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Dr. Derrick Fox is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska- Omaha. He earned a BME from Arkansas State

University, a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, where he was awarded the prestigious University Enrichment Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Fox has conducted all state choirs, honor choirs and led professional development workshops across the United States and internationally. His professional workshops focus on assessment in the choral classroom, building classroom community, rehearsal strategies, choral conducting techniques and shape note singing in the African American community. Dr. Fox’s recent engagements include teaching residencies at the Latvian Academy of Music and Syracuse University, performance tours through Lithuania and Estonia as well as conducting the 2018 Texas All State MS/JH Honor Choir and the SWACDA 7 – 10 Mens Honor choir. Dr. Fox’s upcoming engagements include presentations in Nebraska, Kansas, New York, South Carolina, North Dakota; as well as conducting the Hawaii All State Choir, Alabama All State Choir, New York All State MS/JH Choir, the Wisconsin Collegiate All State Choir and the National ACDA Middle School/Junior High Mixed Honor Choir. As a baritone soloist, Dr. Fox has collaborated with various organizations; among them are the Arkansas Symphony, Lansing Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Columbia Chorale, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Missouri, Michigan State University, Webster University and the Espaço Cultural (Brasilia, Brazil). He can be heard singing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on the compact disc In This Hid Clearing, available on the Naxos Classical Music label. Dr. Fox serves on the National ACDA Diversity Subcommittee, the Missouri Music Educators Association Diversity Council and is the Collegiate Coordinator for Student Activities for Nebraska Choral Directors Association. As an author, he has written articles for many organizations and was a contributing author in the Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill choral textbook Voices in Concert. His compositions and arrangements are published by Hal Leonard Sacred Music Series, G. Schirmer Andrea Ramsey Choral Series and Brilee

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Music. His newest book, Yes You Can: A Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Choirs is published by Brilee/Carl Fischer.


Jacob Narverud is an American Composer, Arranger, and Conductor. A Kansas native, Narverud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Tallgrass Chamber Choir (est. 2009). He is currently based in New York and is an active guest conductor for District, Regional, and All-State Choirs across the country. A versatile musician, Narverud has performed

with the Kansas City Chorale, as a back-up singer for Ben Folds, and as a pianist for numerous ensembles and musical productions. As a sought-after composer, Narverud has been commissioned to write new music for a variety of choral ensembles and organizations. Many of his Editors' Choice compositions are publisher Best Sellers and are performed worldwide by choirs of all levels. Dr. Narverud has taught at both secondary and collegiate levels and holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music at UMKC (DMA, MM, Choral Conducting) and Emporia State University (BM, Voice Performance). Website:


Kristina Caswell MacMullen serves as Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Studies at The Ohio State University, where she conducts the Symphonic Choir, the Women’s Glee Club, and instructs both undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of conducting and choral pedagogy.


MacMullen regularly leads musicians of all ages and

levels. Conducting, speaking, and teaching engagements have involved students in nearly 30 states and provinces. In 2011, she was runner-up in the National American Choral Director’s Association graduate level conducting competition and also named a Fulbright Fellowship Alternate to Slovenia. Her teaching and conducting is featured on the DVD "Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success" published by GIA (2009), and her editions for treble choir are published by Musicatus Press, Boosey &

Hawkes, and MusicSpoke. She has presented and co-presented interest sessions at state, regional, national, and international conferences. She is a charter member of the professional-level women’s ensemble Mirabai. Caswell MacMullen earned both the Bachelor of Music Education and the Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University. She completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts at Texas Tech University.

Prior to her

appointment at The Ohio State University, she enjoyed a diverse career as a public school teacher, interacting with students in rural, suburban, and urban settings, elementary through high school.

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With a love of music as big as his last name, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu has been sharing joy and a vision for equity and justice through song for over a decade. Through a triumvirate of teaching, conducting, and performing, he has found a way to transform both students and audiences and to reach those seeking resolutions of peace, equality, and respect … through music. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu serves as the conductor of the Viking Chorus and the Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College. He is also the guest artistic director of one of

North America's Largest LGBTQ+ choirs, Minnesota's One Voice Mixed Chorus. Tesfa maintains an active voice studio and teaches Music & Social Justice with the goal of helping bridge the gap of social injustice through music, dialogue, and inspiring participants to take action in their communities. In the summer of 2018, Tesfa served as guest conductor of the children’s choir at the Aspen Music Festival, leading them in a week-long journey on the Justice Choir Songbook. Tesfa has conducted and given masterclasses, workshops, and clinics both nationally and internationally. In 2017 he co-led the American Choral Directors Association’s national high school honor choir, working collaboratively with Eric Whitacre. In June of 2017, he was named the composer-in-residence for Choirs of America at Carnegie Hall, where he had the opportunity to conduct and lift over 600 voices in singing the world premiere of his composition May the Road. Tesfa holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performing from the University of


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