the advisor of Boosey & Hawkes’ Opera Workshop series.  She has served as Lecturer in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University, and spent over 20 years teaching and singing as a voice faculty member in various college and university settings.  In frequent demand as guest clinician/conductor throughout the U.S., she has also guest conducted in the Republic of Ireland, England, Hong Kong, and Brazil. Ms. Ellsworth holds the Master of Music degree with honors from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. 

High School Women's Choir: RHONDA FUELBERTH

Rhonda Vieth Fuelberth is associate professor of music education and coordinator of graduate music education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Glenn Korff School of Music. She holds degrees from Wayne State College in Nebraska, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music. In addition to teaching courses in choral music education, music and special education, and conducting and literature for school ensembles, she is the conductor of the UNL University Chorale, and is the artistic and program director for i2Choir—Inclusive, Intergenerational, Exponentially Better Together. The i2Choir is an effort to open choral singing opportunities to individuals who have a variety of physical, sensory, and cognitive challenges, as well as those who support them through their friendship and musicianship. Under her direction, the University Women's Chorale has appeared for numerous state, regional, and national conferences. An active member of the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association, Dr. Fuelberth currently serves as President-Elect for the North Central division of the American Choral Directors Association, previously serving as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women's Choirs for NC-ACDA, and as Past-President for the Nebraska Choral Directors Association. She frequently serves as a clinician and guest conductor, and has presented and published research at the state, regional, national and international levels of the National Association for Music Education, the International Society for Music Education, and the American Music Therapy Association.

High School Men's Choir: LEE NELSON 

Dr. Lee Nelson is the Patricia R. Zahn Chair in Chorall Conducting and director of choral activities at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Nelson was recently honored with the John O. Chellevold Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service. He conducts the Wartburg Choir and Ritterchor and teaches beginning and advanced conducting and literature at Wartburg.  He also serves as the artistic director of Christmas with Wartburg. A highly sought-after conductor, clinician and adjudicator, Nelson has directed all state and honor choirs throughout the United States and Canada.  He was invited to conduct the National Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall in 2011, 2012 & 2014. Under Dr. Nelson’s direction, the Wartburg Choir has performed nationally and internationally including an unprecedented performance at the White House and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.  Choirs under his direction have performed at state and regional ACDA conferences in 2007, 2012 and 2014.  Earlier in his career, Nelson received the Outstanding Young Choral Conductor of the Year, awarded by ACDA of Minnesota.  In 2005, Nelson won the National ACDA Graduate Conducting Competition in Los Angeles, California. A champion of contemporary music, Nelson regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature.  ECS Publishing distributes the Lee Nelson Choral Series both nationally and internationally. Dr. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree the University of Arizona.

Vocal Jazz: GREG JASPERSE  

A renowned composer, arranger, vocalist and pianist, Greg is currently the Director of Vocal Jazz and the award-winning Gold Company program at Western Michigan University.

No stranger to the stage or recording studio, his credits include numerous movie soundtracks such as “Jurassic World,” “Epic”, “Oz, The Great and Powerful”, “The Campaign”, “Star Trek” and “Star Trek 2” as well as the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Monarchy of Roses” and “The 2nd Law”, a recent release from the hit band Muse. His voice can also be heard on Disney’s “Prep and Landing” and various episodes of “Sofia the First.” He has also performed with Adele, Jennifer Holiday, Lillias White, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Dianne Reeves and Bobby McFerrin among others.

Greg is a member of Vertical Voices, Sixth Wave and music directed the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Voasis for three seasons. He has also toured as a “sub” member of the New York Voices.

His conducting credits include all-state vocal jazz ensembles in North Dakota, New York, California, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, New Hampshire, Illinois, Iowa as well as the British Columbia Honors Jazz Choir and Musicfest Canada’s Ellison Honour Choir, as well as numerous regional and festival choirs.

He is a graduate of University of Miami and Western Michigan University.

Collegiate Choir: ANDREW MEGILL 

 

Andrew Megill is Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and the conductor of three of North America’s finest professional vocal ensembles:  the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, and Fuma Sacra. His performances have been praised for their “power, subtlety, and nuance” and “profound spirituality” [Le Devoir, Montreal] and have been described as “piercing the heart like a frozen knife” [Monterey Herald] and “leaving the audience gasping in amazement” [Classical NJ].  At the University of Illinois, he leads the oldest doctoral program in choral conducting in the United States.

Dr. Megill frequently collaborates with the world’s leading orchestras.  He made his debut conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in December of 2014, and has prepared choirs for performances with the American Composers’ Orchestra, American Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonie, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and New York Philharmonic and conductors Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Joseph Flummerfelt, Rafael Frühbeck du Burgos, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Neeme Järvi, Zdenek Macal, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, John Nelson, and Julius Rudel.  An accomplished orchestral conductor, he has led the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, Masterwork Orchestra, and Sinfonia da Camera (Urbana, IL).

Dr. Megill is particularly admired for his performances of Baroque choral works.  He regularly collaborates with leaders in the field of historically-informed performance, including Masaaki Suzuki, Ton Koopman, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodwin, Julianne Baird, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Nancy Wilson, Peter Hanson, and John Holloway.  He has conducted many period-instrument orchestras, including Piffaro, Rebel, Sinfonia NYC, Brandywine Baroque, the Sebastians, Tempesta di Mare, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.  He has conducted and taught at Bach festivals at Westminster Choir College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as well as in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Megill has previously served as Music Director of the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra (with whom he frequently performed in Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls) and Chorusmaster for the Spoleto Festival USA (where he led “the finest opera chorus in the world” [Charleston Post and Courier]).  He has been a guest conductor for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, TENET vocal ensemble, the Juilliard Opera Center, and Emmanuel Music (Boston), and served as interim choirmaster for Trinity Church (Wall Street) in Manhattan. Prior to his appointment at the University of Illinois, he taught at Westminster Choir College for over twenty years.

Andrew Megill is recognized as one the leading choral conductors of his generation, known for his passionate artistry and unusually wide-ranging repertoire, extending from early music to newly composed works. He has conducted regional or world premieres of works by Caleb Burhans, Paul Chihara, Sven-David Sandstrom, Caroline Shaw, Lewis Spratlan, Stephen Stuckey, Jon Magnussen, Arvo Pärt, and Krzysztof Penderecki, and has collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Company, folk singer Judy Collins, puppeteer Basil Twist, and filmmaker Ridley Scott.  Recordings of choirs conducted or prepared by him may be heard on the EMI, Canteloupe, Naxos, Albany, and CBC labels.

 

Children's Choir

 
Middle Level Choir  
HS Women's Choir  
HS Men's Choir  
Collegiate Choir  
Vocal Jazz