2022 Summer Conference Schedule

(The schedule is also available here as a PDF)

  • Wednesday 6 Jul 2022
  • Thursday 7 Jul 2022
  • Friday 8 Jul 2022

Wednesday 6 Jul 2022

2022 Summer Conference – Wednesday

8:30 am – 9:00 am WELCOME and ALL-CONFERENCE SING

WELCOME and ALL-CONFERENCE SING

This is the kick-off session to the 2022 AzACDA Summer Conference!

Wed 8:30 am – 9:00 am

9:00 am – 10:00 am PLENARY SESSION 1

Dr. Craig Jessop

Creating Out of the Chaos – Thoughts on Developing Choral Survival Skills in Turbulent Times.

This session will include shared personal reflections on developing resilience through trying times for choral conductors and educators. Dr. Jessop will share personal strategies for teaching, staying connected with your singers and managing your own personal growth as an educator and conductor through the ever-changing landscape of our current times. Carpe Diem!

Dr. Craig Jessop is Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Masters of Conducting Program with a Choral Emphasis at Utah State University.    From 2010 to 2018 Dr. Jessop served as the first Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at USU.  This appointment followed Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as Music Director of the world-famous Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and as Head of the Department of Music at Utah State University.    He is the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra which in 2018 celebrated their 10th anniversary with a critically acclaimed tour to England, including performances at Ely Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church, Sloan Square, London. He has served as the music director of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival sponsored by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall. For the past 10 years Dr. Jessop continues to serve as the Music Director of the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his appointment with the Tabernacle Choir, Dr. Jessop was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force music programs, where he served as director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. (1980-1987); as commander and conductor of the Band of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein, Germany (1987-1991); and as commander and conductor of the Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band (1991-1995).   He has also been music director of the Maryland Choral Society, the Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir of Germany and the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.   He started his career as a choral music educator at Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Dr. Jessop has a Bachelor of Science in Music from Utah State University, 1973; Master of Arts fin Choral Music Education from Brigham Young University, 1976; and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Stanford University, 1980.

In 2019 Dr. Jessop received the coveted Days of 47 Pioneer of Progress Award in Education from the Days of 47 Foundation, one of the State of Utah’s most prestigious recognitions for service in education.   In 2018 Dr. Jessop received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education from the Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education.  In 2017 Dr. Jessop was named the Educator Laureate by Distinguished Concerts International New York at Carnegie Hall.  In 2016 he received the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award, the highest award in the Arts from the State of Utah, from Governor Gary Herbert as well as the Art Administrator of the Year Award at the National Convention of the College Orchestra Director’s Association (CODA) in Salt Lake City.   In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Utah, Dr. Jessop received the 2014 Governor’s Mansion Performing Artist Award bestowed by Governor Gary Herbert.   In 2013 he received the prestigious Madeleine Award for distinguished service to the Arts and Humanities by the Madeleine Arts and Humanities Council and in 2012 he was awarded the Utah National Guard’s Minuteman Award for service to the State of Utah.

Under his direction, the Tabernacle Choir received numerous awards, including the coveted National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House.   He has recorded over 15 CDs on the Telarc and MTC labels with the Choir and in 2008 received a Grammy nomination for his work with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

