Young Voices 2008 Clinicians
Girls' Children's Choir
Elizabeth Grefsheim is co-founder of The Son-Sheim Music School and SONDANCE Studio in Spring Lake Park, Anoka and Maple Grove, Minnesota. Over eight hundred students study music in groups or private lessons at the school.
Ms. Grefsheim teaches group music experiences for children, private voice for all ages and is the director of the "Rainbow Kids," the school's performing choir. This choir has been on many Christian vocal recordings over the past ten years and has performed at state and national conventions.
Ms. Grefsheim directs choral festivals of all age levels and presents workshops and vocal/choral clinics throughout the United States. She is a frequent adjudicator for the Minnesota State High School League.
Grefsheim is Associate Executive Director and faculty member of The
VoiceCare Network. She is an active member of NATS, MENC and ACDA.
COLLINS studied with René Clausen at Concordia College (Moorhead,
MN), where he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education
and was a member of the world renowned Concordia Choir. He completed
the Master of Music degree in choral conducting at Boston University's
College of Fine Arts, studying with Ann Howard Jones, Daniel Moe,
Lukas Foss, Craig Smith and David Hoose. He recently began doctoral
studies in choral conducting and composition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory
of Music with Mark Gibson, Stephen Coker and Earl Rivers.
Junior High Girls Choir
Julia J. White is the Artistic Director and Founder of the acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, VA, where she oversees the program of 200 students in five choirs and teaches courses on the child voice. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University and a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton.
addition to her work in organ performance, choral conducting, and
children's choirs Ms. White sang with the Symphonic Choir with Maestro
Ricardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Maestro Zubin Mehta
and the New York Philharmonic. Ms. White has done post-graduate specialization
in children's choirs at Westminster Choir College, the American Boychoir
School, Royal School of Church Music, and Choral Music Experience
Institute at Northern Illinois University, where she received Levels
I-III certification and Artist Teacher Diploma. She has studied long
term in Vienna, Austria, and England and has completed Level I of
Ms. White served two terms as the ACDA Children's Choir Chair for Virginia and created the ACDA Virginia/Maryland Honors Choir in 1998 & 1999. She has been a frequent guest director and lecturer at festivals and universities in Virginia, Connecticut, Washington, DC, and Oklahoma, and has directed All-State Choirs including West Virginia (2002), Mississippi (2003), and Florida (2004). She received Governor's School awards in Richmond in 1998 and 2000, and received the Distinguished Artist-in-Residence title at Eastern Mennonite University in 2003.
Junior High Mixed Choir
Jackson is Associate Professor of Music at Point Loma Nazarene University
where he conducts the Point Loma University Choir. Jackson received
a B.A. in music education, an M.A. in Choral Conducting and has earned
a Doctorate in Theology and Worship Studies. Dr. Jackson was voted
Music Educator of the Year for Central California in 1995, 1999,