Clinicians & Adjudicators 2020

Voice, TBA

Alexis McBroom, Piano

Strings, TBA

image19

Voice adjudicator/clinician to be announced.

Strings, TBA

Alexis McBroom, Piano

Strings, TBA

image20

Strings adjudicator/clinician to be announced.

Alexis McBroom, Piano

Alexis McBroom, Piano

Alexis McBroom, Piano

image21

  Alexis McBroom is an Idaho Falls native and a graduate of Idaho State University, where she received her Bachelor's of Music in Piano  Performance.  She studied there with Dr. Kori Bond.  She established herself as an accompanist and collaborator at ISU, where she accompanied multiple senior recitals, auditions, choirs and worked as a rehearsal pianist for musical productions.  She has a passion for collaborative  music, and has performed Brahm's Piano Quartet in C Minor with a  chamber ensemble.  She runs a private piano studio and enjoys  teaching all ages! She worked with our Star Valley festival's Youth Opera for multiple years, and is excited to be back to work with students again! 

Clinicians & Adjudicators 2019

Dr. Kevin Ayesh, Piano

Anna Lee Smith, Strings

Anna Lee Smith, Strings

image22

 Dr. Kevin Ayesh has performed concerts and presented master classes in all 50 states of the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, and Hong Kong.  Dr. Ayesh has been the head of the Music Department at Blue Ridge Community College (an all-Steinway School) in Flat Rock, North Carolina since 1992.  As a North Carolina Visiting Artist for four years, he appeared before thousands across that state, performing as many as 50 recitals in a season. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the Naftzger Piano Award and Baltimore Music Club Award.  A finalist in several national and international competitions, he was awarded Second Prize at the Wideman International Piano Competition, and both Third Prize and Composer's Prize at the New Orleans International Piano Competition.  He has performed concertos with a number of orchestras, and is in frequent demand as recitalist, adjudicator, and clinician.   

Anna Lee Smith, Strings

Anna Lee Smith, Strings

Anna Lee Smith, Strings

image23

 Anna Lee Smith received her BA in Music Education from Weber State University, which she attended on a full-tuition orchestral scholarship. She recently completed her MA in Music Education at Southern Utah University. Anna has been the orchestra director at Layton High School and Central Davis Junior High for 13 years. Her performing ensembles consistently receive top honors and qualify for state orchestra festivals. She has presented to fellow music educators at UMEA and Utah ASTA. She currently serves on the UMEA orchestra committee and adjudication committee. Anna enjoys performing as the cellist with the professional string quartet “Strings of Elegance.” She lives in North Salt Lake, Utah with her husband Doug and two children, Alice and Peter. In addition to music, she enjoys cooking and will make her television cooking debut in April of 2019 on the new family cooking show, “Dinner Takes All.”

Taerra Pence, Voice

Anna Lee Smith, Strings

Luke Kratz, Music Creativity

image24

 Taerra Pence is a native of Richmond, Virginia, currently pursuing her opera career in New York City. The second of eight children born to a rather eclectically talented family, all of whom sing. Taerra earned her B.A. in Music from Southern Virginia University and her Master's of Music degree at Brigham Young University, teaching group voice classes and private voice lessons. She then worked as an adjunct instructor at SVU teaching voice, music literature, and music fundamentals. She also trained with Richard Crittendon's Opera Workshop in Washington, DC and Valentin Peytchinov’s master course in Sofia Bulgaria. In 2017, she performed the role of Violetta in Regina Opera's production of La Traviata; in 2018, the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly. ​ 

Luke Kratz, Music Creativity

Janet Erickson, Broadway Voices

Luke Kratz, Music Creativity

image25

 Luke Kratz has been teaching music to students for more than 15 years. With degrees in Music from Missouri State University and Idaho State University, he both teaches, performs, and composes in the school setting, as well as privately and collaboratively. He currently teaches music (guitar, voice, keyboard and orchestra) in Lincoln County School District and maintains a private studio for piano and guitar. 

Janet Erickson, Broadway Voices

Janet Erickson, Broadway Voices

Janet Erickson, Broadway Voices

image26

 Janet Erickson holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, Provo with emphasis in vocal, choral and children’s music.  She has taught private voice and children’s music performance, theory and composition for 25 years.  She adores choral singing and conducting.  Janet has spent time on the stage her entire life as a director, music director, performer and costumer, participating in over 25 musical theater and drama productions.  She currently runs a performance community choir in conjunction with the Star Valley Arts Council.

