Stephen Futrell

Associate Professor of Music
Center for the Arts 231
2800 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
sfutrell@elon.edu (336) 278-5681

Brief Biography

Stephen A. Futrell joined the faculty in 1999 as Director of Choral Activities at Elon University. He teaches conducting, conducts the Elon Camerata and élan, an auditioned a cappella, vocal jazz, commercial/studio ensemble. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from Louisiana State University. He studied conducting with Eph Ehly, Frank Wickes, James Yestadt, Victor Klimash, Kenneth Fulton, Gary Hill and George Skipworth.

Dr. Futrell made his European conducting debut with the Sinfonia Dell’Arte di Arezzo at the Teatro Petrarca in Arezzo and has made appearances as a featured vocalist and conductor at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has served as conductor for the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall for Field Studies International and appeared as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master for the Aegean Verdi Festival on the Greek island of Lesvos. His modern performance editions of three Classical motets by Amalia von Sachsen (1739-1807) are published through Fred Bock Music.

Futrell has over thirty years experience as a professional live & studio musician/writer/arranger/producer and as on-screen talent—performing throughout the gulf coast region, the Kansas City metropolitan area, Chicago, Orlando and Nashville—and has worked internationally as a music producer for Dreamworks~SKG. Most recently he co-wrote and co-produced the musical theme and a promotional CD for the Ever Elon campaign with Dr. Todd Coleman, Coordinator of Music Technology at Elon. He has offered professional clinics and presentations on conducting, rehearsal techniques, sound reinforcement, vocal jazz style & technique, ensemble technique, literature and improvisation for state conferences for North Carolina, Louisiana and Arizona ACDA and MEA and has appeared as guest soloist and clinician at high school and collegiate jazz festivals.

Dr. Futrell has conducted jazz ensembles, chamber orchestras, pit orchestras for musicals and ballet and numerous choral ensembles of all types. As conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he has made appearances in fourteen states and in Europe for instrumental and choral festivals and workshops. He currently serves as Jazz R&S Chair for ACDA Southern Division.

Education

Doctor of Musical Art, Choral Conducting, 2000
Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri Kansas City

Master of Music Education, Choral Music, 1987
Louisiana State University

Bachelor of Science Music Education, K-12 Instrumental & Vocal, 1985
Louisiana State University

Employment History

Currently: Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music, Elon University, NC

Director of Choral Activities, Visiting Assistant Professor, Southeastern Louisiana University

Director of Choral Activities, Shepherd University, WV

Director of Choral Activities, University of Louisiana Lafayette

Choral Director, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Louisiana

Conducting Staff, Baton Rouge Symphony Association, Chorus Master, Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus, Louisiana

International Music Producer, Dreamworks-SKG Animation, Glendale, California. Music production for  The Prince of Egypt, Slovakia & the Czech Republic

Studio musician/vocal director, arranging, production, live performance & on-screen talent, VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO with performances in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, and Texas

Studio vocalist, trumpet, vocal & horn arranging, album & commercial work, First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO

Studio vocalist/writer/arranger, Evolution Audio, Kansas City, MO

Engineering/production, vocalist, trumpet, writer/arranger, album & commercial work (post production, voice over work, jingles, etc.), Disk Productions, Baton Rouge, LA

Studio vocalist, trumpet, vocal & horn arranging, commercial work, Holbrook Media Productions, Jeanerette, LA

Production Director, River City Festivals Association, Baton Rouge, LA

Futrell Resources (self-employed): booking agency (local and regional), events coordinator, wedding consultant, sheet music business, private music instruction (voice, trumpet, theory), Baton Rouge, LA

Artist, Arts in Education Program, Greater Baton Rouge Arts & Humanities Council, Baton Rouge, LA

Courses Taught

While at Elon:

Camerata (class, auditioned)
Chorale (class, non-auditioned)
élan, elon university vocal jazz (class, auditioned)
Observe/evaluate student teachers
Independent/Directed Studies in Conducting, Music History, Commercial/Studio Voice
Choral methods/literature (class)
Conducting (class)
Aural Skills (class)
World Music (class)
General Studies-The Global Experience
 

