Under the guidance of Winthrop University Emeritus Professor of Music/Director of Bands, Dr. William Malambri, nationally known adjudicators listen, evaluate and comment on your group's performance. Below you will find more information about our 2019 instrumental and choral adjudicators.
Bandmaster – Dr. William F. Malambri Dr. Malambri is a native of Fairmont, North Carolina. He earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.) and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.) where he was a student of Dr. William J. Moody. Additional conducting study was with Frederick Fennell. He is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Winthrop University, the institution where he taught from 1978 through 2011. While at Winthrop, Dr. Malambri conducted the Wind Orchestra, taught applied conducting on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and administered the annual Invitational Band Clinic. Currently, he serves as founder and emeritus Principal Conductor of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra.
Conducting, clinician, adjudication, and consultation assignments have taken Dr. Malambri to 22 states, the District of Columbia, and the nations of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Republic of Korea, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, and frequent trips to Norway since 1988. Included in these appearances are performances with the United States Army Band, the United States Army Field Band, the United States Air Force Band, the United States Navy Band, the United States Continental Army Band, service as the principal guest conductor for the International Music Camp in 1999, three concerts at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference by the Winthrop Symphonic Band and the Wind Orchestra, two concerts by the Winthrop/Carolinas Wind Orchestra at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference, four concerts during September, 1999 with the Bergen District (Norway) Army band, a concert with the Russian Admiralty Navy Band at the Shostakovich Great Hall (Saint Petersburg) in March, 2004, performances by the Wind Orchestra at the 2005 and 2010 annual conventions of the American Bandmasters Association, and at the 2007 Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference/South Carolina Music Educators Conference. Additional appearances include clinic/conducting sessions at the North Carolina All-State Band, the North Dakota All-State Band, the South Dakota All-State Band, the North Region (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Birmingham-Southern College (Alabama) Honor Band, the Augustana College (South Dakota) Honor Band, the Armstrong-Atlantic University (Georgia) Honor Band, the University of Akron (Ohio) Honor Band, the Tennessee Technological University Honor Band, the Mount Rushmore (South Dakota) International Music Camp, and region/district honor bands throughout the southern region of the United States.
Dr. Malambri also served as the sole American judge for the Italian National Marching Show Band competition in Como, Italy during July, 2006, and for the same event in Busto Arsizio, Italy in 2007. He has regularly provided the same service to the Malgrat de Mar (Spain) International Music Festival since 2005. During June, 2007, he conducted concerts by municipal bands in Amares, Portugal, and Padova, Italy, conducted concerts by the Wind Orchestra in Malgrat de Mar and Narvacles, Spain during October, 2007, and served as a judge for the Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia World Marching Band Competition during December of that year. Dr. Malambri adjudicated the Singapore Music Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009. During July, 2009, he served the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands as a judge of Fanfare and Concert Bands, and in July, 2012 was a judge for the Rastede, Germany Music Festival. During the next 12 months he is scheduled to judge in Florida and North Carolina.
Professional affiliations include membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. The National Band Association has twice awarded him their Citation of Excellence. Dr. Malambri is a clinician for the Jupiter Band Instrument Company, and available for guest conducting/clinician appearances through grants from that company.
Larry Clark Mr. Clark is the founder and President of Excelcia Music Publishing. His new company will focus on educational music for orchestra, choral and band along with related methods and books. Prior to Larry starting his own publishing company he served for over eighteen years as Vice President, Editor-in-Chief for Carl Fischer Music. He travels the world presenting at clinics and workshops and making appearances as a guest conductor. His background includes teaching middle school and serving as band director at Syracuse University.
Larry is equally adept at writing music for beginners as he is for high school and college ensembles. His music is characterized by rhythmic verve, tuneful melodies, contains a fresh harmonic perspective, is well scored and stretches the musicianship of the performers. He prides himself on producing music that is not only intriguing to performers and audiences alike but that contains a playability that comes from a keen understanding of the technical difficulties inherent in all instruments. His pieces have been performed internationally and appear on numerous contest/festival performance required music lists. He is an ASCAP award-winning composer, has over 300 publications in print and is in demand to write commissions for bands and orchestras across the country.
