Speakers and Performers

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Kara Morrisey

Kara Morrissey

Kara Morrissey is a soprano and member of the board of directors of The Washington Chorus (TWC). Kara has been singing with TWC since 2003, has served in multiple volunteer roles, and has been a board member since 2009, most recently serving as the chair of the search committee for the chorus’s...

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Angélica Negrón

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as for chamber ensembles, orchestras and choirs. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) while The New...

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Jeffrey Parola

Jeffrey Parola is an organist, conductor, and vocalist. A composer of numerous orchestral, chamber, and choral/vocal works, Parola's music is varied and eclectic, classically grounded and informed by American popular and experimental idioms. His choral works traverse a dynamic terrain, as...

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Charlene Pauls

Dr. Charlene Pauls is an award-winning conductor, soprano soloist, pedagogue, and clinician. Drawing from extensive experience as a vocal pedagogue, Dr. Pauls’ approach to choral conducting focuses on developing a beautiful sound through a deep understanding of healthy vocal technique. Over the...

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Josh Pedde

Joshua Pedde is the artistic director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of the largest and most respected children’s choir programs in the world. In addition to conducting ICC’s advanced treble choirs, Josh is also the artistic director of the Anderson Area Children’s Choir. During...

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Vince Peterson

Vince Peterson is a known choral music influencer in the United States. His 20-year career as a composer, conductor, and keyboardist spans the worlds of choruses, theater, liturgy, and music education. He has received critical acclaim and numerous awards and honors including a prestigious 2015...

Adam Reinwald

Adam Reinwald

Adam Reinwald is a nationally-recognized vocal chamber artist and conductor, and is in demand as a coach and clinician for developing voices. Since 2014, Adam has held the position of assistant conductor with the National Lutheran Choir, based in Minneapolis, MN, and added the title of community...

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Amy Rose

Amy Rose is the social media and and digital communications manager for the Barbershop Harmony Society and a life-long singer. As a performer, she has been a part of multiple award-winning a cappella and barbershop ensembles in the US and Canada for over 20 years. As a creative professional, she...

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Paul Rudoi

Paul John Rudoi is an award-winning composer, conductor, tenor vocalist, and arts entrepreneur.

Deemed “indisputably unique, confident, and innovative” through the American Prize, Rudoi's compositions have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and artists throughout North...

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Rev. Julia Sheetz

Rev. Julia Sheetz, Ph.D., is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as associate director of campus ministry for ecumenical and interfaith outreach; she also teaches in the department of theology and religious studies and serves as a facilitator in the intergroup dialogue program....

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Kumea Shorter-Gooden

From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Kumea Shorter‐Gooden served as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at the University of Maryland, College Park. Formerly, she served as Associate Provost for International‐Multicultural Initiatives at Alliant International University, as...

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Karen Siegel

Composer Karen Siegel draws on her experience as a vocalist in her creation of innovative choral and vocal works. Hailed as “complex and wonderful,” (TheatreScene.net) and “colorful and at times groovy” (WQXR.org), her works are frequently performed by the New York City-based ensemble C4: the...

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Jan Smith

Janet L. (Jan) Smith is the president of the board of The Tallahassee Community Chorus. Ms. Smith has served in this role since 2010. A blissfully retired attorney, Ms. Smith oversees the 18-20-member working board, working closely with the Executive Director and Artistic Director to ensure the...

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William Southerland

William Southerland is the Artistic Director of Triad Pride Women's and Men's Choruses in the Triad cities of North Carolina. He recently finished a Ph.D. in music at UNC Greensboro. William serves as Community Choruses R&R Chair for the the NC chapter of ACDA, the editorial advisory board...

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Dale Trumbore

Dale Trumbore is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer whose music has been praised by The New York Times for its "soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies." Her compositions have been performed in the U.S. and internationally by ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles...

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Joshua Vickery

Joshua Vickery is a vocalist, actor, producer, musical director, arts administrator, consultant, arts advocate and conductor. He holds an A.A. in vocal performance from Indian River Community College and a B.A. in general education/music from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has served as...

Nadine Wethington

Nadine Wethington

Nadine Wethington is the founder and principal of Forte Leadership LLC, a consulting firm with focus areas in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning and team building. She holds multiple certificates in executive coaching and brings deep expertise in issues related to...

 

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