Leadership Positions

While at Elon:

Interim Music Department Chair
University Lyceum Committee Chair
Music Department Music Technology Curriculum Committee Chair
Music Education Program Advisory Committee Chair
University Admissions Committee Chair
Chair Departmental search committees: Coordinator of Music Technology, Associate Choral Director/Voice/Music Ed, Coordinator of Music Theory

Grants Awarded

2012~Grant from the Walter and Dorothy Westafer Fund for the Arts in support of Elon University Choral Activities commissioning and world premier performance of Karen Wlayn’s Of Dance & Struggle: A Musical Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela, performed by the Elon Unvieristy Chorale, November 15, 2012.

2012~Elon University Teaching & Learning Grant awarded through Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning for professional development in workshop at the Complete Vocal Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark. This summer study and professional development also supported through travel grant from the Elon College of Arts & Sciences.

2009~Grant from the Walter and Dorothy Westafer Fund for the Arts in support of Elon University Choral Activities performance of Handel’s Messiah, April 30, 2009.

2008~Elon University Teaching & Learning Grant awarded through Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning for the purchase and installation of Kawai KLCS Music Lab System in the Music Department piano/keyboard classroom.

2008~Elon College-The College of Arts & Sciences at Elon University internal funds towards the complete restoration of one of the Music Department’s Steinway concert grand pianos and for the installation of an audio recording/editing suite housed in the Music Department.

2007~Elon College Fund for Excellence in the Arts & Sciences grant for visiting artist in residence program Douglas Niedt-classical guitar for the 2007-2009 academic year.

2007~Elon University Technology Grant awarded through Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning for the purchase and installation of Notion software in the Music Department Technology lab.

2006~Elon University Faculty Research & Development grant to assist with expenses associated with participating in the Lucerne Choral Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland, July 2-8, 2007.

2005~Elon University Faculty Research & Development grant to assist with expenses associated with appearing as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master for the Aegean Verdi Festival, Mytilene, Greece, June 8-July 2, 2006.

2005~Elon University Course Enhancement and Technology Grant awarded through Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. ProTools 001LE upgrade to 002LE, condensor mic, monitor speakers and miscellaneous recording equipment.

2005~Elon University Faculty Research & Development grant to attend ProTools 101 & 201 Training Workshops, ProTools Training Center/ProMedia Training Company, Atlanta, Georgia, July 13-20, 2005.

2005~Grant from the Walter and Dorothy Westafer Fund for the Arts in support of Elon University Choral Department performance of Mozart’s Requiem, April 28, 2005.

2003~Elon University Faculty Research & Development grant. Vocal pedagogy and individual instruction with Dr. Anne DeLaunay, University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, July 10-17, 2003.

2003~Grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council through the Alamance County Arts Council in support of guest artist appearing with élan in concert March 15, 2003 held at Elon University.

2001~Grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council through the Alamance County Arts Council in support of Elon University Choral Department performance of Handel’s Messiah, April 27, 2001.

2001~Grant from the Walter and Dorothy Westafer Fund for the Arts in support of Elon University Choral Department performance of Handel’s Messiah, April 27, 2001.

2000~Elon University ATACC technology grant for the purchase of ProTools DIGI 001 Music Recording/Editing software on behalf of the Elon University Music Department.
 

Publications

 

-Fall, 2012~“Vocal Jazz Hot 10,” choral literature review in Volume 28/Number 3 of the ACDA Southern Division newsletter.

-April 4, 2011~Arranger/editor “Golden Boy”—limited edition/publication through Hal Leonard for National Youth Choir, Field Studies International, Carnegie Hall, New York.

-Spring, 2010~“Spice It Up with a Latin Feel,” choral literature review in Volume 26/Number 2 of the ACDA Southern Division newsletter.

-April 2, 2006~Arranger/editor “Golden Boy”—limited edition/publication through Hal Leonard for National Youth Choir, Field Studies International, Carnegie Hall, New York.