Christopher H. Cole Mr. Cole is the grandson of the late D.C. Cole, a bandmaster and musical pioneer from Rutherford County, North Carolina, and a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He attended Western Carolina University, earning a B.S. Degree in Music Education and an M.M.E. Degree. He began his teaching career in Kings Mountain, NC in 1976, completing a distinguished career and retiring in 2005. Mr. Cole has served as the Vice Chairman of the South Central District Bandmasters Association and recieved their "Award of Excellence" in 1992. He was the 2005 North Carolina recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence." Mr. Cole was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame in November 2011.
His professional affiliations include membership in the NCMEA, MENC, ASBDA, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and the International Trumpet Guild. He plays trumpet in the Carolinas Wind Orchestra and performs with Continental Divide, a Charlotte based rhythm and blues band. He has served as conductor/guest clinician for numerous All County and All District bands and has served as adjudicator in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona. He is active as a guest adjudicator at Carowinds Festival of Music. He presently teaches at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, NC. Over the years, Mr. Cole's personal musical performances have taken him to France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Belgium, Austria, Holland, Australia, Ireland and Spain.
Dr. Lorrie S. Crochet Dr. Corchet is currently director of bands and associate professor of music at Winthrop University. Dr. Crochet is the conductor of the Wind Symphony. Other responsibilities include chair of music education and instructor for instrumental music education courses. Dr. Crochet earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and her master’s degree in wind conducting and doctorate in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she studied with Gary Green and Nicholas DeCarbo. Bands under Dr. Crochet’s direction have consistently earned superior ratings at concert and marching festivals and competitions throughout Florida, Kansas, and Missouri.
Prior to moving to south Florida, she taught instrumental music in grades 4 through 12 in the Olathe School District in Olathe, Kansas. While attaining her master’s degree at the University of Miami, Dr. Crochet served as assistant conductor of the wind ensemble, symphonic winds, and chamber winds. From 1996 to 2000, she was the director of bands at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Dr. Crochet has served as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, Mississippi, and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. She has been selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for 1992, 1995, 1999, 2002, and 2004, and currently holds memberships in the American School Band Directors Association, The National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
James Curnow American composer James Curnow received a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University, recently honored with the School of Music Arts Achievement Award and a Master of Music from Michigan State University. He has taught all areas and levels of instrumental music and has received numerous awards for teaching and composition: the Outstanding Educator of America, the Citation of Excellence from the National Bandmasters Association, the North American Brass Band Presidents Award, the Volkwein Composition Award (two times), the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award (two times), the International Competition for Original Compositions for Band and the Coup de Vents Composition Competition of Le Havre, France. He was named Composer of the Year by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association and the National Music Teachers Association. He has received annual ASCAP standard awards since 1979.
Mr. Curnow has been commissioned to write over four hundred works for concert band, brass band, orchestra, choir and various vocal and instrumental ensembles. His published works now number well over eight hundred. As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. Curnow currently resides in Lexington, North Carolina with his wife Margaret and is a full time composer of commissions world-wide and publishes with Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation/Curnow Music Press, Inc. He also serves as Composer-in-Residence Emeritus for Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky and is editor of all music publications for The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia. Curnow was most recently honored with a listing in the Grove Dictionary of American Musicians (Online).
Dr. William G. Harbinson Dr. William Harbinson is a commissioned composer (BMI) whose compositions have been published by Alfred Publishers (CA), Carl Fischer (NY), Brass Chamber Music Press (TX), TRN Music Publishers (NM), Alry Publications (WA), Triplo Press (MN), Cimarron Music Press (CT), and the International Horn Society. His symphonic work, Kallalanta won the Merle J. Isaac Senior Composition Competition in 2007. He has twice won the Hinda Honigman Cup competition sponsored by the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, recognizing two of his works as the best published compositions by a North Carolina composer in 2006 (All the Starry Band, Symphonic Band) and 2011 (Lake Dance, Symphony Orchestra). His composition for brass and percussion, The Maestro’s Flourish won the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition (2005). His original band composition, Sparkle was included in Bandworld Magazine’s “Top 100 Compositions of 2011-2012”. He has been nominated as the North Carolina Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year (1986) and was a finalist in the Pi Kappa Lambda National Composition Contest (1993), the National String Orchestra Association Composition Contest (1998), and the Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest (2006). His Songs of Appalachia received an honorable mention in the Americas Vocal Ensemble Competition Contest (1999). A number of his works for band appear on the contest/festival literature lists of several states. He has received eight Editor’s Choice Awards (Pepper Music Catalog) that identify “the very best of the new music available.” A CD of Dr. Harbinson’s songs, performed by the vocal quartet APPropos!, was released in 1999. His works have received performances by ensembles and chamber players throughout the United States and abroad.