At the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Dr. Jessop conducted the Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, working with world-renowned artists Sting and Yo-Yo Ma, and composers John Williams and Michael Kamen. Other artists with whom he has collaborated include Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, The King’s Singers, Angela Lansbury, Claire Bloom, Walter Cronkite, and Charles Osgood.  In 2003, Dr. Jessop conducted the choir and prepared the singers for a performance of A German Requiem at the prestigious Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos. A much sought-after guest conductor, Dr. Jessop has been on the American choral scene for more than three decades.     His tenure as Music Director of the Tabernacle Choir and as director of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington D.C. has taken him to the most prestigious concert halls of the nation and around the world including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Royal Albert Hall in London and throughout Europe and Asia.   In 2013 Dr. Jessop was selected by the American Choral Directors Association to conduct the monumental Benjamin Britten  War Requiem  with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Orchestra at their national convention, the fourth time in his career to conduct at the national ACDA conventions. He is also a frequent guest conductor at the prestigious Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts and in 2018 was the resident guest conductor with the all-professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale at their annual summer music festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   He most recently has performed with the acclaimed American composer Morten Lauridsen and in concerts at the Sun Valley Pavilion with Tony Award winning actors/singers Kelly O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchel and Sutton Foster.  He also prepared the American Festival Chorus for critically acclaimed performances of the Mahler 4th Symphony and the Verdi Requiem for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in the Sun Valley Pavilion.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Dr. Jessop has been active as a baritone vocalist, first as a member of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, and later with the choirs of Helmuth Rilling and John Rutter and with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.   He is a previous winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions and San Francisco Opera auditions, and has participated in the Merola Opera training program of the San Francisco Opera.

He lives in the peaceful setting of the northern Utah valley of Cache County with his wife RaNae. They are the parents of four children and have ten wonderful grandchildren, 8 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

Wed 9:00 am – 10:00 am

10:15 am – 11:30 am FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 1

FOCUS SESSION 1

Young Sounds – Songs for Elementary, Boys, and Youth. Janel Huyett, Troy Meeker, and Herbert Washington

This session will be presented by Janel Huyett, Troy Meeker, and Herbert Washington who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board. 

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

In addition to reading through two-part and SAB titles, we will explore teaching opportunities and approaches to repertoire that assist young learners in building a strong foundation for a lifetime of singing.

Wed 10:15 am – 11:30 am

INTEREST SESSION 1

A Harmonic Learning Sequence for Developing Choirs – Dr. Alyssa J. Cossey – University of Arizona

Teachers must design meaningful and appropriate musical experiences that empower their students to sing harmonically from simple partner songs to works with multi-part divisi. This session will provide a recommended sequence for introducing and developing harmonic singing, including teaching strategies and recommended repertoire for each step of the sequence. 

Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe and provide rationale for a developmentally appropriate sequence of harmonic experiences as a result of the presentation’s content and teaching demonstrations.
  • Evaluate repertoire, from unison to multi-part divisi, for opportunities that align with this harmonic sequence during interactive score exploration of repertoire that highlights each stage of the recommended harmonic sequence. 
  • Following a final synthesis of key components of this harmonic sequence, attendees will be able to design singing experiences, with and without a notated score, that empower singers of all experience levels to become more independent in an ensemble setting.

Dr. Alyssa J. Cossey serves as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Arizona. She is the Arizona ACDA Collegiate Repertoire and Resources Coordinator, a member of the Western Region American Choral Directors Association Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, and a founding member of the professional women’s choir, mirabai. For additional DEI and classroom resources, please visit www.alyssacossey.com.

Wed 10:15 am – 11:30 am

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PLENARY SESSION 2

Dr. Craig Jessop

Make a Joyful Noise! – Challenges of the All-Volunteer Community/Church Choir and how to work with singers of all ages and abilities.

In this session, Dr. Jessop will share strategies for recruiting, auditioning, training, conducting and programming for the adult all-volunteer Community/Church Choir.

Dr. Craig Jessop is Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Masters of Conducting Program with a Choral Emphasis at Utah State University.    From 2010 to 2018 Dr. Jessop served as the first Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at USU.  This appointment followed Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as Music Director of the world-famous Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and as Head of the Department of Music at Utah State University.    He is the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra which in 2018 celebrated their 10th anniversary with a critically acclaimed tour to England, including performances at Ely Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church, Sloan Square, London. He has served as the music director of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival sponsored by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall. For the past 10 years Dr. Jessop continues to serve as the Music Director of the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his appointment with the Tabernacle Choir, Dr. Jessop was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force music programs, where he served as director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. (1980-1987); as commander and conductor of the Band of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein, Germany (1987-1991); and as commander and conductor of the Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band (1991-1995).   He has also been music director of the Maryland Choral Society, the Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir of Germany and the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.   He started his career as a choral music educator at Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Dr. Jessop has a Bachelor of Science in Music from Utah State University, 1973; Master of Arts fin Choral Music Education from Brigham Young University, 1976; and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Stanford University, 1980.