Clinicians 2018

Dr. Dallin Hansen, Strings

Dr. Dallin Hansen, Strings

Dr. Dallin Hansen, Strings

image27

Dr. Dallin Hansen, Professor of Violin, joined the faculty of Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2004 where he teaches string pedagogy, chamber music, and directs the BYU-Idaho Sinfonietta (chamber orchestra). He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, studying with Dr. Kathryn McLin and additional work with Arnold Steinhardt, Ida Kavafian, Mark Steinberg, and Eckhardt Sellheim. He also holds degrees in Music Education and Orchestral Conducting from BYU.  He is first violinist of the Serenata Strings faculty quartet at BYU-Idaho, performs frequently with the University Baroque Ensemble, has performed with the Utah Symphony, and is currently a section violinist with Vivaldi Virtuosi and Sinfonia Salt Lake.

Annette Colledge, Piano

Dr. Dallin Hansen, Strings

Dr. Dallin Hansen, Strings

image28

Annette Pack Colledge received degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University where she studied with Irene Peery-Fox and Gary Amano. She received several awards including Outstanding Pianist and was the winner of two concerto competitions. She has taught piano lessons for almost 40 years, and her students regularly place or win in local piano competitions. In her spare time she enjoys writing instrumental music arrangements and creating slide shows/videos set to music for weddings and other events. She currently resides in Providence, UT with her husband and has a studio with over 60 private students.

Taerra Pence, Voice

Dr. Dallin Hansen, Strings

Rebecca Parkinson, O

image29

Taerra Pence is a native of Richmond, Virginia, currently pursuing her opera career in New York City. The second of eight children born to a rather eclectically talented family, all of whom sing. Taerra earned her B.A. in Music from Southern Virginia University and her Master's of Music degree at Brigham Young University, teaching group voice classes and private voice lessons. She then worked as an adjunct instructor at SVU teaching voice, music literature, and music fundamentals. She also trained with Richard Crittendon's Opera Workshop in Washington, DC and Valentin Peytchinov’s master course in Sofia Bulgaria. This fall, she performed the role of Violetta in Regina Opera's production of La Traviata, and is currently performing the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly. ​

Rebecca Parkinson, O

James Arbizu, Conducting

Rebecca Parkinson, O

image30

 Rebecca Parkinson has been teaching organ at Brigham Young University-Idaho for 32 years! With a degree in organ and composition from Utah State University, she is a published composer in both print & audio. She has been an organist with the Idaho Falls Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and Ricks College (now BYU-I) Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Northern Utah Choral Society, USU Singers, Idaho Falls Symphony Chorale, Idaho Falls Opera Theater, Sounds Choir of Idaho Falls, and presently, for The Eastern Idaho Chorale. She is a guest organist at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and has participated as an accompanist and organist in the Temple Square Concert Series. She also maintains a private studio of organ and piano students.   

James Arbizu, Conducting

James Arbizu, Conducting

James Arbizu, Conducting

image31

  James Arbizu earned a degree in Music Education from Weber State University and a Master of Music in instrumental conducting from Brigham Young University where he guest conducted the BYU Symphony Orchestra and Co-Conducted for a "Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts Grant" for New Chamber Music.  He has conducted many youth and community orchestras, including the Lincoln  Youth Symphony, the Nebo Youth Philharmonic, the Star Valley Messiah Orchestra & Choir, and the Evanston Community Orchestra. He currently holds the post of Orchestral Director for the Salt River Symphony Chorus.  He directed the Star Valley High School Bluegrass Band.  James has performed with various groups both classic and bluegrass, and as lead fiddle of the famous Bar-T-5 Band.   

Clinicians & Adjudicators 2017

Dr. Kevin Brower, Voice

Kathleen Lane, Youth Opera

Kathleen Lane, Youth Opera

image32

Dr. Kevin Brower is a graduate of Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and Arizona State University. 

In his sixteenth year at  Brigham Young University-Idaho, Dr. Brower serves as Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts and conductor of the BYU-Idaho Men's Choir. Dr. Brower previously served as Director of Choral Activities at  BYU-Idaho and conducted Collegiate Singers, Vocal Union, Concert Chorale  and Women's Choir. Before his appointment at BYU-Idaho, he taught music in the public schools. 

Dr. Brower's choral groups have received national recognition and performed at many regional and national ACDA  and MENC events. His groups are frequently involved in national and international performances tours including recent trips to Canada,  Brazil and Chile. 

Dr. Brower has been a featured conductor with the  acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir on five different occasions.                          