Dr. Harbinson is the co-author of Beyond Harmony: An Introduction to Analysis of Form and Structure in Music. He received the 100 Scholars Award from Appalachian State University (2008) signifying his sustained record of creative activity. Phi Mu Alpha presented him with the Orpheus Award (2009) for his significant and lasting contributions to music in America.
Dr. Harbinson served as the Dean of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University from 2000-2009. Dr. Harbinson received the prestigious Appalachian Outstanding Teaching Award in 1992 and a UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching College Award in 2014. He completed the Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education at Appalachian, the Master of Music degree in music theory at the University of Alabama, and the Ph.D. in music theory at Florida State University. His teaching experiences are very broad, ranging from his years as band and choral director at North Rowan Middle School and North Rowan High School in Spencer, North Carolina to his faculty position at Florida State University. He appears regularly as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and guest composer/arranger.
Joseph Hermann Joseph Hermann is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he is responsible for a dynamic and varied program consisting of the University Marching Band, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, and the Golden Eagle Brass. Before his appointment at Tennessee Tech in 1989, Hermann was the Associate Director of Bands and the Director of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band at the University of Arizona, an Assistant Director of Bands and a Director of the Marching Hundred at Indiana University and Director of Bands at East Tennessee State University and Associate Conductor of the Johnson City (TN) Symphony Orchestra. Secondary school teaching incorporated directing the Dowling High School Band, West Des Moines, Iowa, and supervision of the Des Moines Catholic Instrumental Music Program for the Diocese of Des Moines. Under his leadership, the school music program expanded to unprecedented enrollment.
In addition, he served as the Educational Director for Bands of America and McCormick’s Enterprises, a music corporation, in Chicago, Illinois. Hermann is sought after as a conductor, adjudicator, and speaker, and as such has appeared in over thirty states, Canada, the Netherlands, and throughout Japan. His symphonic bands have been featured at state, regional and national conventions; his interpretations have been broadcast on National Public Radio. Recordings of his ensembles have been issued as reference for music educators nationwide through music publishers and on the Mark Custom label. He is a proponent of new music for winds, has premiered numerous works for wind band while remaining an active participant in commissioning projects.
Hermann was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 1996 and served as a member of its Board of Directors, became Vice President in 2007, President Elect in 2008, and served ABA as its President until March, 2010. Hermann is an affiliate of CBDNA, MENC, NBA, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, has served as the editor for the New Music Reviews for the Tennessee Musician, and is a past board member of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a past President of the PAC-10 Band Directors Association, a past Province Governor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. In 2008, Tennessee Tech University distinguished Hermann as the Outstanding Faculty for Professional Service, and he was honored with the Distinguished Service to Music Medal in Conducting by the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Hermann earned his degrees from Drake University where he was a student of Professor Don R. Marcouiller.
Dr. Stanley F. Michalski, Jr. Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music and Conductor of Bands at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, forged a distinguished career spanning fifty-five years as a conductor, educator, performer and clinician-adjudicator and active member of national and international music associations. Currently, Dr. Michalski is serving as Coordinator of Instrumental music for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Music at Winthrop University where he serves as Associate Conductor of the Carolina Wind Orchestra. Michalski received his B.S. Degree, cum laude, in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1956. In 1958, he was awarded a Master of Education Degree and in 1966 earned the Doctor of Education Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. He was selected as the first candidate for the Band Conductor Assistantship Program under the mentorship of Dr. James W. Dunlop. Prior to his professorship at Clarion University, Dr. Michalski served as Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Harrisburg, PA from 1956 to 1958, and from 1959 to 1961, held a similar position in Mifflintown, PA. He is the author of numerous published articles on music education, bands, and low brass and was the founder and conductor of the Clarion University Summer Band and Jazz Workshops and Band Front Clinics. He was the first recipient of the Clarion University Student-Alumni Golden Eagle Award for his contributions in furthering the reputation and best image of Clarion University.
Robert W. Smith Mr Smith (b. 1958) is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today. He has over 800 publications with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog. Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His Symphony #1 (The Divine Comedy), Symphony #2 (The Odyssey), Symphony #3 (Don Quixote), Inchon and Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual have received worldwide critical acclaim. His educational compositions such as The Tempest, Encanto, and The Great Locomotive Chase have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.
Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. From professional ensembles such as the United States Navy Band, United States Air Force Band, Boston Pops and the Atlanta Symphony to school bands and orchestras throughout the world, his music speaks to audiences in any concert setting. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. His music has been recorded by various ensembles and is available on CD and download through iTunes, Amazon, and other recorded music outlets. Mr. Smith is currently a Professor of Music and coordinator of the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. His teaching responsibilities are focused in music composition, production, publishing and business. In addition, is the President/CEO of RWS Music Company, exclusively distributed through C. L. Barnhouse.
Dr. Gary Sousa Dr. Gary Sousa is one of the most respected wind band conductors in the United States. Recently retired from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Sousa is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and has conducted throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His ensembles have performed for national conferences of the American Bandmasters Association and College Band Directors National Association, state conferences of the Texas Music Educators Association and Tennessee Music Education Association, and in such celebrated concert venues as Carnegie Hall and Houston’s Wortham Center. An advocate for the creation and performance of new music, Dr. Sousa has actively participated in the commissioning of over forty new works for the wind band. He has chaired the American Bandmasters Association/University of Florida Band Commissioning Committee, the Southeastern Conference Band Directors Commissioning Committee, and the College Band Directors National Association Young Band Composition Committee.
Dr. Sousa holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Rhode Island, and both his master's and doctorate from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he studied with Craig Kirchhoff. He taught both middle school and high school band in Weston, Connecticut (1976-1980), was Associate Director of Bands at Baylor University (1982-1986), Director of Bands at Sam Houston State University (1988-1997) and Director of Bands at the University of Tennessee (1997-2016).
Jim Swearingen James Swearingen's talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is currently Professor of Music, Department Chair of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a staff arranger for the famed Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment took him to the community of Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.
Dr. Richard Good Dr. Rick Good has served as the Director of Bands at Auburn University since 2007, earning rank of Professor of Music in 2009. His current duties include conducting the Auburn University Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, the university’s top, premiere wind and percussion ensemble; overseeing the development of all Auburn University bands; and teaching both graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind literature courses. Under his direction, the AU Symphonic Winds have been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Conference in February 2014.
Dr. Good received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Euphonium Performance at Arizona State University in 1997 and served as the Acting Associate Director of Bands during the 1994-1995 academic year. He earned his Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Before earning advanced degrees, Dr. Good taught for seven years in the public schools of Pennsylvania and Virginia. He has been privileged to study with nationally-renowned names in conducting and low-brass performance, including Richard Strange, Frank Wickes, Donald Stanley, Sam Pilafian, Dan Perantoni, and Larry Campbell.
Prior to his appointment as Director of Bands, Dr. Good served as the Auburn University Marching Band Director from 1995 through 2006. Under his direction, the AU Marching Band received the Sudler Trophy Award in 2004, the nation's most coveted award for college and university marching bands, and was selected to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. The marching band grew in membership from 275 to 375 during his tenure as director, marking the largest increase in size under one director in the band’s history. While serving as Marching Band Director, Dr. Good simultaneously served as the applied instructor of the Auburn University low brass studio. His low brass students earned numerous national performance awards and scholarships and went on to earn faculty positions at institutions including but not limited to University of Michigan, Purdue University, Mississippi State, University of South Alabama, and Columbus State University.
Dr. Good has had an accomplished and productive career that has been marked with numerous honors and awards. Most recently, he was elected into membership into the American Bandmasters Association, a prestigious organization, founded in 1929 by John Philip Sousa, with only 300 conductors and composers in the United States and Canada. He has served as the Director of the Macy’s All-American Marching Band since November 2006. He also currently serves as the President-Elect of the National Band Association. During his career, he has been an invited lecturer or presenter at dozens of professional meetings and conferences, an invited guest conductor of All-State bands across the country, and an invited adjudicator and performer, enabling him to work throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Dr. Ronnie Wooten A native of North Carolina, Dr. Wooten received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (cum laude) from East Carolina University. He received the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees, both in conducting, from Michigan State University, where he held a teaching assistantship and a competitive doctoral fellowship in the School of Music. He has pursued additional conducting studies at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada), Campbell University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Michigan. His principal conducting teachers include: Eugene Corporon, Kenneth Bloomquist, Herbert Carter and Robert Hause.
In addition to conducting the NIU Wind Ensemble, Dr. Wooten teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs in music education. He also supervises instrumental student teachers and teaches courses in instrumental techniques and methods, wind instrument literature, and conducting.
