As your partner in music education, we are proud to offer many enriching learning opportunities for your students at every event. Our renowned roster of world-class adjudicators is the embodiment of our company-wide commitment to helping your music program continue to grow musically and artistically in an environment that is fun, educational, and inspiring.
As standouts in their field, our adjudicators are passionate about answering their call to music as professional performers, conductors, and educators. You and your students will not only have your achievements recognized by these dynamic and influential musicians, you’ll also gain valuable insight for how to grow your program knowing that you have got the best of the best rooting for you.
Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990 after ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he had served on the faculty of Calvin College and led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale.
Christopher Aspaas is Assistant Professor of Choral/Vocal Music at St. Olaf College, received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf.
Donald Brinegar is Department Coordinator and Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College, lecturer in voice at Pomona College, and visiting professor at California State University at Los Angeles where he co-directs the Masters in Choral Conducting program.
Elena Sharkova is recognized nationally and internationally as guest conductor, choral clinician and adjudicator at music festivals, honor choirs and competitions. She has conducted professional, university, children’s and community choirs and orchestras in the USA, Canada, Scandinavia, Baltic Republics, Russia and Austria and made her conducting debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall in June of 2005.
Jeffery Redding is the Director of Choral Activities at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida. He challenges his students to strive to do their best in life, to touch and change lives through their music, and to seek unity between people of all races.
Lynne Gackle is Associate Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University (Waco, TX) where she conducts the Baylor Women’s Choir and the Baylor Concert Choir. Lynne is an active clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout the United States and abroad.
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Andrew Dabczynski is Professor of Music Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he is also the director of the BYU New Horizons Orchestra, a beginning string orchestra for adults and laboratory for string teacher training.
Gary Hill is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Arizona State University where he conducts the Wind Symphony and the Chamber Winds, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and is director of the Digital Conducting Laboratory.
Peter Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He is Conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, professor of conducting and music education, and Director of the graduate wind conducting program.
Phillip Waite is director of the Community & Public Outreach Directorate in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. In this position, he leads a joint team of civilians, military members and contractors in fostering public awareness and understanding of Department of Defense missions, personnel, facilities, equipment and programs, and providing policy guidance regarding the use of military aviation assets, bands, honor guards, speakers and distinctive Departmental marks.
H. Robert Reynolds is the Principal Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting.
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