Gustavus Show Choir Camp
April James is a freelance choreographer based in California. She was member of “Attache” show choir in Clinton, Mississippi. While at the University of Mississippi, she was a performer with Mississippi Dance Company and toured with the rhythm tap group, 'Cacophony.' After moving to Chicago, she attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with a degree in kinesiology (the science of movement). Her employment history includes show choir choreography for various junior high, high school and college groups around the country, including Totino-Grace High School and Bemidji High School. April is also one of the choreographers for Lance Bass's production company, 'Freelance.’
Stephen Todd is originally from Mitchell, SD, where he was a four-year member of Friend de Coup Showchoir, as well as the South Dakota All-State and Honors Choirs. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance from Millikin University in Decatur, Il. Stephen has had the privilege to star in many regional theatres around the country in shows such as Chicago, Footloose, Titanic, Forever Plaid, Pippin, Cabaret, Tick Tick Boom!, And the World Goes Round, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Songs for a New World, and Singing in the Rain. He was also featured on the Broadway National Tour of Kiss Me, Kate, and made his New York City debut in the reading of the new musical M.Claudel starring the legendary Eartha Kitt. Stephen is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Stephen just earned his Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNL he starred in the productions of Dead Man Walking, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Elijah, Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years and the spring dance concert Evenings of Dance. He was also featured in a staged reading of the new Adam Gwon musical Bernice Bobs Her Hair. As the director of The Big Red Singers, UNL’s Collegiate Showchoir, he was honored to have the group selected to perform at the Nebraska Music Education Association conference in 2009 as well as hosts for FAME Branson. His choreography was also featured at the Lied Center for performing arts in UNL mainstage productions of Carousel and Elijah. Stephen is also a proud member of NMEA.
Terry Voss is in his thirty-first year of teaching with twenty-one years at Totino-Grace High School in Minneapolis, MN. Voss earned his BME from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI and MST from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
At Totino-Grace High School Mr. Voss is department chair, director of the Concert Choir, Honors Concert Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Company of Singers, Men’s Chorus and supervises the junior varisty and men’s show choir. In addition to directing these ensembles he teaches private voice lessons, teaches several levels of music theory, directs three sessions a year of the TG Junior High Show Choir and is vocal director of the Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In Show Choir.
In their 2010 season the varsity show choir, Company of Singers, went undefeated at every competition including all best vocal, best choreography, best band and best female soloist awards and capped their season as the National Champions in Chicago Fame Events Competition.
Terry Voss currently is the Midwest Region ACDA Show Choir Repertoire Chair, previously served on the Minnesota State ACDA Board, has published several articles in choral journals, his choral groups have been featured and he has presented interest sessions at the state conventions and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country.
Lin Warren has taught vocal music for 25 years at Hastings High School. He received a Bachelor of Music from Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska and a Master of Arts in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 1988 he received the Outstanding Young Choral Director Award from the Minnesota Chapter of American Choral Directors Association and in 1989 was selected as “Teacher of the Year” and in 2009 he was selected “Employee of the Year” for the Hastings Public School System. His choirs have been selected to appear at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Convention, the American Choral Director Association of Minnesota Convention, the Divisional Music Educators National Conference Convention, and the 2010 Choral Arts Finale. He has held many positions in the American Choral Directors Association. He was the Assistant Convention Chair for the 2005 National American Choral Directors Association Convention in Los Angeles and is currently the Assistant Convention Chair for the 2011 National American Choral Directors Convention in Chicago.
Dr. Brandon Dean is Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College where he conducts the Choir of Christ Chapel and Lucia Singers, and teaches courses in music theory and music history. Prior to his appointment, Dean completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. From 2003-2008, Dean served as the Director of Choral Activities at Ankeny High School and was the director of Visual Adrenaline. Under his leadership, Visual Adrenaline became recognized as one of the premiere show choirs in the country, and the ensemble was named Grand Champions at 14 consecutive competitions around the Midwest, earning numerous caption awards for Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, and Best Show Design.