GREGORY DOUMA, Artistic Director/Director of Bel Canto North, has directed choirs at the middle school, high school, college and adult levels for 15 years. He received his training at Luther College (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Iowa (Master of Arts). Greg is active as an adjudicator, clinician and soloist throughout the state. Choirs under his direction have performed at Minnesota Music Educators Association clinics (2006 and 2009), the Luther College Dorian Choral Invitational (2006), the ACDA of MN Fall Conference (2010), the North-Central ACDA Conference (2010) and have collaborated with Chanticleer, the Minnesota Chorale and Vocalessence. In 2005, he was recognized as Outstanding Young Choral Director of the Year by the Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. For several years, Greg has sung in the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and was on the teaching staff for the Festival's Youth Choral Academy under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong. Greg has served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Male Choirs for the North-Central Division of ACDA. Greg directs vocal music at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, where he directs five choirs, teaches voice lessons and directs the annual musical extravaganza, Bravo!.
JAMYE CASPERSON, Director of Bel Canto South, has over 22 years experience directing elementary, middle school and high school choirs. She is currently teaching 8th and 9th grade choirs at Shakopee Junior High School. She has directed musicals at the junior high level and high school level for 16 years. Jamye received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Luther College and earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University. She teaches private piano lessons and directs an upper elementary children’s choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lakeville. Jamye is an active accompanist for area high school choirs and voice studios. She is the Co-Coordinator of the State Honor Choirs for ACDA of Minnesota, is the co-chair for the 7th and 8th grade girls honor choir and has served as the ACDA-MN Repertoire and Standards chair for Middle School choirs in the past. She lives in Lakeville with her husband, Dave and two children, Caitlin and Jake.
KARI DOUMA, Director of Prima Voce North, has directed choirs with singers age 8 to 18. In addition to over 14 years of teaching in the public school system, Kari maintains a private voice studio and serves as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women's Choirs for ACDA of MN. She is also a past Editor for the professional publication, Star of the North, a job for which she was recognized at the ACDA National Convention in Miami (winner of Large State Newsletter of the Year). Kari received her Bachelor's degree at Luther College with Weston Noble, Sandra Peter and Timothy Peter and her master's degree from St. Mary's University. Kari directs vocal music at Eastview High School, where she leads five choirs, teaches voice lessons and directs vocal music for the school's award-winning musical theater program.
LISA ROSSMAN, Director of Prima Voce South and Oak Ridge Choir, has over 15 years experience directing elementary, middle school, and high school choirs. Lisa received her Bachelor's degree of Music Education with a flute performance emphasis at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in 1997 and her Master's Degree in Music Education with a choral emphasis at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 2001. She taught high school vocal music for 9 years in suburban Chicago and her most recent full-time position was at the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India where she began a grades 6-12 performance- based choral curriculum. Having recently returned to Minnesota after having lived elsewhere for over twenty years, Lisa has always called Minnesota home having many family roots here..
BECKY LITZAU, Director of Vivace South, has enjoyed teaching elementary music since 2004 after receiving her training at Bemidji State University in K-12 Vocal and Classroom Music. While taking graduate music education Kodaly and Orff Levels at the University of St. Thomas, Becky became involved with the Kodaly Chapter of Minnesota, and has served as the Secretary and as a Member at Large. Having presented at the MMEA Conference, Becky is a premiere leader for interactive technology in the music classroom as the SMART Board Music Education Consultant for Tierney Brothers, Inc.; providing professional development for music educators across the mid-west, while also spearheading the Interactive Whiteboard Summer Professional Development workshops at the Perpich Center for Arts and Education. Becky currently teaches 3rd -5th grade music at Groveland Elementary in Minnetonka. She also values bringing music to families through Musikgarten, a birth to age 9 music program, during the summertime.
APRIL RIOS, Director of Vivace North, has taught elementary music in Minnesota since 2005. She received her training at Bemidji State University in Vocal and Classroom Music grades K- 12 and is currently completing her graduate degree at the University of St. Thomas (Master of Arts in Music Education with a dual concentration in the Kodaly and Orff-Schulwerk methodologies). April is actively involved in music education in MN and currently serves as Treasurer for the Kodaly Chapter of MN and is a member of the Orff Chapter of MN, as well as the Minnesota Music Educators Association. April taught K-6 music for three years at Homecroft Elementary in St. Paul before beginning her current position at Eisenhower Elementary in Hopkins.
KELLIE LeCLAIR, Accompanist, has over 35 years of experience collaborating with various vocal groups, singers and instrumentalists. Kellie studied with Dr. Timothy A. Schmidt at Waldorf College in Forest City, IA. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of MN School of Music, where she studied with Duncan McNab, Bernard Weiser and Alexander Brazinsky. Kellie resides in Eagan with her husband Scott and sons, Josh & Logan.
NICOLE MARSCHALL, Operations Manager/Accompanist, has taught voice and piano privately and in the classroom at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. She was recently awarded a fellowship to attend the NATS 2010 National Summer Conference in Salt Lake City and has presented a workshop for MMTA. Nicole has not only vocally directed and accompanied for over 25 musical productions, but has also recently become Chorus Master for the University of Minnesota Opera Theatre Program, under the direction of David Walsh, which enables high school students to participate in their opera choruses. Nicole has spent many years on the stage as a performer and an accompanist, and is also recognized in the Who’s Who of America’s Teachers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ........................................................ Melissa Goodman, President Karin Munksgaard, Past-President Jennifer Newburg, Vice-President Meg Krekeler, Secretary John Holtze, Treasurer Patti Polum, Director Kathryn Selchow, Director Joel Zylstra, Director
Allegro Choral Academy is a community-based organization that accepts members of all races, religions, ethnic or economic backgrounds. P.O. Box 241325 | Apple Valley MN 55124 | Ph 952.846.8585