In 2019 Dr. Jessop received the coveted Days of 47 Pioneer of Progress Award in Education from the Days of 47 Foundation, one of the State of Utah’s most prestigious recognitions for service in education.   In 2018 Dr. Jessop received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education from the Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education.  In 2017 Dr. Jessop was named the Educator Laureate by Distinguished Concerts International New York at Carnegie Hall.  In 2016 he received the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award, the highest award in the Arts from the State of Utah, from Governor Gary Herbert as well as the Art Administrator of the Year Award at the National Convention of the College Orchestra Director’s Association (CODA) in Salt Lake City.   In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Utah, Dr. Jessop received the 2014 Governor’s Mansion Performing Artist Award bestowed by Governor Gary Herbert.   In 2013 he received the prestigious Madeleine Award for distinguished service to the Arts and Humanities by the Madeleine Arts and Humanities Council and in 2012 he was awarded the Utah National Guard’s Minuteman Award for service to the State of Utah.

Under his direction, the Tabernacle Choir received numerous awards, including the coveted National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House.   He has recorded over 15 CDs on the Telarc and MTC labels with the Choir and in 2008 received a Grammy nomination for his work with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

At the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Dr. Jessop conducted the Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, working with world-renowned artists Sting and Yo-Yo Ma, and composers John Williams and Michael Kamen. Other artists with whom he has collaborated include Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, The King’s Singers, Angela Lansbury, Claire Bloom, Walter Cronkite, and Charles Osgood.  In 2003, Dr. Jessop conducted the choir and prepared the singers for a performance of A German Requiem at the prestigious Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos. A much sought-after guest conductor, Dr. Jessop has been on the American choral scene for more than three decades.     His tenure as Music Director of the Tabernacle Choir and as director of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington D.C. has taken him to the most prestigious concert halls of the nation and around the world including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Royal Albert Hall in London and throughout Europe and Asia.   In 2013 Dr. Jessop was selected by the American Choral Directors Association to conduct the monumental Benjamin Britten  War Requiem  with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Orchestra at their national convention, the fourth time in his career to conduct at the national ACDA conventions. He is also a frequent guest conductor at the prestigious Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts and in 2018 was the resident guest conductor with the all-professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale at their annual summer music festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   He most recently has performed with the acclaimed American composer Morten Lauridsen and in concerts at the Sun Valley Pavilion with Tony Award winning actors/singers Kelly O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchel and Sutton Foster.  He also prepared the American Festival Chorus for critically acclaimed performances of the Mahler 4th Symphony and the Verdi Requiem for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in the Sun Valley Pavilion.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Dr. Jessop has been active as a baritone vocalist, first as a member of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, and later with the choirs of Helmuth Rilling and John Rutter and with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.   He is a previous winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions and San Francisco Opera auditions, and has participated in the Merola Opera training program of the San Francisco Opera.

He lives in the peaceful setting of the northern Utah valley of Cache County with his wife RaNae. They are the parents of four children and have ten wonderful grandchildren, 8 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

Wed 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 2

FOCUS SESSION 2

Meeting in the Middle: Repertoire for the Post-Pandemic Middle School Classroom. Mandy Lamberth and Katherine Rosenfeld

This session will be presented by Mandy Lamberth and Katherine Rosenfeld who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board. Selections will include holiday, pop, multicultural and traditional choral music. Please join Mandy and Katherine as we read through and discuss pieces that really work with today’s middle school students.

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Wed 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

INTEREST SESSION 2

Discussion Panel for Trans Young Musicians. Facilitated by Nicky Manlove – THEM Youth Ensemble

THEM Youth Ensemble is a performing arts program for LGBTQ+ and allied young people in Tucson, AZ. THEM propels the world-building imagination and artistic expression of young people by building new paradigms for arts education and youth engagement that center the experiences of trans people.