Kathleen Lane, Youth Opera

Kathleen Lane, Youth Opera

Kathleen Lane, Youth Opera

image33

Professor Kathleen Lane joined the Idaho State University voice faculty in 1993, after teaching singing for five years at the Yale University School of Drama.  At ISU she currently serves as Vocal Coordinator and head of Opera ISU, while appearing as a singer and actress throughout the region and maintaining an active and successful voice studio. This past winter she was featured in the title role of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium at the Old Town Actors Studio in Pocatello Idaho. As general director of Opera ISU since 1996, Prof. Lane has revitalized the program, mounting major productions ranging from Johann Strauss and Franz Lehar, to Mozart and Puccini.  In 2016 she collaborated with Theatre ISU as music director for Frank Loesser’s popular musical, Guys and Dolls and Ned Rorem’s opera version of Our Town is scheduled for spring of 2018.  Well-known as a choral conductor, Prof. Lane founded and directs the ISU Women’s Choir. Ever dedicated to artistic outreach and education, she offers clinics and master classes throughout the Northwest; most recently speaking at the All Northwest Music Educators Convention this past February, in Bellevue Washington.
Professor Lane earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Montana, followed by post-graduate studies in choral conducting at Portland State University. After winning the 1986 district Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the mezzo-soprano was recruited into the Yale University Opera Program, where she earned her Master of Music degree in 1988, along with the Yale School of Music Alumni Prize. 

Pam Drew Phillips, Piano

Kathleen Lane, Youth Opera

Pam Drew Phillips, Piano

image34

Pam Drews Phillips has played in many Broadway shows, including "Cats", "City of Angels", "Les Miserables", and "Secret Garden". She was the featured solo pianist on the film "Crossing Delancey" and has performed with the American Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, American Theater Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Her jazz credits include Lainie Kazan, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Betty Buckley, and The Manhattan Rhythm Kings. She composed the music to "Charlotte and Shaw", a musical that was performed at Musical Theater Works in New York City, and "Petticoat Rules” with writer and composer Mary Murfitt, which was performed in Jackson, Wyoming at the new Center For the Arts Theater.  She has conducted the Broadway companies of "Crazy For You" and "Jerome Robbins' Broadway", the National company of "On Your Toes", and the National and Scandinavian companies of "Evita". Pam also composed and recorded a CD of solo piano pieces entitled, "Open Country"and most recently a jazz CD entitled “Play, Piano, Play”. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music with a BM in piano performance.

Jennifer Lyford, Strings

Janet Erickson, Conducting

Jennifer Lyford, Strings

image35

Originally from Holland, Michigan, Jennifer (Lenters) Lyford began her  Suzuki violin studies at the age of 7 with Ellen Rizner.  She began  teaching in Laramie, Wyoming in 1995 after graduating with a Bachelors  of Music in Music Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield,  Minnesota, and while completing her Masters of Music in Violin  Performance from the University of Wyoming.  Currently, Jennifer is  teaching general music at Indian Paintbrush Elementary School and  private and group violin and viola lessons with the String Academy of  Wyoming. She is also a member of the Cheyenne Symphony, and has  performed with the Wyoming Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, and the  Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.  Jennifer enjoys calling Wyoming home  now, where she finds time to run, bike, ski, and camp with her family  and dogs. 

Rebecca Parkinson, Organ

Janet Erickson, Conducting

Jennifer Lyford, Strings

image36

Rebecca Parkinson is beginning her 30th  year of teaching organ at Brigham Young University-Idaho. She completed her degree in organ and composition from Utah State University and  has been active in the organ world ever since. Rebecca is a published composer and has been published in recordings as well. She has been an organist with the Idaho Falls Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and Ricks College (now BYU-I) Symphony Orchestra. She has been an accompanist/organist for the Northern Utah Choral Society, USU Singers, Idaho Falls Symphony Chorale, Idaho Falls Opera Theater, Sounds Choir of Idaho Falls, and presently, for The Eastern Idaho Chorale. Rebecca has been listed in “Who’s Who in America,” and is a founding member of the Easter Idaho Chapter of the American Guild of Organist, and is a guest organist at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. She has participated as an accompanist and organist as part of Temple Square Concert Series.  Rebecca has been an employee of Chesbro Music Co. in Idaho Falls for twelve years and is presently librarian of Idaho Falls Symphony and Idaho Falls Youth Symphony.  She also maintains a private studio of organ and piano students. 

Janet Erickson, Conducting

Janet Erickson, Conducting

Janet Erickson, Conducting

image37

Janet Erickson holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Brigham Young University, Provo, with an emphasis in children's and vocal music. She has performed and taught classical voice for 20 years.  In those 20 years, her students have emerged skilled and confident, some receiving music scholarships. Janet also teaches children's music to families in their homes using the Kodaly Method. While at  BYU, Janet studied conducting with Dr. Mack Wilberg (Current Music Director of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir).  She loves conducting and the process of shaping the performance of a choir into a beautiful, interesting and meaningful message. Janet feels strongly that making music is a journey that involves the whole soul of the being, unifying body, mind and spirit in a deeply sublime and uplifting experience. When individuals collaborate in the blending of musical and spiritual  elements, the creation is powerful and complete.  Conducting is an  incredibly beautiful experience that involves not only leading musicians  to perform as a unit, but inspiring the greatest musicality and meaning possible within the framework of the composer's intention. 

