2016 Band, Choral, Piano, Ochrestra 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 Intermantional 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
Laura Robinson is Director of Bands for the Escanaba Middle School. Besides her groups earning top ratings in the MSBOA festival process, she has been a finalist for MSBOA Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the Year. Laura received a Japan Fulbright Award which allowed her to travel and teach in Japan. Some of her school projects have been awarded top honors by the Michigan Education Association. Besides teaching, guest conducting, and judging, Laura plays Oboe and English Horn professionally. She is principal Oboe with the Marquette Symphony and a featured soloist. She also performs with the Sault St.Marie Symphony, Superior Festival Orchestra, and several local chamber ensembles. Laura earned her BM from Western Michigan University and MM from Northwestern University. She loves going to UW-Green Bay Band Camp!
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 UW-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.
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.
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 soporano 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.
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.