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2015 AVA All-State Clinicians

Beth Holmes MS Treble

Beth Holmes currently conducts the Millikin Women, a choir comprised of 60 freshmen singers, and serves on the Millikin voice faculty. Under her direction the choir hosts an annual Women’s Choral Festival on campus, takes an Illinois tour, and performs for the popular Millikin Christmas Vespers and other annual concerts. Beth is an active guest conductor, directing District and All- State festival choirs and Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest. Recent appearances include Women’s Honor Choirs on the 2010 Regional ACDA convention in Minneapolis, as well as state ACDA conventions in Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota. A graduate of Kansas State University, Beth subsequently completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University. She served as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Millikin University Children & Youth Choir Program for 7 years, conducting its premiere ensemble and coordinating a staff of conductors, managers, and Millikin student interns. She has served as ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choir in both Iowa and Illinois, and maintains a private voice studio in her home.

University of New York, where she directs the Queens College Women’s Choir and provides instruction in choral methods and conducting. Dr. Babb also coordinates the choral ensembles of the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in music at Queens College, and she is the Artistic Director of the Queens Youth Choir. She earned the B.M.E., M.M.E., and Ph.D. from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Her research interests include vocal tone development, critical thinking in music education, and English language learners in the music classroom. She is an active conductor and clinician, conducting honor choirs throughout the United States, as well as presenting at state, regional and national conferences of the

American Choral

Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Dr. Babb is an active member of ACDA, NAfME, NYSSMA and CMS.

Chris Aspaas HS SSA

Mark Bartel HS TTBB

Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Associate Professor of Choral/Vocal Music at St. Olaf College, received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. Christopher has served on the faculties of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. At St. Olaf, Aspaas conducts the Viking Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble of first-year student men, and also leads the Saint Olaf Chapel Choir, a 100-voice ensemble specializing in the performance of oratorio and larger multi-movement works. In recent years, Christopher has conducted performances of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and most recently, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, which was chosen for broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio.

Sandra Babb MS Mixed

Sandra Babb is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Queens College, City


Dr. Mark W. Bartel, associate professor of music and director of choral music, has been with Friends University since 2005. Dr. Bartel conducts the Singing Quakers, Madrigal Choir, Women’s Chorus and Choral Union. He also teaches in the areas of applied voice and conducting. He has held positions at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (N.Y.), University of Western Ontario and Canadian Mennonite University. His choirs have performed at Kansas Music Educators and regional American Choral Directors Association conventions and toured the United States, Canada and Germany. He also serves as the artistic director of the Wichita Chamber Chorale.

Lynne Gackle HS SATB

Lynne Gackle currently is Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University (Waco, TX) where she conducts the Baylor Bella Voce (Select Women’s Ensemble) and the Baylor Concert Choir. Lynne is an active clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics,

February/March 2015

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