Timothy Carney is Associate Professor of Music at Chaminade University of Honolulu and Music Director of Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble. He began his conducting career in France, where he founded La Chorale américaine de Paris. Since then, he has conducted choruses across the United States, in New York, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Illinois, as well as in Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.

Miguel Ángel Felipe was born and began his musical studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Today, Dr. Felipe is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He also serves as director of music and liturgy at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, home to one of the state's largest church music programs.

Richard Nace is one of the Pacific Northwest's foremost choral educators and conductors. Mr. Nace is in constant demand as conductor, lecturer, workshop leader, and retreat specialist throughout the US and across Canada.

Granville Oldham is a choral conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, having made nearly two hundred appearances in more than half of the United States, as well as in Kenya, Jamaica, and Mexico.

George Torbay, Choral Conductor, obtained a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Sydney.

During the past decade Geoffrey Paul Boers has emerged as one of this region’s leading choral conductors and teachers. His choirs have performed at national and regional conventions of choral conductors and music educators, earning high praise for their expressiveness and technical mastery.

ANDRÉ J. THOMAS, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from FriendsUniversity (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A).

Heather J. Buchanan conducts the 160-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice Vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have been critically acclaimed for their performances in collaboration with a variety of renowned artists including Meredith Monk, Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin, Tarik O’Regan, and Joseph Flummerfelt; and performed major choral works with conductors Neeme Järvi, Jacques LaCombe, and John Maucceri and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Professor of Choral Music, Florida State University (USA)

Director of Choral Activities, California State University Fresno (USA)

In demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Anna Hamre’s work has taken her beyond the continental United States to Hawaii, Mexico, China, and Europe. She has guest-conducted twice at Carnegie Hall, and she is scheduled to conduct in Italy (June 2011) and England (June 2012).

Director of Choral Activities, California State University Sacramento (USA)

Donald M. Kendrick  is the Calgary, Alberta-born director of choral activities at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and the director of music at Sacred Heart Church where he conducts Schola Cantorum and Vox Nova (Men's Chorus, and the founder and artistic director of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra (a 200 voice volunteer/auditioned symphony chorus and professional orchestra). He is also the founder and past artistic director of the Sacramento Children's Chorus.

One of North America's most sought after choral conductors, Professor Jing Ling-Tam, Director of Choral Studies and Coordinator of Vocal Arts at UTArlington has garnered international recognition in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Amanda Quist conducts the Westminster Chapel Choir and teaches Techniques of Conducting and Group Vocal Techniques. She also shares conducting responsibilities for the Westminster Symphonic Choir with Joe Miller. Additionally, she is a member of the faculty of the Westminster Chamber Choir/Festival Chorus program, held in Princeton each summer.

Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s Department of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California, where he conducts the USC Chamber Singers, teaches choral conducting and choral methods, and supervises the graduate and undergraduate choral program.

Dr. Sharkova, Artistic Director of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, joined the Music Department at San José State University in the fall of 1998, where she served as assistant professor of music and Director of Choral Activities until June 2006.

Paul A. Smith began his music career early as a young piano student of the late African-American pianist/composer, Margaret Bonds. His formal education has included an undergraduate degree from Chapman University; a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California; and he is ABD toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Southern California.

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