Wed 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 3

FOCUS SESSION 3

Cantaremos Honor Choir – Repertoire and Information. Albert Lee and Erin Johnson

This session will be presented by Albert Lee and Erin Johnson who serve as the Cantaremos Honor Choir Chairpeople on the AzACDA Board. 

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Wed 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

INTEREST SESSION 3

BREATHE IN: Exercising Empathy while Staying in your own Lane – Dr. Gregory Gentry – University of Colorado Boulder

As with many of us, my own methods of professional resilience have evolved—from challenges, personal events, successes, and years–as an elementary educator, then high school educator, through graduate schools, family life, and then as a university professor. Most recently, as a stage 4 cancer survivor I have discovered and invoked more calm and compassionate ways to deal with both students and programming, as well as one’s own peace of mind. Three pieces, presented here, by composers illustrate a refined understanding of compassion, insight and depth, thoughtful settings of texts embedded in contemplative music.

In the frustrating age of a pandemic such as we have been experiencing, the employment of resilience (or the capacity to recover quickly), empathy (the ability to listen), and Neuroscience (understanding the social brain and music) have been crucial. This presentation explores the music, the composers, and a better understanding of resilience and empathy.

Gregory Gentry is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he administers the doctoral, masters and undergraduate choral conducting programs at the CU College of Music. His new book, In Search of Inspiration: Interviews with Notable Choral Conductors (2021), is published by GIA Publications.

Website: gregorygentryconductor.com  

Dr. Gentry is founding Chorus Master of the new Boulder Philharmonic Chorus working alongside conductor Michael Butterman and the Boulder Philharmonic, to present the world premiere of Ozymandias by composer Drew Hemenger (2022). A skilled interpreter of new works, Gentry conducted the world premiere of Reflections on a Mexican Garden by Colorado composer Kevin Padworski at Carnegie Hall in April 2018. Gentry is the former Phoenix Symphony Chorus Master (collaborating with conductor Michael Christie), where he prepared many major choral/orchestral masterworks, including Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (2012), North American premiere of In Principio by Arvo Pärt (2011), On the Transmigration of Souls (2010) and Nixon in China (2009) by John Adams, the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio (2008) with an English/Navajo libretto, and the Arizona premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar in collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and Kelley O’Connor (2008). Gentry also made his Phoenix Symphony conducting debut in 2009 to sold-out audiences with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms

In addition to conducting All-State Choirs, Gentry’s collegiate choirs have performed at conferences for the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Music Educators National Conference, Colorado Music Educators Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, Society for American Music and College Music Society. At CU Boulder, he has prepared collaborative performances with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, and conducted Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with combined CU choirs and CU symphony (220+ singers and instrumentalists) at historic Macky Auditorium.

As a music editor, the Gregory Gentry Choral Series (Fred Bock Publishers) is distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation and features reviving select choral octavi from the former Golden and National Music catalogs, including significant works by Cecil Effinger, George Lynn, Wray Lundquist and Roy Harris. He takes professional delight in having founded Southwest Liederkranz in 2006, an intimate symposium for select choral professionals, where Kirke Mechem, Morten Lauridsen, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Vance George, Dale Warland, Dennis Keene, Duain Wolfe, Maria Guinand, Eph Ehly, Joshua Habermann, Sharon Paul and Gary Packwood have, to date, been invited to share their knowledge, wisdom, humor, and varying inspirations.