Dr. Wooten began his teaching career in the public schools of North Carolina, where he was Assistant Band Director of the three-time Bands of America Grand National Champion Rocky Mount High School Band and as Director of Instrumental Music for grades 8-12 in the Goldsboro City School District where his ensembles received consecutive Superior, Division I and Excellent Ratings in concert and marching venues throughout the southeastern United States. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer, and consultant for instrumental music education across the country, and has conducted honor bands and clinics throughout the United States and Canada. He has been invited to serve as guest conductor of the United States Army Field Band at Ft. Meade, Maryland, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, and the Provincial Honor Band of Alberta, Canada, and as orchestra director for the international conference “A Multicultural Celebration of Diversity in Music” in Flagstaff, Arizona.
He has presented research for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, College Band Directors National Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education, the People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions Conference and The National Association of Black Cultural Centers. Dr. Wooten has also served as Music Execution Judge and clinician for the Kiwanis International Music Festival in both Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.
In 2002 he was invited to deliver the keynote address for the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Conference and served as Artist-in -Residence at the University of Louisville for their annual Festival of African American Music. Under his direction, the NIU Wind Ensemble has performed for the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference and at the National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music Conference.
Dr. Wooten holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, Illinois Music Educators Association, Illinois Collegiate Band Director’s Association, Mid-America Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the College Band Directors National Association, where he serves as member of the Committee on Ethnicity and Gender Issues.
Dr. Wooten received the NIU Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2000.
Instrumental Adjudicator Schedule
March 23rd Malambri Cole Curnow
March 29th & 30th Malambri Crochet Curnow
April 5th & 6th Malambri Michalski Shaffer
April 12th & 13th Malambri Wooten Harbison
April 26th & 27th Malambri Good Clark
May 2nd, 3rd & 4th Malambri Michalski Swearingen
May 9th, 10th & 11th Malambri Michalski Swearingen
May 16th, 17th & 18th Malambri Hermann Smith
May 24th Malambri Cole Curnow
May 31st & June 1st Malambri Michalski Sousa
Choirmaster - Dr. Robert Holquist Dr. Holquist grew up in Rhinelander, WI, and was active as a trombonist in the high school band, jazz band, and orchestra. His interest in choral singing developed while he sang in his church choir during high school. When he entered Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point, he decided to pursue vocal music education. Following graduation, Holquist served as choral director at Merrill (WI) Senior High School for three years, where enrollment in choral music grew from 99 singers to 225. Following the completion of a Master of Science in Teaching Music degree in 1971, (UW-Madison, and UW-Eau Claire), he was appointed Assistant Professor of Choral and Vocal Music at Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD). During his tenure there, Holquist attended summer sessions (and a full academic year) at the University of Iowa, in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting degree. After the doctorate was earned in December, 1978, he was hired at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where he served as Director of Choral Activities from August, 1979 until his retirement in May, 2011. Holquist also was the chair of the voice division from 1980 until 2007, when he entered a four-year period of “phased retirement.”
While conducting choral music has been Holquist’s main area of concentration, he studied voice at each of his institutions of higher learning. He has performed several opera roles during undergraduate school, and for the Cullowhee Music Festival. He often serves as soloist for oratorio performances, and has presented numerous recital performances in each of his professional positions. Voice teaching has been about a third of his teaching load throughout his university career. In addition to choral and vocal instruction, Holquist taught classes in conducting and music education. He has maintained a keen interest in school choral music programs, and often serves as adjudicator for choral and vocal events in NC and the Southeast. Holquist is demand as a guest conductor for all-county and regional choruses. In his retirement, he has remained connected to WCU and the music education program, as he supervises student teachers in music.
Dr. Holquist has been involved with church music almost continuously from 1966 to the present. He celebrated thirty-five years of service as the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Sylva in September 2018. Prior to that, he was choir director at the United Methodist Church in Mitchell, SD, and at four Congregational churches in Wisconsin. “While I enjoy a great deal of satisfaction from singing solos and conducting choral music, my greatest joy is to see my former students bring the excitement and pleasure of music to those under their leadership.”