-Summer, 2005~“Sound Reinforcement for Jazz or Show Choir, Part 2” article in Volume 6/Issue 3 of “The Carolina Caroler,” NC ACDA newsletter.

-Spring, 2005~“Sound Reinforcement for Jazz or Show Choir, Part 1” article in Volume 6/Issue 2 of “The Carolina Caroler,” NC ACDA newsletter.

-Spring, 2004~Editor “Alma redemptoris Mater” Anna Amalia Herzogin von Sachsen (1739-1807), Fred Bock Music, California.

-Spring, 2004~Editor “Regina coeli laetare” Anna Amalia Herzogin von Sachsen (1739-1807), Fred Bock Music, California.

-Spring, 2004~Editor “Salve Regina” Anna Amalia Herzogin von Sachsen (1739-1807), Fred Bock Music, California.

-Summer, 2003~“Spice It Up Brazilian Style,” choral literature review in Volume 4/Issue 3 of “The Carolina Caroler,” newsletter of  North Carolina ACDA.

-April 6, 2003~Arranger/editor “Golden Boy”—limited edition/publication through Hal Leonard for National Youth Choir with Dr. Eph Ehly (conductor), Field Studies International, Lincoln Center, New York.

-Fall, 2001~“The Question of the Centuries,” article in Volume 3/Issue 1 of “The Carolina Caroler,” NC ACDA newsletter.

-Fall, 2001~“CD Review,” article in Volume 3/Issue 1 of “The Carolina Caroler”, NC ACDA newsletter.

-February, 1999~“A Pilot Study on the Effect of Appearance as it Relates to How Performance is Perceived,” by Stephen A. Futrell, Gregory R. Gentry and Matthew Harden, presented at Kansas Music Educators Association Convention, Wichita, Kansas.

-January, 1999~ “A Pilot Study on the Effect of Appearance as it Relates to How Performance is Perceived,” by Stephen A. Futrell, Gregory R. Gentry and Matthew Harden, presented at Missouri Music Educators Association Convention, Osage, Missouri.

-1998~Guillaume Dufay, “In Adventus Domini,” ed. Stephen A. Futrell, SAF Music.

-August, 1997~Brighter Day Mass for children’s voices, written by Kevin Johnson, Stephen A. Futrell and Reginald Watkins, Lion & Lamb Music.

Presentations

 

Professional Experience/Activity~Guest Conductor/Clinician/Adjudicator

-April 19-20, 2013~Conductor, Orange County High School Honor Choir, NC.

-April 10, 2013~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-February 23, 2013~Adjudicator, NCMEA East 1A Division Solo & Ensemble Festival, Raleigh, NC.

-October 26-27, 2012~Conductor, GMEA District I High School Honor Choir, Savannah, GA.

-April 18-19, 2012~Conductor, Rowan/Salisbury High School All County Honor Choir, NC.

-April 11, 2012~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-Jan. 27-28, 2012~Adjudicator/Clinician, 39th Annual University of Mary Jazz Festival, Bismark, ND

-April 13, 2011~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-February 18-19, 2011~Conductor, Orange County High School Honor Choir, NC.

-November 12-15, 2010~Featured vocalist/clinician, Oklahoma State University Jazz Studies, Oklahoma City, OK. Master class on style/improvisation and vocal technique; performance with OSU Jazz Ensemble.

-April 21, 2010~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-March 19-20, 2010~Adjudicator, District IX High School Choral Festival, Woodridge, VA.

-February 22-23, 2010~Conductor, Cleveland County High School Honor Choir, NC.

-May 27, 2009~Panelist, Arts and Audiences Grants Panel, North Carolina Arts Council.

-April 22, 2009~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-April 11, 2008~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-March 30, 2007~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-March 1-2, 2007~Conductor, Rowan/Salisbury High School All County Honor Choir, NC.

-June 8-July 2, 2006~Associate Conductor/Chorus Master, Aegean Verdi Festival, Mytilene, Greece.

-April 30, 2006~Featured vocalist/clinician, Eastern Kentucky University Jazz Studies, Richmond, KY. Master class on style/improvisation and performance with EKU Jazz Ensemble.

