Repertoire Two-Year College Leadership

Two-Year College Repertoire & Standards Leadership

National Chair: Dianna Campbell (campbelld@seminolestate.edu)

Dianna Campbell is the Director of Choral Activities at Seminole State College in Sanford, Fl. Mrs. Campbell conducts the College’s Concert Chorale, SeminoleSound Vocal Jazz Ensemble and a Masterworks Community Choir. She has served as the Florida and Southern Division ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chair for Two-Year Colleges and currently serves as the National R&S for Two-Year Colleges. Highly sought after as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator, Dianna has worked for such organizations as the Grady-Rayem Negro Spiritual Contest, World Strides/Heritage Festivals USA, Dynamic Music Festivals, Disciples Musicians Organization, is an FVA Certified Adjudicator and has judged and presented at the district and state levels.  In 2011-12, Professor Campbell received the Ken Sylvester Excellence in Teaching Award and the NISOD Excellence in Education Award. Mrs. Campbell is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Kappa Phi.


 Central Division Chair: Kevin Dobreff (kdobreff@grcc.edu)

Kevin Dobreff, is the Department Head of Music and Performing Arts at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Dobreff has an undergraduate degree in Choral and Instrumental Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in choral conducting and literature from Marshall University.  Mr. Dobreff  is currently ABD for the DMA degree in Choral Conducting and Literature from Michigan State University. In addition to his responsibilities as Department Head, Mr. Dobreff conducts the college choir and the Madrigal Singers, and teaches aural comprehension.



Eastern Division Chair: Alice Cavanaugh (cavanaa@sunysuffolk.edu)

Alice Cavanaugh is the Director of Choral Ensembles and Coordinator of Applied Music at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY. She directs the 90-voice College Choir and 25-voice Suffolk Singers and teaches courses in music history. Prior to joining the faculty of SCCC, she taught at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY and at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. An active conductor on Long Island, Dr. Cavanaugh has directed the Babylon Chorale, the Chorale Society of the Hamptons, and currently directs the Camerata Singers of Stony Brook University.She has published in The Choral Journal and has presented at the 2013 ACDA National Convention and for the Suffolk College Women’s Week Symposium. She holds a D.M.A in choral conducting from Stony Brook University, an M.M. in choral conducting from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, and a B.A. in music from Smith College. 

North-Central Division Chair: Rita E. Stinner  (rstinner@wncc.edu)

Rita Smith Stinner is Director of the Western Nebraska Community College Music Program, and Director of Choral Activities. Ms. Stinner earned both Bachelor in Music Education, and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She taught for the Lincoln Public Schools for many years before moving to Western Nebraska, where she reorganized The Valley Voices Community Chorus, and founded The Valley Eight, both of which performed live on NPR “Big Band Spotlight”, at Oregon Trail Days, and the Willow Tree Festival. Ms. Stinner began teaching at Western Nebraska Community College in 1997. Since revitalizing the music program, she recently developed a new Associate Degree in Vocal Performance at WNCC, in addition to the established Associate Degree in Music Education and a full menu of choral ensembles and applied music offerings.


Northwestern Division Chair: James Knox (jwknox@cocc.edu)

James Knox is Associate Professor of Music at Central Oregon Community College, directs the Cascade Chorale, the College Choir and is the founder of  its vocal  jazz ensemble, the Central Singers.

 

 

 

Southern Division Chair: Glinda Blackshear (gblackshear@sheltonstate.edu)

Glinda Blackshear has been a Vocal/Choral Instructor at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa since 1985. In 2000 she was selected Outstanding College Faculty Person for the state Two-Year College system and in 2008 she received the Todd Award for Excellence in Teaching at Shelton. She is past president of the Alabama Choral Directors Association. In 2011 she received the Thomas Smith Award for Excellence from Alabama ACDA. She has also been the recipient of two Druid Arts Awards from the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. She has performed locally with the Prentice Concert Chorale, the ensemble Chanson, and Theatre Tuscaloosa, where she fulfilled a dream by playing the role of the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. She has also been the Choir Director at Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1994. She is married to composer Alan Blackshear.  Glinda Blackshear conducts the award-winning concert choir, the Shelton Singers, which has performed from New York to Hawaii, including 8 performances in Carnegie Hall. The Bach to Rock Ensemble, which Mrs. Blackshear originated and still directs, performs before hundreds of school children each year under the umbrella of the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. In 2007 Bach to Rock was given the NCIA national award for Innovations in Education. They performed for the Two-Year College symposium at the 2014 Southern Division Convention.


Southwestern Division Chair: Dr. Jerry Myers (gmyers34@stlcc.edu)

Dr. Jerry Myers Jerry Myers is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at St. Louis Community College at Meramec where he conducts the Concert Choir, founded and conducts the Chamber Singers and Voices of Magic jazz choir, supervises the choral and theory programs and serves as the Coordinator of Music. Prior to his appointment at STLCC, he was on the faculty of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He holds the D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.A. in Music from Western Illinois University and B.M. in Vocal Performance from Illinois State University. Active in ACDA and other organizations, he was the editor of the Virginia ACDA website and the award-winning newsletter, Virginia Harmony, for several years before he was selected as President-Elect. As a guest clinician and lecturer, Dr. Myers conducts honor choirs and presents at conferences regularly. His choirs regularly collaborate with Grammy-winning artists, premiere works by international composers, perform major works with professional ensembles and have performed in the prestigious venues of Austria, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, and Cuba.



Western Division Chair: Bret Peppo (bpeppo@dvc.edu)

Bret Peppo is finishing his seventh year as Director of Choral Activities and Music Department chair at Diablo Valley College. He conducts the Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers Masterworks Chorale and the Vocal Jazz Ensembles. Prior to his appointment at DVC, Peppo was the Director of Choral Activities at Alderson-Broaddus College at the University of South Alabama and at Illinois State University. He also held the positions as director of the Old Gold Singers (show choir), at the University of Iowa. His concert, show and jazz choirs have toured extensively throughout the country and have been selected to perform for the Alabama and Illinois All-State Conferences in 1998, 2002, 2003.  As a conductor, Mr. Peppo has conducted many high school and collegiate all-state festivals for both honor choir as well as jazz choirs and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician with many national music festivals and is busy as a judge from show choir and vocal jazz competitions. Peppo is active with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia where he has served as faculty advisor at Illinois State University, University of South Alabama and Alderson-Broaddus College. He is also active in the American Choral Directors Association and serves as R&S chair (2-Year Colleges) and coordinates the Tactus newsletter on the Western Division Board. Bret Peppo earned a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education from Eastern Illinois University, a Masters of Conducting at Illinois State University and is doctorate from the University of Iowa in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.


The Repertoire & Standards leadership for Two-Year Colleges seeks to improve the quality of choral performance and literature through the definition and implementation of high standards in our choral programs, and in the support of efforts to improve those standards nationally through its service to Two-Year College choral directors throughout the United States.  R&S Chairs, appointed at the national, division, and state levels assist in providing  leadership, information, networking, excellence among colleagues, professional growth, and guidance for choral and ensemble growth in the Two-Year College setting.