DocumentsVoyage Prayer (2 MB)
The Pasture (493 KB)
There Was a Time (847 KB)
Wed 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday 7 Jul 2022

2022 Summer Conference – Thursday

9:00 am – 10:00 am PLENARY SESSION 3

Dr. Craig Jessop

The Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square – Celebrating One of America’s Oldest Choral Traditions

Dr. Jessop will give a brief history of the Tabernacle Choir and its earliest beginnings to the present day. He was the associate director of the Tabernacle Choir for four years and the 14th Music Director of the Choir for 9 years. As a younger man he sang in the Choir for four years, both as a member of the choir and a soloist, under the direction of Richard Condie, Jay Welch and Jerold Ottley. Under his direction, the Tabernacle Choir received numerous awards, including the coveted National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House. He has recorded over 15 CDs on the Telarc and MTC labels with the Choir and in 2008 received a Grammy nomination for his work with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Dr. Craig Jessop is Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Masters of Conducting Program with a Choral Emphasis at Utah State University.    From 2010 to 2018 Dr. Jessop served as the first Dean of the Caine College of the Arts at USU.  This appointment followed Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as Music Director of the world-famous Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and as Head of the Department of Music at Utah State University.    He is the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra which in 2018 celebrated their 10th anniversary with a critically acclaimed tour to England, including performances at Ely Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral and Holy Trinity Church, Sloan Square, London. He has served as the music director of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival sponsored by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall. For the past 10 years Dr. Jessop continues to serve as the Music Director of the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his appointment with the Tabernacle Choir, Dr. Jessop was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force music programs, where he served as director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. (1980-1987); as commander and conductor of the Band of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein, Germany (1987-1991); and as commander and conductor of the Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band (1991-1995).   He has also been music director of the Maryland Choral Society, the Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir of Germany and the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.   He started his career as a choral music educator at Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Dr. Jessop has a Bachelor of Science in Music from Utah State University, 1973; Master of Arts fin Choral Music Education from Brigham Young University, 1976; and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Stanford University, 1980.

In 2019 Dr. Jessop received the coveted Days of 47 Pioneer of Progress Award in Education from the Days of 47 Foundation, one of the State of Utah’s most prestigious recognitions for service in education.   In 2018 Dr. Jessop received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education from the Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education.  In 2017 Dr. Jessop was named the Educator Laureate by Distinguished Concerts International New York at Carnegie Hall.  In 2016 he received the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award, the highest award in the Arts from the State of Utah, from Governor Gary Herbert as well as the Art Administrator of the Year Award at the National Convention of the College Orchestra Director’s Association (CODA) in Salt Lake City.   In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Utah, Dr. Jessop received the 2014 Governor’s Mansion Performing Artist Award bestowed by Governor Gary Herbert.   In 2013 he received the prestigious Madeleine Award for distinguished service to the Arts and Humanities by the Madeleine Arts and Humanities Council and in 2012 he was awarded the Utah National Guard’s Minuteman Award for service to the State of Utah.

Under his direction, the Tabernacle Choir received numerous awards, including the coveted National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House.   He has recorded over 15 CDs on the Telarc and MTC labels with the Choir and in 2008 received a Grammy nomination for his work with the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

At the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Dr. Jessop conducted the Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony, working with world-renowned artists Sting and Yo-Yo Ma, and composers John Williams and Michael Kamen. Other artists with whom he has collaborated include Renée Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald, The King’s Singers, Angela Lansbury, Claire Bloom, Walter Cronkite, and Charles Osgood.  In 2003, Dr. Jessop conducted the choir and prepared the singers for a performance of A German Requiem at the prestigious Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Rafael Frübeck de Burgos. A much sought-after guest conductor, Dr. Jessop has been on the American choral scene for more than three decades.     His tenure as Music Director of the Tabernacle Choir and as director of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington D.C. has taken him to the most prestigious concert halls of the nation and around the world including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Royal Albert Hall in London and throughout Europe and Asia.   In 2013 Dr. Jessop was selected by the American Choral Directors Association to conduct the monumental Benjamin Britten  War Requiem  with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and Orchestra at their national convention, the fourth time in his career to conduct at the national ACDA conventions. He is also a frequent guest conductor at the prestigious Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts and in 2018 was the resident guest conductor with the all-professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale at their annual summer music festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   He most recently has performed with the acclaimed American composer Morten Lauridsen and in concerts at the Sun Valley Pavilion with Tony Award winning actors/singers Kelly O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchel and Sutton Foster.  He also prepared the American Festival Chorus for critically acclaimed performances of the Mahler 4th Symphony and the Verdi Requiem for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in the Sun Valley Pavilion.