Emily Holt Crocker Emily Crocker taught public school music at all levels for 15 years in Texas. In 1989, she was hired by Hal Leonard, the largest publisher or choral and classroom publications in the world, becoming VIce President of Choral Publications in 2000, and retiring in 2017 after 29 years. In 1994 she founded the Milwaukee Children's Choir and was artistic director of the group until 2009. While under her leadership, the choir grew from 35 members to over 400 and received acclaim for performances with teh Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the American Choral Directors Association, and internationally at festivals around the world. IN addition, she established the MCC Harmony Program, with music instruction offered through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Schools. In 2009 she founded the Vocal Arts Academy of Milwaukee, a youth choir for grades 7-12, dedicated to the performance of outstanding choral literature of all eras and styles, leading that group until 2015.
As a composer, Ms. Crocker's works have been performed around the world and she has received ASCAP awards for concert music since 1986. She is well known for her work in developing choral instructional materials and is an author and senior editor of Voices in Concert, choral textbook series for grades 6-12. The Civic Music Association of Milwaukee awarded her the Distinguished Citizen Award - Professional in the Arts in 2009. She was named Honored Alumna for 2009 by the University of North Texas College of Music and in 2017 received the Outstanding Service Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Katherine S. Kinsey Dr. Katherine Kinsey serves as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Winthrop University. She is in her seventeenth year as a choral music faculty member where she directs the Winthrop Chorale and the Winthrop Chamber Singers, teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting, instructs music education classes and supervises student teachers in choral music education. She was appointed the Artistic Director and Conductor of the York County Choral Society in 2012.
She holds a Master’s degree of Music Education from UNC-Greensboro and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina. She began her teaching career in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools where she taught middle and high school choral music for thirteen years prior to her appointment at Winthrop and simultaneously worked with the Community School of the Arts teaching voice, piano, and music theory for seven years. In addition, she frequently serves as a clinician of choral festivals for both middle and high school singers, as an adjudicator for choral contests/festivals and works annually with high school choral and church music programs as a consultant offering guidance with regard to choral singing, score interpretation and festival preparation. Dr. Kinsey has been an adjudicator for the Carowinds Choral Festival since 1998.
Earlene Rentz Dr Earlene Rentz received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Montevallo (Alabama) and both Master and Doctoral degrees in Music Education from Florida State University. She is a native of Moultrie, Georgia, and taught choral music for seven years in Habersham County (GA) at elementary, junior high and high school levels. She has taught music education courses at California State University, Long Beach, The University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University.
In addition to her current work as a free-lance choral music writer and publisher, she is a speaker and clinician in choral music education techniques, and frequently conducts choral ensembles in district, regional and state events. She has conducted All-State Choirs in Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Alabama. She has published more than 450 choral compositions for school and church choirs. Her list of publishers includes Alfred, Alliance, BriLee, Carl Fischer, Choristers Guild, Colla Voce, Earlene Rentz Online Publications, Heritage, Hinshaw, Kjos, Lorenz, MorningStar, Oxford, Santa Barbara, Shawnee, Warner Brothers and Walton. Dr. Rentz published her first book with Carl Fischer Music in March 2009 entitled From Concepts to Concerts: Building Competence in the Choral Classroom.
In 2011, she began her own online publishing company, Earlene Rentz Online Publications. Her company concentrates in using today's technology to immediately provide choral directors with quality music at affordable prices, selling PDF files with unlimited copying priviledges. Her educational emphasis in composition focuses on providing materials to choral directors so that they may teach her music quickly and competently. She lives near Lexington, Kentucky, where she enjoys her current profession as a full-time choral music publisher, composer and arranger.
Marc Setzer, Marc Setzer served as Director of Choral Music and Performing Arts Chair at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1979 until his recent retirement in June of 2014. He comes from a family of professional musicians; his parents were members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and his brother is a violinist with the Grammy Award winning Emerson String Quartet. Mr. Setzer holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Theodore Presser Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education, a finalist for Teacher of the Year in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System in 1988, and North Carolina’s Choral Music Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013.
Dr. Stephen Hopkins, Director of Choral Activities in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, a position he has held since 1992. He conducts the Chamber Singers and University Singers and teaches choral conducting, choral techniques, and choral literature at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His previous teaching experience includes two years as Director of Choral Activities at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas and seven years of public school teaching in Tennessee and Texas. A native of Paris, Tennessee, Dr.. Hopkins holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University.
