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American Choral Directors Association

Repertoire and Resources Vocal Jazz Leadership

Vocal Jazz Repertoire & Standards Leadership

National Chair: Gregory Amerind (

Dr. Gregory (Greg) Amerind has been performing since the age of 5 studying piano, trumpet and voice throughout his school years, eventually majoring in music and theater at UCLA and Cal State University, Northridge, and at Arizona State University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and a DMA in Choral Conducting. He has been a private voice instructor since 1982. 

Intermixed with his studies, he was a songwriter and professional singer for many years in Los Angeles, his career includes stops in Musical Theater, nightclubs and concert venues, most notably with Pacific Jazz & Electric, a jazz vocal ensemble he co-founded and for which he wrote and arranged much of the material; and studios, where he was often called upon to record demos for LA songwriters as well as for commercial, TV and Radio, and industrial projects. 

He was a featured soloist with Lionel Hampton and his big band, and has also performed with entertainers such as Ann Jillian, John Astin and Patrick Duffy in various projects, as well as appearing briefly in the film The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and Sir Lawrence Olivier. Relocating to Arizona in 1997, he has served as soloist, composer/arranger and director of the SGI-USA Arizona Cactus Chorusa lay Buddhist community group devoted to the cause of world peace through music and cultural exchange. Since 2013 he has been a performer/arranger with the Phoenix-based Vocal Jazz ensemble, Oasis

As a choral director, he had the honor of conducting a 300-voice interfaith choir singing "We Are One" at Phoenix's Chase Field in commemoration of the September 11 attacks on America. He served for nine years as the Artistic Assistant for the Phoenix Boys Choirwas the founding director of Arizona State University's Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Heatwave, from 2009-2013 and is currently the artistic director of The Nash Vocal Jazz Ensemble in Phoenix.

As a composer, his catalog includes dozens of traditional choral and vocal jazz ensemble compositions and arrangements, as well as over 150 songs in the genres of classical, pop, jazz, rock, R & B and show tunes. His music been performed by Jr. High, High School Collegiate and professional choirs throughout  the United States and internationally. His solo CD, Late Boomer, a collection of original jazz-influenced vocal compositions is available online at CD Baby, I-Tunes, and at most digital download sites.

Prior to serving as the National Chair for Vocal Jazz, Greg served as both Boychoir and Vocal Jazz Chair for the ACDA’s Western Division from 2009-2015.

Division Chairs:
Central Division: Susan Moninger (

Susan Moninger holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Millikin University and a Masters degree in Music Education from Northwestern University.

As Director of Student Choral Activities at Elmhurst College, Professor Moninger conducts the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, the Chamber Singers, & the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble “Late Night Blues.” The vocal jazz ensemble has headlined for FAME events in New York, California, and Florida. They also were also chosen to represent the United States performing in the International Festival of University Choirs “Universitas Cantat” held in Poland.

Recently, members of the Elmhurst College Concert Choir sang with the Chicago Pops Orchestra, performing Distant Worlds/Final Fantasy at the Rosemont Theater and can be heard on their current CD with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnie Roth, conductor. The choir tours throughout the United States, and Canada. The choir has also performed in Prague with the Czech National Symphony and for Academy Award winner Howard Shore for his “Lord of the Rings” Symphony.

Named to Who’s Who Among Teachers in America, she was also chosen as the Elmhurst College faculty member elected into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for Superior Academic Scholarship.

Professor Moninger enjoys judging classical, vocal jazz, and show choir competitions for middle school, high school and collegiate choirs. She also conducts District, All County and All State ensembles throughout the United States. She has also served as a conductor/presenter in Canada, Italy, Poland, London and the Netherlands. She can be seen in the London documentary: “Glee-ful: The Truth about Show Choirs.” A former jingle singer, (United Airlines, Green Giant, and numerous other national commercials) she feels fortunate to share her experiences to help others reach their goals. As a composer and arranger her vocal jazz charts are published by KJOS of San Diego, California. She is a current member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association, American Choral Directors Association, and National Association for Music Education.

Professor Moninger has served as the Standard and Repertoire Chairperson for Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. This summer she celebrates 34 years as co-founder and co-director of Showchoir Camps of America. She has worked with over 32,000 students and directors from around the world.  These workshops have been held at Millikin University, Heidelberg College, and Walt Disney World Resorts and focus on teaching and refining singing, dancing, and performing techniques.