-April 20, 2006~Featured vocalist/clinician, Eastern Illinois University Jazz Studies, Charleston, IL. Master class on style/improvisation and performance with EIU Jazz Ensemble.

-April 2, 2006~Conductor, National Youth Choir, Field Studies International, Carnegie Hall, NY.

-March 31, 2006~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-April 8, 2005~Adjudicator, Choral Clash Choir Festival, University of North Carolina Pembroke.

-March 15, 2005~Adjudicator/Clinician, Alamance County Choral Festival, Elon University, NC.

-November 19-20, 2004~Conductor, Bismarck State College ChoirFest, ND.

-October 22-23, 2004~Conductor, Guilford High School All County Honor Choir, NC.

-April 29-30, 2004~Conductor, Rowan/Salisbury High School All County Honor Choir, NC.

-February 24, 2004~Clinician, East Chapel Hill High School Choral Department, NC.

-January 29-30, 2004~Conductor, NC ACDA Sr. High Women’s All State Chorus, Greensboro Coliseum, NC.

-May 5, 2003~Adjudicator, High School Choral Festival, Raleigh Theatre, Raleigh, NC.

-June 3-7, 2002~Conductor/participant, L’Accademia Dell’Arte di Arezzo/Sinfonia Dell’Arte di Arezzo, Toscana, Italy.

-April 3, 2001~Conductor, Rockingham High School All County Honor Choir, Wentworth, NC.

-May 12, 2000~Adjudicator, Festival of Choirs, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, MO.

-May 15, 1999~Adjudicator, Festival of Choirs, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, MO.

-April 30, 1999~Adjudicator, 26th Annual Ozark Mountain Band, Chorus and Orchestra Festival, Point Lookout, MO.

-April 24, 1999~Adjudicator, State Solo & Ensemble Festival, Kansas State High School Activities Association. Emporia, KS.

-April 14, 1999~Adjudicator, Regional Solo & Ensemble Festival, Kansas State High School Activities Association, Baldwin City, KS.

-April, 1998~Adjudicator, Regional Solo & Ensemble Festival, Kansas State High School Activities Association, Baldwin City, KS.

-March, 1998~Clinician, Choral Retreat, Cair Paravel High School, Topeka, KS.

-August, 1997~Clinician & Conducting Staff, Lion & Lamb Gospel Workshop, Kansas City, MO.

-April, 1997~Adjudicator, Regional Solo & Ensemble Festival, Kansas State High School Activities Association, Baldwin City, KS.

-March, 1997~Adjudicator, Regional Large Ensemble Festival, School of the Osage, MO.

-February, 1996~Clinician/Conductor, East Baton Rouge Parish Strings Camp, Baton Rouge, LA.

-May, 1995~Conductor, LMEA District III High School Honor Chorus, Lafayette, LA.

-November, 1994~Guest Artist/Clinician, Jazz Department, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

-February, 1994~Conductor, LMEA District VII High School Honor Chorus, Thibodeaux, LA.

-October 7, 1993~Guest conductor chamber orchestra concert and composition contest, Fanfare Arts & Humanities Concert Series, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA. Conducted world premier of “Passacagli”, Fred Bickham and Enchantments: Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Suber.

-October, 1993~Conductor, LMEA District IV High School Honor Chorus, Baton Rouge, LA.

-March, 1993~Adjudicator, LMEA District IV Choral Festival, Baton Rouge, LA.

-March, 1993~Adjudicator, LMEA District VII Choral Festival, Mandeville, LA.

-February, 1993~Adjudicator, District VII Choral Festival, Summit, MS.

-February, 1993~Adjudicator, Mississippi Show Choir Festival, Pearl River Community College, MS.

-February, 1993~Adjudicator, LMEA District VII Solo & Ensemble Festival, Slidell, LA.

-Summers, 1989-95~Brass Clinician, Central Lafourche High School Band Camp, Mathews, LA.

-March, 1989~Adjudicator, District IX Choral Festival, Warrenton, VA.

-June, 1988~Clinician, Potomac Show Choir Camp, Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV.