Hyrum Barker, Composition

Alexis Walker, Youth Opera

Alexis Walker, Youth Opera

image38

Hyrum attended Snow College and graduated with a Music Education degree from Utah State University where he studied under the Fry Street Quartet and Anne Francis Bayless. During his time at USU, Hyrum performed in three recitals - one of which featured his own compositions for cello quartet and piano solo. He taught orchestras with the Mountain West String Academy and USU.  Hyrum has been teaching 5th and 6th grade orchestras in Star Valley for the last three years.  His original works have been performed by 5th, 6th and 7th grade orchestras. In the 2017-18 school year, Hyrum will teach orchestra grades 6-12 in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Although sad to leave Star Valley, he is excited for this new opportunity!

Alexis Walker, Youth Opera

Alexis Walker, Youth Opera

Alexis Walker, Youth Opera

image39

Alexis Walker is an Idaho Falls native and a recent graduate of Idaho State University, where she received her Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance.  She studied there with Dr. Kori Bond.  She has established herself as an accompanist and collaborator at ISU, where she has accompanied for multiple senior recitals, auditions, and a rehearsal pianist for a musical.  She has a passion for collaborative music, and recently performed Brahm's Piano Quartet in C Minor with a chamber ensemble.  She has a growing private piano studio, and enjoys teaching all ages!  She returns for a 2nd year to help coordinate and accompany rehearsals and performance of the Youth Opera.

Clinicians & Adjudicators 2016

Dr. Kevin Ayesh, Piano

Annette Colledge, Piano

Annette Colledge, Piano

image40

Music Dept Head, Blue Ridge Comm. College

See extended bio for 2019.

Annette Colledge, Piano

Annette Colledge, Piano

Annette Colledge, Piano

image41

 Degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University (see extended bio for 2018)

Carol Hotrum, Piano

Annette Colledge, Piano

Carol Hotrum, Piano

image42

Music Coordinator, University Bible Church

Music Degree from ISU, Private Piano/Vocal studio for more than 30 years

Gwyn Harris, Voice

Erin Colledge Gordon, Strings

Carol Hotrum, Piano

image43

Director, Rexburg Tabernacle Orchestra

Professor Voice/Piano at BYU and BYU-Idaho (Ricks College) for more than 45 years.

Erin Colledge Gordon, Strings

Erin Colledge Gordon, Strings

Erin Colledge Gordon, Strings

image44

Cello studies at Utah State University

Private Cello Instructor

Instrumental Music Sterling Scholar

Hyrum Barker, Strings/Comp.

Erin Colledge Gordon, Strings

Erin Colledge Gordon, Strings

image45

Music Ed degree from USU

Orchestra Instructor, Lincoln Co. School Dist#2, & taught with Mountain West String Academy

Laurie Arnold, Voice

Mandy Jack/Tina White

Laurie Arnold, Voice

image46

Lyric Mezzo Soprano with various international performances

Studied under Maestro Bill Doherty

Gloria Hintze, Organ

Mandy Jack/Tina White

Laurie Arnold, Voice

image47

Pianist/Organist

Studied with Tabernacle Choir organist Roy Darley 

Mandy Jack/Tina White

Mandy Jack/Tina White

Mandy Jack/Tina White

image48

Directors of Upbeat Children's Choir in Thayne and A

Clinicians & Adjudicators 2015

Dave Munsick, Piano/Guitar

Dave Munsick, Piano/Guitar

Dave Munsick, Piano/Guitar

image49

Commercial Musician & Composer

Multi-disc Published Artist

Wyoming Arts Council Featured Artist

Gloria Corbin, Voice

Dave Munsick, Piano/Guitar

Dave Munsick, Piano/Guitar

image50

Advanced degrees in Education Leadership

Music degree from Morningside College

Mezzo soprano soloist

Private Vocal Studio

Margaret Tueller, Strings

Dave Munsick, Piano/Guitar

Margaret Tueller, Strings

image51

Education/Music Degree from BYU

Orchestra Instructor (12 yrs) in Star Valley

Violinist, Salt River Symphony Chorus

Michael Lechner, Piano

Annie Johnson, Musical Theater

Margaret Tueller, Strings

image52

Instructor, Utah State Youth Conservatory

Studying Piano Pedagogy, USU

Outstanding Music Graduate at Northwest College, 2013

Annie Johnson, Musical Theater

Annie Johnson, Musical Theater

Annie Johnson, Musical Theater

image53

Instructor, Kids Camp/Jackson Hole Playhouse and Triple Threat PAA

Performer in more than 12 musical productions

Nancy Wilbrecht, Organ

Annie Johnson, Musical Theater

Annie Johnson, Musical Theater

image54

Organist, Redeemer Lutheran Church

Studied since age 12 in Wisconsin