In addition to his work as a conductor, Dr. Jessop has been active as a baritone vocalist, first as a member of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, and later with the choirs of Helmuth Rilling and John Rutter and with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.   He is a previous winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions and San Francisco Opera auditions, and has participated in the Merola Opera training program of the San Francisco Opera.

He lives in the peaceful setting of the northern Utah valley of Cache County with his wife RaNae. They are the parents of four children and have ten wonderful grandchildren, 8 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

Thu 9:00 am – 10:00 am

10:15 am – 11:30 am FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 4

FOCUS SESSION 4

Digging Deeper – Part 2! Vocal Jazz and Show Choir. Lindsay Decoste and Ally Kluch

This session will be presented by Lindsay Decoste and Ally Kluch who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board. 

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Thu 10:15 am – 11:30 am

INTEREST SESSION 4

Let Me Share Some Inspiring Stories: Collected Interviews from Notable Choral Conductors. Dr. Gregory Gentry – University of Colorado Boulder

As we move forward with the need to regain and reNEW our footing in choral music repertoire, rehearsal, and performance, we can look to the future by reflecting on the past success of a diverse group of choral conductors. There is a lot to consider and reflect upon as we look forward. Perhaps one of the best ways to gain perspective and confidence is to look where we have come from, and the examples of choral experiences and challenges of others. Let me tell you of some of those experiences, such as:

  • Stories of inspiration from Peter Bagley studying with Nadia Boulanger and Helen Hosmer.
  • Stories of international collaborations such as Maria Guinand premiering works by Helmuth Rilling.
  • A story of preparation and triumph from Henry Leck about the Indianapolis Children’s Choir singing at the Superbowl for Kelly Clarkson.
  • Stories of friendship between Paul Salamunovich and Weston Noble through recollections of Eph Ehly.
  • Stories about greatness, and the significance of Elaine Brown and the Singing City Choir.
  • Stories about preparing choral performances for Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stokowski.
  • Stories of great experiences conducting remarkable All-State Choirs.
  • Stories of Canadian, English, and Venezuelan choral composers and their works, through Hillary Apfelstadt, Simon Carrington, and Maria Guinand.
  • And more!

Gregory Gentry is Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he administers the doctoral, masters and undergraduate choral conducting programs at the CU College of Music. His new book, In Search of Inspiration: Interviews with Notable Choral Conductors (2021), is published by GIA Publications.

Website: gregorygentryconductor.com  

Dr. Gentry is founding Chorus Master of the new Boulder Philharmonic Chorus working alongside conductor Michael Butterman and the Boulder Philharmonic, to present the world premiere of Ozymandias by composer Drew Hemenger (2022). A skilled interpreter of new works, Gentry conducted the world premiere of Reflections on a Mexican Garden by Colorado composer Kevin Padworski at Carnegie Hall in April 2018. Gentry is the former Phoenix Symphony Chorus Master (collaborating with conductor Michael Christie), where he prepared many major choral/orchestral masterworks, including Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (2012), North American premiere of In Principio by Arvo Pärt (2011), On the Transmigration of Souls (2010) and Nixon in China (2009) by John Adams, the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio (2008) with an English/Navajo libretto, and the Arizona premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar in collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and Kelley O’Connor (2008). Gentry also made his Phoenix Symphony conducting debut in 2009 to sold-out audiences with Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms

In addition to conducting All-State Choirs, Gentry’s collegiate choirs have performed at conferences for the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Music Educators National Conference, Colorado Music Educators Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, Society for American Music and College Music Society. At CU Boulder, he has prepared collaborative performances with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, and conducted Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with combined CU choirs and CU symphony (220+ singers and instrumentalists) at historic Macky Auditorium.