-January, 1988~Conductor, LMEA District III High School Honor Chorus, Lafayette, LA.

 

Professional Activity~Lecture/Presentation

-February 29-March 3, 2012~Presentations: Vocal Jazz Repertoire Reading Session and Moderate Round Table Discussion on “Integrating Vocal Jazz into Your Existing Program,” ACDA Southern Division Conference, Winston-Salem, NC.

-February 8-11, 2012~Visiting Professor of Music: Individual voice lessons on commercial/jazz technique and style, Spelman Choir rehearsal, undergraduate conducting class and jazz ensemble rehearsals. Spelman College, Atlanta, GA.

-January 5-8, 2011~Vocalist/presentation: Music Reading Session, Jazz Education Network Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana.

-June 17-19, 2010~Presentations: “Art is in the Details: It’s a Food of Love Thing,” and “Vocal Jazz Nuts & Bolts: Style, Rehearsal Techniques & Sound Reinforcement,” AZ ACDA, Flagstaff, AZ.

-June 18, 2010~Guest lecturer, graduate choral seminar, Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ.

-March 10, 2010~Presentations: Vocal Jazz Repertoire Reading Session and Moderate Round Table Discussion on “Working with Rhythm Sections for Vocal Jazz,” ACDA Southern Division Conference, Memphis, TN.

-November 7, 2009~Presentation/demonstration: Vocal Jazz techniques, style, literature and sound reinforcement with performance/demo with élan~elon university vocal jazz, North Carolina MEA In-Service Conference, Winston-Salem, NC.

-April 21, 2009~Guest lecturer via video conferencing, graduate choral literature class, Arizona State University.

-November 19-22, 2008~Presentations: “Vocal Jazz Repertoire, Style and Getting Started,” and “A Vocabulary of Gestures: Communication is the Key in Conducting,” Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.

-January 9-12, 2008~Vocalist/presentation: Vocal Jazz Music Reading Session, International Association for Jazz Education Convention, Toronto, Canada.

-January 10-13, 2007~Vocalist/presentation: Vocal Jazz Music Reading Session, International Association for Jazz Education Convention, New York, NY.

-October 23, 2006~Guest lecturer, conducting class, Spellman University, Atlanta, GA.

-January 11-14, 2006~Vocalist/presentation: Vocal Jazz Music Reading Session, International Association for Jazz Education Convention, New York, NY.

-July 19-20, 2004~Lecture/presentation/clinician (headliner), Vocal Jazz Workshop, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Workshop included: feature solo recital and sessions on vocal style and performance, master class with an ensemble on style and performance, improvisation, literature reading session, programming, sound reinforcement, recording studio/production and copyright.

-October 3-4, 2003~Panelist, NC ACDA Fall Conference. Panel discussion on audition preparation for high school students entering collegiate music degree programs. UNCG, North Carolina.

-January 9-11, 2003~Vocalist/presentation: Vocal Jazz Music Reading Session, International Association for Jazz Education Convention, Toronto, Canada.

-January 10-13, 2002~Vocalist/presentation: Vocal Jazz Music Reading Session, International Association for Jazz Education Convention, Long Beach, California.

-July 3, 2000~Guest lecturer on the choral music of Krystof Penderecki for Graduate Seminar in Choral Literature, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

-January 12-15, 2000~Vocalist/presentation: Music Reading Session, International Association for Jazz Education Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana.

-July 23, 1999~Presentation: Recording Studio & Commercial Music, Missouri Choral Directors Association Convention, Jefferson City, Missouri.

-July 22, 1999~Presentation: Sound Reinforcement for Vocal Jazz/Show Choirs, Missouri Choral Directors Association Convention, Jefferson City, Missouri.

 

Professional Experience/Activity~Performer/Vocalist/Commercial/Studio (specific performances)

-Summer – Fall, 2012~Lead & backing vocals, instrumental arranging, trumpet for audio recordings of catalog offerings, Lion & Lamb Publishing, Atlanta, GA.

