The 2014 HONOR CHOIRS for ACDA Eastern Division
February 5-8, 2014
Penelope Cruz, Honor Choir Chair
ELEMENTARY HONOR CHOIR, a treble choir of singers who will be in grades 4, 5, or 6 in February 2014. Conducted by Angela Broeker.
Dr. Angela Broeker is Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas where she conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir and teaches choral courses for students pursuing the Master of Arts in Music Education degree with a choral concentration. Since arriving at UST in 1999, Dr. Broeker’s choirs have performed at the National ACDA convention in 2011, as well as at regional and Minnesota ACDA and Music Education Association conventions. In addition to her university responsibilities, Dr. Broeker presents for national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She serves as guest conductor for numerous honors choirs including all-state choirs in more than 20 states, the National OAKE Honors Choirs, and children’s honor choirs at the Southwest, North Central and Central Division ACDA conferences. Her publications include the July 2000 Music Educators Journal, the MENC Spotlight on Teaching Chorus, the spring 2008 Orff Echo as well as many local and regional music publications. The book she coauthored with Mary Goetze and Ruth Boshkoff, Educating Young Singers, was published in October, 2009. She lives in St. Paul with her dog and her husband-composer, Jay.
Elementary Honor Choir Application page.
JUNIOR HIGH HONOR CHOIR, an SATB choir of singers who will be in grades 7, 8, or 9 in February 2014. Conducted by Jeffery Ames.
Jeffery L. Ames serves as Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. His prior appointments include Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University and Choral Director at Edgewater HS and Lincoln HS in Florida. As a choral clinician, Dr. Ames has conducted senior and junior high school mixed and male choirs at the state and regional conventions of the ACDA and MENC, including the inaugural Florida Male All-State Chorus, and annually at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Choir. He has performed and guest conducted internationally in the countries of Costa Rica, Germany, and Italy. An accomplished accompanist, he has performed and collaborated with well-known conductors such as André Thomas, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Lynne Gackle, Bradley Ellingboe, and Anton Armstrong. Additionally as Artistic Director of the Belmont’s School of Music major events, he has performed with well-known celebrities such as Trisha Yearwood, Laura Bell Armstrong, CeCe Winans, Connie Smith, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, and internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. With a growing reputation as a well-respected composer and arranger, Dr. Ames’ music has been premiered by the Florida Music Educators Association, Florida ACDA, the Southern Division of ACDA, the National ACDA Conferences in Los Angeles and Miami, and most recently heard on the 2011 and 2009 telecasts of Christmas at Belmont. His compositions and arrangements are published with Colla Voce Music, Earthsongs, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Walton Music Corporation.
Professor Ames holds the Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Choral Music Education and a Master of Choral Music Education degree from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University. He is currently the R & S Chairman of Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Tennessee ACDA, and holds the honor of being the first recipient of the National ACDA James Mulholland Choral Music Fellowship.
Junior High School Honor Choir Application page
CHINESE REPERTOIRE HONOR CHOIR, an SSAATBB choir of singers who will be in grades 11 or 12 or college in February 2014, and adults. This choir will focus on the choral repertoire from or relating to China. The 2014 International Conductors’ Exchange Program will be between China and the US in 2014, providing some natural opportunities for exchange with the singers in this choir.
Jing Ling-Tam is a Professor of Music at the University of Texas Arlington. She has garnered international recognition in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. A brilliant conductor, Ling-Tam has conducted over thirty-five All-State Choirs in the US and numerous ACDA national and divisional honor choirs. As Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (1999-2009), her choirs have performed at national and regional ACDA conferences, TMEA, and toured internationally. Ling-Tam served as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master /Principal Coach Pianist for the Ft. Worth Opera Association for sixteen seasons, and was on the faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria for eleven summers. Ling-Tam’s recent credits include conducting the Taipei Symphony, the Coro de Madrigalistas of Mexico, and presenting workshops and lectures for the Children’s Palaces of NingBo, Xiamen and GuangZho in China; and the Festival 500, Newfoundland. Ling-Tam also served on juries for the World Choir Games in Austria (2008), China (2010) and Cincinnati (2012). This past year, Ling-Tam conducted and presented clinics and workshops in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Australia, Austria and Lithuania. Prof. Ling-Tam serves on the boards of Chorus America and The World Choir Games. Alliance Music of Houston, Texas publishes a choral series in her name.
Chinese Repertoire Honor Choir Application
HIGH SCHOOL HONOR CHOIR, an SSAATTBB choir of singers who will be grades 10, 11, or 12 in February 2014. Conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe.
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. On July 1st 2011, he assumed the post as National President of the American Choral Directors’ Association. Scheibe previously served as the organization’s Western Division President, as well as National R & S Chairperson for Community Colleges. Ensembles under his leadership have performed at six National ACDA Conventions, as well as two National Conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, and various regional and state conventions. Scheibe’s artistic collaborations include performances with Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Salvatore Licitra, and Kenny Loggins, as well as preparation of choruses for Helmuth Rilling, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, and conductors Jahja Ling, Edoardo Müller, James Judd, Max Valdez, Thomas Sanderling, and Alain Lombard, among others. Recordings of ensembles under Scheibe’s direction have been released on the Albany, Cane, Naxos, and ANS labels. Fall 2008 marked Scheibe’s return to USC after a fifteen-year tenure as Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, as well as previous faculty appointments at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Long Beach City College, Vintage High School in Napa, California, and Huntington Beach High School. Scheibe received his D.M.A. from the University of Southern California and his B.A. and M.M. degrees from California State University at Long Beach, where he was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus award. Scheibe is in frequent demand nationally and internationally as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator for choruses at the university, community college, community, and secondary levels.
High School Honor Choir Application page