As a music editor, the Gregory Gentry Choral Series (Fred Bock Publishers) is distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation and features reviving select choral octavi from the former Golden and National Music catalogs, including significant works by Cecil Effinger, George Lynn, Wray Lundquist and Roy Harris. He takes professional delight in having founded Southwest Liederkranz in 2006, an intimate symposium for select choral professionals, where Kirke Mechem, Morten Lauridsen, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Vance George, Dale Warland, Dennis Keene, Duain Wolfe, Maria Guinand, Eph Ehly, Joshua Habermann, Sharon Paul and Gary Packwood have, to date, been invited to share their knowledge, wisdom, humor, and varying inspirations.

Thu 10:15 am – 11:30 am

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 5

FOCUS SESSION 5

Choral Potpourri – Something for Everyone. Alyssa Cossey, Chase Moore, and Joey Johnston

This session will be presented by Alyssa Cossey, Chase Moore, and Joey Johnston who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board. 

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Thu 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

INTEREST SESSION 5

Hidden Gems in Plain Sight: Sight-Singing Help For Young Choirs. Mandy Clegg – Chandler Children’s Choir

Sight singing is the gateway to developing confident, successful, and smart singers and ensembles! In this session, Mandy will offer easily accessible resources that can be used daily in the choral rehearsal to build confident, reading singers. She will offer simple strategies, that if employed consistently, will help your choir to sight read as a group and as individuals in audition settings.

Mandy has recently joined the Chandler Children’s Choir as the director of the Junior and Encore Choirs and sings with the Sonoran Desert Chorale. She was previously the choir director at Benjamin Franklin High School where she taught grades 7 through 12. Mandy now stays at home with her children Ruby and Henry and maintains a private voice and piano studio. She is passionate about teaching singers to be literate and believes that singing and music give you a beautiful heart. 

Thu 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 6

FOCUS SESSION 6

Different Notes for Different Folks – maximizing the strength of multi-generational choirs. Matthew Frable and David Stertzbach

This session will be presented by Matthew Frable and David Stertzbach who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board.

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Thu 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

INTEREST SESSION 6

10 African American Female Composers to Program This Year. Dr. Tim Westerhaus – Northern Arizona University

This session invites us to listen. To listen to the prophetic words of and stories from the lives of inspiring composers, past and present. To listen to their musical voices and then experience their music by singing together. We’ll approach this focused opportunity to center compositional voices that have been underrepresented with a spirit of joyful discovery and humility. We will embark on a journey exploring the lives of several historical and modern Black American women composers, such as Florence Price, Eva Jessye, Undine Smith Moore, Lena Johnson McLin, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ysayë Barnwell, Melanie DeMore, Zanaida Robles, and B. E. Boykin. We will sing music spanning a variety of styles and genres, from counterpoint to rounds and layered ostinatos. We’ll expand our programming palette with new and lesser-known Spirituals and non-idiomatic compositions as well as aural-based traditions of community singing. This exploration will include music to program in the upcoming year for concerts, contest, retreats, and sing-along community events. Music will include a variety of voicings, from unison to SATB, with a focus on educational opportunities.

Tim Westerhaus is passionate about transforming humankind through choral music that fosters empathy, builds inclusive community, and deepens understanding through diverse programming and collaborations. He seeks to advocate for singing among all ages and to engage choral beauty with contemporary issues relevant to society, justice, and culture in local and global communities. In 2021, he joined Northern Arizona University’s Kitt School of Music as Director of Choral Studies, conducting Shrine of the Ages Choir and directing the graduate choral conducting program. In Fall 2022, he will begin serving as Artistic Director of Choral Arts Northwest in Seattle and Master Chorale of Flagstaff.