-January, 2012~Lead vocalist and on-screen talent “Elon Real Alumni of Genius” video and Facebook campaign. CASE District III Grand Award Winner for Electronic Communication/Social Media.

-December 14, 2011~Cathedral Brass (trumpet) in concert, holiday concert with The Elon School, Elon, NC.

-October 17, 2011~Guest vocalist, Spelman College Department of Music Concert Tribute to Willie T. Johnson and the Golden Gate Quartet, Atlanta, GA.

-April 28, 2011~Guest vocalist & trumpet, Elon University Electric Ensemble concert, Elon, NC.

-April 4, 2011~Guest vocalist/arranger, National Youth Choir with Dr. Eph Ehly (conductor), Field Studies International, Carnegie Hall, NY.

-December 18, 2010~Cathedral Brass (trumpet) in concert, holiday concert with The Elon School, Elon, NC.

-November 15, 2010~Featured vocalist/clinician, Oklahoma State University Jazz Ensemble, Oklahoma City, OK.

-November 7, 2010~Guest tenor soloist, Mozart Missa Brevis in G (K. 140), Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter Music Ministry, Burlington , NC.

-August 20-21 & 28, 2010~Featured vocalist, “Pops in the Park” Concert and Fundraiser, Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond Chamber of Commerce, KY.

-April 30, 2010~Guest vocalist, Elon University Electric Ensemble concert, Elon, NC.

-February 16, 2010~Faculty Recital (voice) with guest pianist Willis Delony, A Tribute to Johnny Mercer, Elon University, NC.

-February, 4, 2010~Faculty Recital (trumpet) with The Phoenix Brass Quintet, Elon University, NC.

-December 17, 2009~Cathedral Brass (trumpet) in concert, holiday concert with The Elon School, Elon, NC.

-December 13, 2009~Cathedral Brass (trumpet) in concert, community holiday concert sponsored by Shiloh Presbyterian Church, Burlington, NC.

-December 8, 2009~Cathedral Brass (trumpet) in concert with the Alamance Chorale, Graham, NC.

-November 21, 2009~Cathedral Brass (trumpet) in recital, chamber music series at Mebane Presbyterian Church, Mebane, NC.

-August 14-15, 2009~Featured vocalist, “Pops in the Park” Concert and Fundraiser, Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond Chamber of Commerce, KY.

-May 1, 2009~Guest vocalist, Elon University Electric Ensemble concert, Elon, NC.

-March 1, 2009~Cathedral Brass (trumpet) in recital, chamber music series at Macedonia Lutheran Church, Burlington, NC.

-January, 2009-2010~Member of faculty brass quintet, The Phoenix Brass Quintet (trumpet, Elon University, NC.

-November 15, 2008~Guest vocalist, Elon University Electric Ensemble concert, Elon, NC.

-September, 2008-present~Member of Cathedral Brass (trumpet). Engagements/performances include services, recitals, weddings. Burlington, NC.

-September, 2008~Co-Producer, Ever Elon Music, CD compilation (live and studio cuts) for the Ever Elon Campaign, Majestic Oak Recording @ Elon (Music Department Label), Elon University.

-August, 2008~Co-writer, arranger/singer/trumpet/producer “Ever Elon Theme”, music for the Ever Elon Campaign, Majestic Oak Recording (Music Department Label), Elon University.

-August 15-16, 2008~Featured vocalist, “Pops in the Park” Concert and Fundraiser, Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond Chamber of Commerce, KY.

-August 18-19, 2007~Featured vocalist, “Pops in the Park” Concert and Fundraiser, Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond Chamber of Commerce, KY.

-September 15, 2006~Guest vocalist, An American Songbook with Bill Grimes, Willis Delony, Troy Davis in concert, Elon University.

-April 30, 2006~Featured vocalist/clinician, Eastern Kentucky Univ. Jazz Ensemble, Richmond, KY.

-April 20, 2006~Featured vocalist/clinician, Eastern Illinois Univ. Jazz Ensemble, Charleston, IL.

-December, 2005~Producer, A Celebration of Light, CD of live concert presentation with Elon University Camerata. Recorded and produced at Elon University. Release date December 2005.

