Each of the various pieces that make up the breathtaking repertoire of the “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention, will be led by dynamic conductors. There will also be caucuses that will spotlight careers for women conductors and composers, led by leading women composers and composers. The roster of LFS! GNC Conductors & Guests include:
Christine Bass, conductor of the Women’s Chorus of Temple University.
Christine Bass conducts the Temple University Women’s Chorus and serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Education. Prior to her appointment at Temple, Bass served for 22 years as Director of Choral Activities at Cherry Hill High School West, Cherry Hill, NJ where her program grew from 60 to over 320 students in seven choirs. Her ensembles have performed at multiple American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference (now NAfME) national and regional conventions, as well as throughout Europe. They have sung under the baton of Alan Gilbert, Julius Rudel, and Rossen Milanov, and have collaborated with Philadelphia’s Singing City Chorus and the Newark Boys Choir. Her men’s a cappella group, Men of Note won three consecutive National Championships for Best of High School A Cappella at Lincoln Center.
Rollo Dilworth, Associate Professor of Music Education at Temple University and children and youth choir extraordinaire.
More than 150 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published—many of which are a part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with Hal Leonard Corporation. Additional publications can be found in the catalogs of Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Colla Voce Music, Inc. Dilworth is a contributing author for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series, both published by the Hal Leonard Corporation/Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publications, and for Music Express! Teachers Magazine. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); and Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014).
Angie Johnson, artistic director of Young Naperville Singers‘ Young Women’s Choir, Bella Voce.
Angie Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music education with honors from Northern Illinois University in 1991 where she studied piano with Donald Walker. Upon graduating, she taught choral/general music for Circle Center Middle School (Yorkville, IL) and Gregory Middle School (Naperville, IL) for 7 years. Conducting choral programs of up to 350 singers in curricular and honors choirs, her choirs were given superior ratings each year. Upon several occasions, she was named a “Most Influential Educator” by the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation.
Melissa Malvar Keylock is Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the American Boychoir School, where she conducts the community after-school boychoir program. She is in her ninth year as Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, conducting the Semi-Tones and Grace Notes choirs. She is the Founder of the Children Making a Difference benefit concert, which in eight years has raised over $18,000 for non-profit organizations. She is an Adjunct Professor at Rider University, supervising their music education student teachers. Previously, she was Director of Satellite and After-School Programs with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and taught public and private school, including K-12 vocal music and AP Music Theory. Melissa serves on the American Choral Directors Eastern Division Board of Directors as Repertoire and Resources Chair for Boy’s Choirs. Before this appointment, she served on the NJACDA board as R&R Chair for Children’s and Youth Choirs.
Vincent Metallo, Pennsylvania Girlchoir music director and former music director of the American Boychoir.
Vincent Metallo has distinguished himself in recent years as an eagerly sought after conductor, singer and music educator. Director of the Princeton High School Choral Department, Mr. Metallo has held the positions of Chair of the Performing Arts at the Princeton Day School, Artistic Director of the American Boychoir and Assistant Professor of Music at Westminster Choir College, DePauw University, Wellesley College and Lehigh University. Mr. Metallo has collaborated on numerous performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and New York Collegium.
Kelly A. Miller, Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Central Florida.
Kelly A. Miller is Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Central Florida where she conducts the Women’s Chorus and Ensemble. She teaches introduction to music education, secondary choral methods I and II, music learning theory and assessment, conducting, music and the student with exceptionalities, and graduate classes in music education, while coordinating and supervising student teachers through their junior and senior internships. Prior to her appointment at UCF, Miller taught at Western Illinois University as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, where she conducted the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She conducted the Women’s Glee Club at Michigan State University for three years and taught choral music at the high school level for thirteen years in Michigan, Florida, and Nebraska. While in Orlando, Dr. Miller founded the choral/vocal program at Timber Creek High School, served as District 8 Chair for the Florida Vocal Association, and received her National Board Certification in secondary choral music. Before directing choirs, Miller was a concert band director for grades five through twelve and instructed marching and jazz bands, music theory, and elementary general music in Nebraska.
Danielle Molan, conductor of Pennsylvania Girlchoir‘s Scholas and one of the most exciting, up and coming conductors of Girlchoirs.
Danielle Molan is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College with a master’s degree in sacred music, choral conducting concentration. During her time at Westminster she was Director of the Newtown Presbyterian Children’s Choir and Assistant Director of Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir. She studied conducting with Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Steve Pilkington. As alto section leader of the Westminster Symphonic Choir she performed major choral works with professional orchestras from around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic.
Elizabeth Parker, Pennsylvania Girlchoir conductor and associate professor of music at Temple University.
Elizabeth Cassidy Parker, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University where she instructs undergraduate general and choral methods, and graduate history and philosophy courses. An active guest clinician for children’s and youth choirs, Dr. Parker leads the Troubadors, one of four ensembles within the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. She also taught P-12 general and choral music in New York, Nebraska, and Georgia and held the Director of Music position for a large New York City not-for-profit where she grew a youth choir program of 250 voices. Dr. Parker regularly presents her research focused on the social, vocal, and philosophical development of adolescent choral singers and preservice music educator identity within statewide to international venues. Select publications include Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Choral Journal, and the International Journal of Music Education.
Andrea Ramsey, one of the most sought after women choral conductors, composers, and clinicians.
Composer, conductor, and scholar, Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys a working with singers of all ages and abilities. Currently, she is on faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, as Assistant Professor of Conducting and Associate Director of Choral Studies.
Dr. Ramsey enjoys guest conducting opportunities with all-state choirs, and has also conducted honor choirs for divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Additionally, she serves as principal conductor for the Pacific International Young Women’s Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon.
An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, she has approximately 90 published choral works in print with traditional publishers such as Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Colla Voce, G. Schirmer, GIA, Pavane, Santa Barbara and Walton. She is also venturing into digital publishing via web-based music marketplace, musicspoke.com. A composer with a teacher’s heart, Dr. Ramsey enjoys collaborating with choirs through residencies. She maintains close ties as composer-in-residence for the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, and has also enjoyed residencies at Ithaca College, and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.
Carolyn Welch, Artistic Director of the Lawrence Children’s Choir
Carolyn Welch, Artistic Director of the Lawrence Children’s Choir, has been an integral part of the LCC organization since 1996 and became Artistic Director in 2012. She oversees the artistic life of the 6-choir organization and directs the Ambassador Choir (ages 14-16), Tour Choir (ages 10-16), Choristers (ages 8-12), Cadenza (ages 5-9) and Crescendo (senior citizens). In addition to regular fall and spring concerts, recent performances for the Tour Choir include “Carmina Burana” at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO; a collaborative project called “Modern Families” with the Heartland Men’s Chorus at the Folly Theater in Kansas City; and shared concerts with the Kansas Sinfonietta, mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle and pianists Anna Han and Chaeyoung Park at the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS. The Tour Choir performed as part of the 2015-2016 “Great Spaces” concert series at Grace Cathedral in Topeka, KS. Recent world premier performances include “The Weaver” by Jake Narverud and “If It Must Be” by Andrea Ramsey. The Tour Choir recently returned from a performance and cultural exchange tour of Costa Rica.