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Middle School Honor Choir Bios

Learn more about the honor choir

Learn more about the Middle School Honors Choir.

Frank A. Watkins

Frank A. Watkins, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, taught secondary choral music in Texas for six years. He holds degrees in piano performance from Jackson State University (BM), the University of Arkansas (MM), and choral conducting from Northwestern University (MM) and Michigan State University (DMA). Watkins is in demand as guest conductor and clinician. Recent engagements include the 2013 Mid-Michigan Honor Choir, University of Nebraska Omaha Collegiate Choir Concert Series (2014), Dunn St. Croix Honor Choir (2015), Lakeland All-Conference Honor Choir (2015), University of Nebraska Omaha Middle School Honor Choir (2016), and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra (2016). Future engagements include the 2016 Great Northern Conference All- Conference Choir and the 2017 Big Nine Festival Honor Choir in Red Wing, MN. He has presented workshops on choral methods for the International Music and Christian Arts Conference, Michigan State University, and the Ohio State University. In 2015 he presented at both the Wisconsin Music Educators State Convention and the National Collegiate Choral Organization National Conference. Watkins joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2014. In 2016, he was appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. A dynamic young conductor, Watkins' love and passion are teaching. He believes that in order to educate, you must first inspire! It is his goal to make an impact…not just an impression on the lives of those that follow his baton.

 
Chris McGinley

Christopher G. McGinley is a dynamic conductor and music educator based in the Twin Cities where he pursues the DMA in conducting at the University of Minnesota and directs music at Trinity Lutheran Congregation. He holds faculty positions at Augsburg University (music education) and the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (music education and directing the Women's Chorus, Symphonic Choir, and The Singing Statesmen). His choirs are noted for their vibrant and nuanced interpretations of works from diverse eras and genres. A strong advocate for community music, McGinley has served intergenerational choirs in Philadelphia, Wisconsin, and Oregon. He holds degrees in conducting and music education from the University of Oregon and University of Delaware, and pursued further studies in conducting at the Frost School of Music. His mentors include Kathy Saltzman Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, Karen Kennedy, Sharon Paul, and Paul Head. 

Kyle Zeuch

Dr. Kyle Zeuch currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania where he conducts three choirs and teaches courses in conducting and music education. His previous experience includes Director of Children and Youth Choirs at Michigan State University and as the Head Choir Director at Rivera High School in Brownsville, TX where he was named the TCDA Distinguished Young Director in 2010. Dr. Zeuch received a Bachelor of Music in music education from Capital University, a Master of Music in choral conducting and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in choral conducting from Michigan State University.

Dr. Zeuch made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2017 and has recently prepared choirs to perform with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Michigan State University Orchestra. Choirs under his direction have performed throughout Europe and were selected to perform at the ACDA Michigan Conference in 2016 and the Michigan Music Conference in 2017.

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