-August, 19-20, 2005~Featured vocalist, “Pops in the Park” Concert and Fundraiser, Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond Chamber of Commerce, KY.

-Fall-Spring, 2004/05~Producer, Carmina Burana, DVD of live concert presentation with Elon University Chorale, Camerata, Percussion Ensemble, Burlington Boys Choir and guest vocal soloists. Recorded and produced at Elon University. Release date April 2005.

-August 20-21, 2004~Featured vocalist, “Pops in the Park” Concert and Fundraiser, Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond Chamber of Commerce, KY.

-May 15-18, 2004~Vocalist/arranger: First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO. Album project, Jim Spencer/Ginger Mellermon.

-April 23, 2004~Featured vocalist, Elon University Jazz Ensemble Concert, NC.

-February 20-21, 2004~Featured vocalist, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Arts Council, KY.

-Spring-Fall, 2003~Producer, élan éclectique, CD featuring élan—elon university vocal jazz. Professionally produced and mastered at First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO. Recorded at Elon University. Release date October 2003.

-July 18-20, 2003~Vocalist/arranger: First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO. Album project, Dan Smith.

-April 6, 2003~Guest vocalist/arranger, National Youth Choir with Dr. Eph Ehly (conductor), Field Studies International, Lincoln Center, NY.

-January, 2003~Vocalist/arranger/director/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording & live performances in Orlando and Chicago. Client: Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

-December, 2002~Vocalist/arranger/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording & live performances in Atlanta. Client: Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

-July 23-30, 2002~Vocalist/arranger: Album Project, Dan Smith, Kansas City, MO.

-March, 2002~Vocalist/arranger: Album Project, John Lemonis, Nashville, TN.

-January, 2002~Vocalist/arranger/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording & live performances in San Diego, CA. Client: Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

-September, 2001~Vocalist/arranger/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording. Client: Kansas City Chiefs.

-May, 2001~Vocalist/arranger/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording & live performances in Atlanta. Client: Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

-April 28, 2001~Guest solo vocalist with Heritage Chorale, University of Missouri Kansas City, Dr. Eph Ehly-conductor.

-December, 2000—January 2001~Vocalist/arranger/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording & live performances in Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas. Client: Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

-May 17-19, 2000~Vocalist/arranger/producer: First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO. Album project, Jim Spencer.

-May 15-18, 2000~Vocalist/arranger/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording. Client: Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

-February 11-15, 2000~Vocalist/arranger: Album Project, Mollie Weaver, Nashville, TN.

-January 19-22, 2000~Vocalist/arranger/producer: VPR Productions, Kansas City, MO. Corporate music: recording. Client: Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

-June, 1999~Vocalist/arranger: First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO. Album project, Geoffrey Schultz.

-July-August, 1998~International Music Producer, Dreamworks-SKG Animation, Glendale, California. Music production for  The Prince of Egypt, Slovakia & the Czech Republic.

-May, 1998~Vocalist/arranger: First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO. Album project, Dan Smith.

-May, 1997~Vocalist/arranger: First Run Productions, Kansas City, MO. Album project, Stephanie & DJ.

-November, 1994~Guest Artist/Clinician, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. Featured soloist with NIU Jazz Ensemble. Presentations: vocal style, performance and improvisation.

-May 28, 1994~Featured vocalist, Baton Rouge Symphony Summer Series Concert “Memorial Day Celebration”, Baton Rouge, LA.

-May 21, 1994~Featured vocalist, Baton Rouge Symphony Summer Series Concert “Hooray for Hollywood”, Baton Rouge, LA.

-1994~Featured vocalist, Lawrence Seiberth Group (jazz), Compact Disc Heart Strings.

-May, 1993~Featured vocalist, Lawrence Seiberth Group, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

-July 9, 1992~Guest vocalist Bill Grimes & Friends (jazz), summer concert series, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

-July 4, 1992~Featured vocalist, Baton Rouge Symphony Association “July 4th Celebration on the River”, Baton Rouge, LA.