From 2010 to 2021, he served as Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He has served as President of the Northwestern Region of the American Choral Directors Association and on the boards of the Washington Music Educators Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Dr. Westerhaus has conducted choirs in Europe, Colombia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Korea, and ensembles under his leadership have performed at regional ACDA and NAfME conferences. As a tenor, he sings professionally in the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus; he performs as a solo and collaborative pianist; and he leads baroque performances from the harpsichord. Dr. Westerhaus received his music degrees from the University of Saint Thomas, studying with Angela Kasper, and from Boston University, where studied with Ann Howard Jones.

An outdoor enthusiast, Tim enjoys running, cross-country skiing, and backcountry camping, whether in the Washington Cascades or Arizona San Francisco Peaks.

Thu 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 7

FOCUS SESSION 7

Music for the Contemporary Choral Classroom. Celine Durney and Sinamar Pascua Respicio

This session will be presented by Celine Durney and Sinamar Pascua Respicio who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board. 

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Thu 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

INTEREST SESSION 7

Don’t Fear the Fader – Sound System Basics for Choir Directors. Ted Gibson – Gilbert Classical Academy

In this session Ted Gibson will guide you through an interactive experience using live sound equipment. Participants will learn the “basics” of adjusting and equalizing sound for large ensembles with area microphones and individual soloists with hand-held microphones. Topics will also include more “advanced” audio techniques like eliminating feedback loops, using effects, micing instrumentalists, and the benefits of the digital soundboard. Discussion and hands-on interaction will drive much of the session. No soundboard experience is required.

Ted Gibson is the director of choirs and the guitar ensemble at Gilbert Classical Academy in Gilbert, Arizona. Each year the GCA choirs perform a show choir “pops concert” where Ted runs all the audio from the sound booth. He also takes his vocal jazz choir on local tours to elementary schools with their audio system (the same equipment that will be used in the session) and hosts an annual outdoor event at GCA featuring performances from all the performing arts ensembles (band, choir, and orchestra.) Ted has been behind the soundboard since he was a high school student. He has experience with the unique audio needs of choral ensembles in both indoor and outdoor live performances, as well as the needs of actors and ensembles in musical theater.

Thu 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Friday 8 Jul 2022

2022 Summer Conference – Friday

9:00 am – 10:15 am FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 8

FOCUS SESSION 8

You’ll Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Low Road – SA and TB music. Andie Chung Graham and Smith Graham

This session will be presented by Andie Chung Graham and Smith Graham who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board. 

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Fri 9:00 am – 10:15 am

INTEREST SESSION 8

Juntos: Embracing Arizona Culture with a Choir and Mariachi Collaboration. Aimee Stewart – Chandler Children’s Choir with Issa Johnson, a member of Mariachi Pasión, a local, all-women’s mariachi band

In this session, we’ll share our experience collaborating across cultural, language, and musical genres to create a truly enlightening experience for all. Our hope is that by sharing the adventure we experienced, how we navigated through it, and multitudes of resources, you can do the same with your choral program.

Mariachi Singalong at the end with members of Mariachi Pasión!

Fri 9:00 am – 10:15 am

10:30 am – 11:45 am FOCUS AND INTEREST SESSION 9

FOCUS SESSION 9

Creative Repertoire for High School Choirs. Greg Hebert and Robert Decoste

This session will be presented by Greg Hebert and Robert Decoste who serve as members of the Repertoire and Resources Committees on the AzACDA Board. The selections will be for intermediate to advanced treble and mixed divisi for secondary schools (grades 7-12).  Greg and Rob promise to offer a fun morning session filled with practical music from new releases to tried and true of a variety of styles.  

A selection of reading session repertoire will be provided digitally by J.W. Pepper. Be sure to DOWNLOAD THE READING SESSION APP and log in prior to the session.

Fri 10:30 am – 11:45 am

INTEREST SESSION 9

There’s No Choir Like Show Choir! Courtney Evans

Fri 10:30 am – 11:45 am

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm CONFERENCE CLOSING

Conference Closing

Ted Gibson and Katie Gerrich

Fri 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm