University of Tennessee
High School Mixed Choir Conductor
Dr. Gene Peterson is the Associate Director of Choral Activities and is the conductor of the UT Concert Choir and UT Men’s Chorale. He also teaches courses in undergraduate choral conducting and secondary choral methods. Beyond his duties at the university, Peterson serves as the Director of Choirs at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. Prior to his arrival to Tennessee, Dr. Peterson has held posts as music director and conductor for college, high school, church, and community choirs in California and Washington. Ensembles under his leadership have performed in venues throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including the Sistine Chapel, the Sydney (Australia) Opera House, and Chicago Symphony Hall. Dr. Peterson regularly appears as a clinician and adjudicator for local, regional, and international choral festivals. He holds membership in many professional organizations including the American Choral Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and East Tennessee Vocal Association. He has served in professional leadership roles such as High School Standards and Repertoire Chair for the California American Choral Directors Association and as Bay Area Choral Representative for the California Music Educators Association. Dr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting and a Masters of Arts in Education from Chapman University in Orange, California and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Dixie State College
High School Women’s Choir Conductor
Merrilee Webb received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Brigham Young University Provo and was named BYU’s “Most Outstanding Musician” in 1983. Miss Webb taught at Brigham Young University Hawaii from 2002-2005 where she served as the director for the Men’s and Women’s choirs, taught theory, music education courses, piano and voice. She taught choral music for twelve years in both junior and senior high schools in Sandy, Kearns and Bountiful, Utah. While teaching at Bountiful High School, Miss Webb maintained an average of 700 students in her choral program. Merrilee currently directs “We Also Sing!,” a women’s choir of 364 voices and “Because We Sing!” a men’s choir of 364 voices. Miss Webb has been the president of Infinity Business Ventures since 1996 and owns a successful recording studio. The studio is also responsible for building orchestral minus tracks for musicals as well as producing rehearsal CDs for All State choirs across the country. Merrilee has been touring internationally with The Young Americans as an Associate Director since 1994. Miss Webb owns Reading Keyboard Music, LLC the piano method designed by C. W. Reid. Reading Keyboard Music just released a 16 week course on DVD that has been used worldwide including the USA, Germany, Philippines, Singapore, Uganda, New Zealand, Thailand and Brazil. Merrilee has had the opportunity to conduct 6 General Young Women choirs and 5 General Relief Society Choirs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
University of Miami Frost School of Music
Middle School Mixed Choir Conductor
Corin Overland is a Lecturer in Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he teaches courses in choral conducting, choral literature and secondary choral methods. Dr. Overland received a Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he held teaching and research assistantship positions. Dr. Overland holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a B.A. in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Dr. Overland has taught choral music at the secondary level for 14 years in Minnesota, Maryland, and Missouri, and holds multiple teaching certifications in choral, instrumental and general music. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he was the Director of Choral Music at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii: the nation’s largest private school. He frequently appears as guest conductor and clinician for local and national events, serving most recently as the conductor of All-State Jr. Honor Choirs in Oregon and Delaware. His research interests include the history of music education organizations; integrated-arts school reform models; and the effects of musical training on physical coordination and timing. He has presented research nationally and internationally, and is published in the Journal of Research in Historical Music Education and the Music Educator’s Journal.
University of Miami Frost School of Music
Teacher Workshop Clinician
Karen Kennedy is associate professor and director of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she conducts the Frost Chorale and other choral ensembles. She is also artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida. She previously held the positions of chorus director for the Honolulu Symphony, director of choral activities at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and director of choral activities at Towson University. She earned a D.M.A. degree in choral music from Arizona State University, a M.M. in choral conducting from Butler University and a B.M. in Music Education from DePauw University. Dr. Kennedy regularly conducts choral festivals featuring major works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Durufle’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Rutter’s Gloria and presented concerts in such venues as the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the University of Hawai`i Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching, Arizona State University’s Manzanita “Top Prof” Award and Butler University’s Faculty Distinction Award. She is well known as a choral clinician and adjudicator, regularly working with Gateway Music Festivals, Music in the Parks, and Heritage Music Tours, as well as all-state and festival honor choirs. Her workshops have been a part of recent ACDA and MENC regional and state conventions and she has served as the ACDA Eastern Division Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair and as a founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.