-May, 1992~Engineer/arranger/vocalist Up With Youth Louisiana album project, Disk Productions, Baton Rouge, LA.

-October 9, 1992~Featured soloist in concert with Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble, Fanfare Arts & Humanities Concert Series, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA.

-May 26, 1991~Lead vocalist for “Contrast”, opening act for “The Temptations”, FestForAll (outdoor festival), River City Festivals Association, Baton Rouge, LA.

-Fall, 1991~Engineer/post production/writer/arranger/trumpet Louisiana Department of Tourism promotional video, Disk Productions, Baton Rouge, LA.

-April, 1991~Lead vocalist for “Insync Jazz” band. Second Place, Jazz Search Competition, Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA.

-June, 1989-July, 1996~Lead vocalist and trumpet. Various professional bands: variety & jazz. Performances for private and public functions, clubs, festivals and concerts; studio/album work. Baton Rouge, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast Region, Texas, Mississippi and Florida.

-July, 1989~Fifth Place Vocal Division Pop Category and Top 25 Finalist Vocal Division Adult/Contemporary Category, National Music Competition, Music City Song Festival, Nashville, TN.

-October, 1988~Performed the role of Freddy Eynsford Hill, My Fair Lady, The Old Opera House Theatre Company, Charles Town, WV.

-March, 1987~Winner collegiate vocal solo competition Tara Show Choir Invitational. Performed in concert with Bobby McFerrin. Baton Rouge Theatre for Performing Arts, LA.

-August, 1980-July, 1987~Lead vocalist and trumpet. Various professional bands: variety, jazz and original rock. Performances for private and public functions, clubs, festivals and concerts; studio/album work. Baton Rouge, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast Region, Mississippi and Florida.

-March, 1977-August, 1980~Lead vocalist and trumpet. Professional band: variety. Performances for private and public functions, festivals, pageants and concerts. Savannah, GA and Hilton Head, SC.

Professional Activities

Professional Organizations Membership/Affiliation

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
    -Southern Division ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chair Jazz Choirs, April 1, 2009 - present
    -Annual NC ACDA Fall Conference Planning Committee, Spring 2002 - 2009    
    -North Carolina ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chair Jazz Choirs, April 1, 2004 - 2009
    -NC ACDA Newsletter Editor “The Carolina Caroler,” July 1, 2001 – September 1, 2006
    -NC ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chair Jazz & Show Choirs, July, 2001 - July 2003
College Music Society (CMS)
Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA)
Jazz Education Network (JEN)
International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) [IAJE dissolved 2008]
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia


 

Service Activities

 

 

University and Departmental Committee Work

University Academic Council member 2013-2015

Music Department Scholarship Committee member 2011-2014
Elon College Arts & Humanities Curriculum Committee member 2010-2013 (Chair, 2012-2013)
University Ever Elon Campaign Celebration Planning Committee member 2011
University Lyceum Committee Chair 2007-2011
University Director of Cultural & Special Programs Search Committee member 2008-2009
University Facilities Planning for Music & Performing Arts Coordinator 2008-2009
Arts & Sciences Arts Administration Curriculum Committee member 2007-2009
University Ever Elon Gala Planning Committee member 2007-2008
University Academic Council member 2005-2007
University Curriculum Committee member 2006-2007
Music Department Music Technology Curriculum Committee Chair 2004-2007
Music Education Program Advisory Committee Chair 2004-2006
University Graduate Council Committee member 2004-2006
Arts & Sciences Facilities Planning Committee member 2004-2005
University Lyceum Committee member 2002-2004
University Ad Hoc Committee on Evaluation of Teaching member 2002-2003
University Admissions Committee member 2000-2002 (Chair 2001-2002)
University Cultural & Intellectual Life Committee member 2000-2001
Member Departmental search committees: Coordinator of Voice, Lecturer of Voice, Director of Bands (twice), Low Brass/Music Education, Music Technology Lecturer
Chair Departmental search committees: Coordinator of Music Technology, Associate Choral Director/Voice/Music Ed, Coordinator of Music Theory
Interim Music Department Chair