2016 Band, Choral, Orchestra, Piano Camps Guest Conductors and UWGB Faculty/Staff
Camp Director, Conductor, High School Band
Kevin Collins, on the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1988, was appointed Director of Bands in 1995. He served as Chair of the Music Program from 1998-2003. During that time led the department's NASM re-accreditation efforts, as well as the planning for a substantial remodeling of music facilities at UW-Green Bay. He currently serves as chair of the Music Department.
Professor Collins directs the UW-Green Bay Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and teaches conducting and studio low brass. In the summer, he directs the UW-Green Bay Band, Choral and Orchestra Camps. In 1998, he founded the "UW-Green Bay State Bound Honor Band" for students who have received outstanding ratings for solo performances at WSMA and MSBOA district festivals. Professor Collins is a frequent guest conductor, speaker, clinician and adjudicator, and has conducted honor bands throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, as well as middle and high school bands, youth orchestras, community bands, collegiate, and professional ensembles.
He holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Michigan (Low Brass/Trombone Performance/Music Education), a Master's degree University of Texas-Austin (Wind Conducting) and has done additional study in instrumental conducting at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Conductor, 9th Grade Band, Clarinet Instructor
Dr. Scott Wright currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at UK in 2002, he served as the Professor of Clarinet and Assistant Director of Bands at UW-Green Bay, and he taught music for the public schools of Longview, Washington from 1987-97.
Dr. Wright received music education degrees from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from Arizona State University. Former teachers include Robert Spring, James Pyne, John Mohler, Stan Stanford, and the late Evelyn Angerman.
Wright has performed with numerous ensembles including the Arizona Opera Orchestra, Ensemble 21 (Phoenix), the Southwest Washington Symphony (Longview, WA), the Bloch International Music Festival Orchestra (Newport, OR), the Yaquina Chamber Orchestra (Newport, OR), the Northwest Wind Symphony (Olympia, WA), the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (WI), and the Lexington Philharmonic (KY). He is active as a soloist, clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout the United States with recent performances in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas. He has been a frequent featured performer at the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association with appearances in Columbus, OH in 1998, in Ostend, Belgium in 1999, in Salt Lake City, UT in 2003, and in 2004 in Washington DC. During the summer of 2003 Wright traveled to Greece with the Metropolitan String Quartet (D.C.) for a series of chamber music performances featuring the music of Mozart, Brahms, and contemporary Greek composers.
Dr. Wright spends his summers teaching children at the Young Musicians and Artists Music Festival (Salem, OR) and the UW-Green Bay Summer Music Camp.
You can hear his playing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NrciTwncmk
Conductor, Chorale and Camp Chorus
Dr. Randall A. Meder is Director of Choral Activities at UW-Green Bay, where he conducts the Concert Choir and Phoenix Chorale, and teaches courses in Choral Conducting and Literature, and Secondary Music Education Methods. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Master's degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting and Literature from the University of Illinois. Dr. Meder has studied with Beverly Taylor, Fred Stoltzfus, Don Moses, Timothy Stalter, Scott MacPherson, Robert Fountain, and Robert Shaw.
Before coming to Green Bay he was Director of Choral Activities at NC State University, where he conducted the choral ensembles and taught sight-singing, choral literature and music history. Prior to his graduate studies he taught high school choral music for four years in Wisconsin, and has continued to work as a clinician with high school groups in Wisconsin, Illinois and North Carolina. Dr. Meder is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Conductors Guild, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society in Music.
Voice and Italian Diction
Throughout Europe, the U.S. and South America, Sarah Meredith Livingston has performed as soloist, recitalist, masterclass teacher, and adjudicator. Ms. Meredith Livingston, a native of Iowa, is currently Associate Professor of Music, Women and Gender Studies, and Global Studies at UW-Green Bay where she teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop, and Women in the Performing Arts as well as Opera Seminar. She received degrees from Iowa State University, (BS, 1974; BM, 1975), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, (M.M., Music Education/Voice Performance), Hochschule fur Musik, Hamburg, Germany, (Auslander Diplom, 1978-1980), and the University of Iowa, Iowa (DMA, Voice Performance/Opera, 1987). Since 1993, Ms. Meredith Livingston has organized student and faculty groups to perform in Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic, and Brazil. She is the founder and director of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition Semi-finals that have been held on the UW-Green Bay campus. This event has the distinction of being the only competition promoting Czech/Slovak music in the United States.
French Horn and Experimental Music
Associate Professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst has taught at the University of Chicago, Oberlin Conservatory, and Concordia University (River Forest, IL) and Daley College in Chicago. Her compositions and horn playing have been featured on the prestigious "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" series in New York City. At UW-Green Bay, Dr. McQuade Dewhirst teaches Horn, Music Theory, History, Popular Music, and Composition.
She was a founding member of the Chicago Miniaturist Ensemble and has received the ASCAPlus Grant for four consecutive years. Her work is published by JOMAR Press www.jomarpress.com. Her Bachelor's degree is from Ithaca College and she holds both a Master's degree and Doctorate in Composition from the University of Chicago.