Dr. Russell L. Robinson Dr. Robinson has been on the faculty at the University of Florida since 1984, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral and music education and is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Education department. Highly in demand, Dr. Robinson has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America and Australia, as well as conducting venues, which include: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, the White House, Washington's National Cathedral and the Wiesbaden, Germany Kurhaus. He is a past President of the Florida Music Educators Association, Interim Associate Dean of the UF College of Fine Arts, National Collegiate Chair for the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and MENC Choral Adviser. Dr. Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 200 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVDs. He and his wife, Brenda, are the founders of the University of Florida Teach the world program, now in its fifth year in international schools in Rome and Paris.
Tom T. Shelton, Jr. Mr. Shelton is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music and music education.
In addition, he is conductor of the Princeton Girlchoir’s Cantores (High School) ensemble and the Director of Music for Children and Youth at Princeton United Methodist Church. Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School.
In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award. Before joining the faculty of Westminster Choir College, Mr. Shelton served as Associate Director of Music for Children and Youth at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., and as conductor of the Chorale for the Greensboro Youth Chorus. Mr. Shelton is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, currently serving as the National President-Elect Delegate. Past ACDA leadership positions have included Southern Division President (2011-2012), National R&S Chair for Middle School/Junior High Choirs (2007-2009) and North Carolina President (2005-2007).
Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs for elementary, middle school and high school students in 17 states and abroad, including the ACDA Central Division Junior High Honor Choir as well as All State Choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina. His compositions have been published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, GIA Publications, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music. He serves as the editor of the “Music for Young Voices" Choral Series with GIA Publications.
Dr. Larry Wyatt Dr. Larry Wyatt is in his 28th year as Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina. In addition to directing the Concert Choir, he supervises the master’s and doctoral programs in choral conducting and the Graduate Vocal Ensemble. Dr. Wyatt holds degrees from Murray State University, The University of North Texas, and Florida State University. Prior to coming to USC, he served as Choral Director and Coordinator of the Vocal Department at Loyola University in New Orleans. While in New Orleans he founded the New Orleans Symphony Chorus and prepared them for performances of over forty major works with internationally recognized conductors.
In addition to the New Orleans Symphony, his choirs have sung with the Houston, Atlanta, Charleston, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras. He has prepared choruses for Robert Shaw, Lawrence Foster, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maxim Schostakovich, Robert Page, David Stahl, Philippe Entremont, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, Andrew Massey, James Paul, Nicholas Smith and of course, Donald Portnoy. He has conducted and served as a clinician in Mexico, Argentina, Bulgaria and Canada. In February 2002, he conducted Vaughan-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in his third engagement at Carnegie Hall and in February of 2005 he conducted Beethoven's Mass in C in the same venue. In March of 2013, Dr. Wyatt, the USC Concert Choir, Orchestra and faculty soloists traveled to Spain, where he conducted Bach’s Mass in b minor to full houses in Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid.
In addition to his work at USC, Dr. Wyatt is founder and director of Colla Voce, a community chamber ensemble of professional musicians that began in spring 2001. He is active as a clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator, and has served as president of the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association.
Jamie Hillman Jamie Hillman is a multi-faceted musician who is active as a singer, pianist, conductor, music educator, and composer. He currently serves as an assistant professor of music at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses and directs the Gordon College Choir and Men's Choir. As a Boston University Prison Arts Scholar and faculty member of BU's Metropolitan College/Prison Education Program, he has co-initiated a music and arts program at a large, medium-high security men's prison in Massachusetts.
His previous teaching includes Beaver Country Day School, Phillips Academy Andover, Prairie College, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. His recent engagements as tenor soloist include Messiah with Clark University Chorus & Orchestra, Nathaniel Dett’s The Chariot Jubilee with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Windsor Classic Chorale, Saint-Säens’ Christmas Oratorio with Rosebud Masterworks Choir, Schutz's St. Matthew Passion with Red Deer College Chamber Choir, Haydn’s The Creation with Laudate Dominum Choir & Orchestra, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with Studio Cantorum Choir & Orchestra (Indonesia).
Choral Adjudicator Schedule
March 29th & 30th Holquist Kinsey Hopkins
April 5th & 6th Holquist Kinsey Hillman
April 12th & 13th Holquist Kinsey Wyatt
April 26th & 27th Holquist Rentz Setzer
May 2nd, 3rd & 4th Holquist Crocker Wyatt
May 9th, 10th & 11th Holquist Shelton Robinson
May 16th, 17th & 18th Holquist Kinsey Rentz
May 24th Holquist Kinsey Setzer
May 31st & June 1st Holquist Kinsey Hopkins