Voice and Musical Theatre
Dr. Courtney Sherman, soprano, holds degrees in music from Western Michigan University and Arizona State University. Her opera role credits include Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos as well as many opera scenes performances, including several from Strauss and Mozart. Courtney has performed soprano solos in Bach's Mass in B-Minor, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Handel's Messiah, among others. In addition to her own solo recital programs, she has had the opportunity to collaborate with many colleagues on a variety of recitals, singing a wide range of art song repertoire. Courtney joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2009, where she teaches Applied Classical and Musical Theatre Voice and serves as the music director of musical theatre productions. She was recently seen as the conductor and music director for UW-Green Bay's performance of Cabaret in the Weidner Center's Cofrin Family Hall.
Orchestra Conductor teaches in the Shawano School District. There she teaches Functional Music, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Orchestra lessons, is the Co-Director of SCHS Musical and the Co- Advisor for Tri-M. Ms. Sousek is a graduate of Arizona State, B.M.E, Univ. of Michigan, M.M.Ed Her hobbies & interests include being a Member of Fox Valley Symphony, String Clinician for WSMA.
Clarinet and Theory
Associate Professor of Music at UW-Green Bay, Eric Hansen, will be teaching clarinet classes for the Middle and High School Music Camps. Eric Hansen is the clarinet instructor and assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He teaches Applied Clarinet, Music Theory, Woodwind Techniques, Woodwind Ensemble, and directs the Phoenix Pep Band. He holds a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky where he studied with Dr. Scott Wright, and two Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Arizona State University.
Flute, Flute Ensemble
Nancy Collins has been an adjunct flute instructor at UW-Green Bay since 1986. She has a masters degree in flute pedagogy from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied with Karen Yonovitz. Her undergraduate degree is from UW-Oshkosh, where her principal teacher was James Grine. She is currently a member of 'Sounds of Silver' flute ensemble and has performed with numerous area ensembles including the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra and Civic Symphony of Green Bay. Nancy has maintained a private flute studio for over 20 years, and has had numerous high school students receive college scholarship offers, exemplary ratings on solos at WSMA state festivals, and qualify as WSMA state honors ensemble members. Two of her students have been invited to perform on the honors recital at the WSMA convention in Madison.
Saxophone and Jazz Lab Band
Professor Salerno teaches saxophone, composition, jazz ensemble, and other jazz related classes at UW-Green Bay. Under his direction, the UW-Green Bay Jazz Ensemble has performed at both the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals in Europe. As a saxophonist he has worked with a variety of notable groups and artists including The Spinners, The Jacksons, Engelbert Humperdinck, Roberta Flack, Joe Wiliams, and many others. Dr. Salerno is a published composer and arranger, and has written works for a variety of styles and media. He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, judging at many jazz festivals throughout the country including the prestigious University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. He directs the annual UW-Green Bay January Jazz Fest the oldest and most popular jazz event of its kind in Wisconsin. Dr. Salerno holds a bachelor's and master's degree from UW-Green Bay and Doctorate in Composition from the University of Northern Colorado.
Vocal Jazz and Jazz/Pop vocal stylings
Christine Salerno is the director of the UW-Green Bay Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which recently received an “Outstanding Vocal Jazz Ensemble” award at the 2004 Elmhurst College Jazz Festival. Three of Christine’s private jazz voice students at UWGB and Lawrence University received the top college awards for the 2005 Downbeat Jazz Voice category. Ms. Salerno is also the Choir Director at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay.
Christine has been a vocal jazz educator for twenty-one years, teaching at The University of Northern Colorado, Florida Atlantic University, Western Michigan University, and Palm Beach Community College. She was the director of the 2001 Wisconsin State Music Association Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the director of the 2005 Pennsylvania All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Christine has also served on the judging panel for the Wisconsin State Composition Award competition.Christine is a frequent guest clinician at high school and university jazz festivals, including Millikin, Boise State, Lawrence University, the University of Northern Colorado, and others. She has several published vocal jazz arrangements with the UNC Jazz Press, some of which have been performed and recorded by professional and college ensembles including Millikin University, Washington State University, Western Michigan University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Miami, and Roosevelt University which premiered her arrangement of “The Closer I Get To You” at the 2000 International Association of Jazz Educators Convention.
Christine also composes for her Contemporary Jazz and World Music Group, “ZIJI”, which has performed in such exclusive venues as the Elkhart Jazz Festival in Indiana, and the Neenah and Fox Cities Jazz Festivals in Wisconsin, among others. She has recorded and/or performed with Chuck Loeb, Nelson Rangell, Eliane Elias, Kurt Elling, Billy Drews, Kip Kuepper, and many more.
Middle and High School Music: Piano Camps Director
Michael holds the doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music and serves as Assistant Professor of Music at UW-Green Bay. He is passionate about teaching and writes about pedagogy for American Music Teacher. He and his wife, Sylvia Hong, are well-known for their musical creativity, virtuosity and innovative programming. They are prizewinners of the Ellis Duo Piano Competition and have concertized extensively in the US and abroad. In Busan, Korea, they performed two sold-out concerts on the same day. They toured Eastern Europe in the spring of 2014, performing with orchestras in Georgia and Romania.