Eastern Division: Sheryl Monkelien (

North Central Division: David von Kampen (

David von Kampen (b. 1986) is a composer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. David’s creative work spans a wide variety of genres and styles, including jazz, choral music, hymnody and liturgy, solo voice, chamber music, and musical theater. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Nebraska. He has studied composition with James Barnes, Dan Gailey, Forrest Pierce, Eric Richards, and Randall Snyder.

David is a six-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, and was named the 2015 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year for his song cycle "Under the Silver and Home Again." David was the recipient of a 2015 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award, winner of the 2014 San Francisco Choral Artists New Voices Project, winner of the 2013 National Band Association’s Young Jazz Composers Competition, and received Honorable Mention in the 2014 New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions. In 2013 David was the recipient of the Cius Award, given to the Outstanding Student Composer at the University of Kansas.

David has over 50 choral and instrumental compositions and arrangements published with Walton Music, G. Schirmer, Concordia Publishing House, UNC Jazz Press, MusicSpoke, and others. His music has been performed by professional, collegiate, high school, and church ensembles throughout the United States.

David is currently a lecturer of music theory and literature at the University of Nebraska, where he directs the UNL Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also teaches applied composition at Concordia University, Neb., and serves as Music Coordinator for Blended Worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln. David is a member of ASCAP, the Jazz Education Network, and the American Choral Directors Association. He is active as a conductor, pianist and musical director, and as a clinician for vocal and instrumental ensembles. He lives in Lincoln with his wife Mollie and daughter Gretta.

Northwestern Division: Jeff Horenstein

Southern Division: Lauren Rizzo (

Southwestern Division: Janice Vlachos (

Janice Vlachos is currently in her twenty second year as a choral director. Eleven years ago she returned “home” to Fairview High School, where her love of music began when she was a student, and later a student teacher, with Ron Revier. She received her B.M. at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Before returning to Fairview, Ms. Vlachos taught at Wheat Ridge High School and Chatfield High School. Ms. Vlachos is a member of CMEA and ACDA and has served as the COACDA R & S Chairs for High School and Women’s Literature and she served as the Southwest Regional ACDA R & S High School Chair for Women’s Literature for 6 years. At Fairview, Janice directs four choirs, teaches Zumba, is Fine Arts department head, and is the director/producer of the fall musical and the Pops Show. Under Ms. Vlachos’s direction, 13 choral groups have been selected to perform at CMEA. Age of Guinevere, a women’s jazz ensemble she started seven years ago, won the Downbeat Award for Best Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble and was selected to sing at the National Choral Directors Conference in Dallas, TX. Ms. Vlachos resides in Boulder with her husband, Dean, and their two children, Eleni, 17, and Nikolos, 16 years old.

Western Division: Christine Guter (
Christine Guter (Helferich) is a jazz vocalist, pianist, and studio singer who brings an immense wealth of experience to our faculty. She has a full, rich voice of great range and versatility. Christine mainly works as a jazz vocalist, but is versed in many musical styles including classical, pop/rock, musical theater, country, and blues. She has performed extensively at concerts, festivals, colleges, and other venues in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Christine performs frequently in L.A. and Orange County, and has worked with many legendary musicians including Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson, Mercer Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Bobby McFerrin, and Darmon Meader.


Christine has worked extensively in studio settings since 1990, and has sung on over 40 Hollywood soundtracks including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Despicable Me 2, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Lorax, Men in Black 3, Ice Age 4, Superman Returns, Beowulf, Horton Hears a Who, and Spiderman 3. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). She also is the lead singer in the nationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble, Vocalogy.


An extraordinary educator, Christine is active nationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician. She has presented many clinics, performances, and demonstrations for music education organizations and conferences, and has conducted numerous All-State Jazz Choirs. Christine is on the board for the California Alliance for Jazz (CAJ), and is a member of the Jazz Education Network (JEN), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She serves the California ACDA as Vocal Jazz R&S Chair. She is sought after as a clinician and adjudicator for jazz festivals and workshops throughout the United States and Canada.


Christine is currently the Director of Vocal Jazz at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. She teaches private jazz and classical voice lessons, a solo jazz vocal techniques course, class jazz piano, jazz theory, and directs the university’s award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Pacific Standard Time.


State Chairs:

Central Division:
Illinois: Jennifer Seiler (
Indiana: Brenda Butler (
Michigan: Greg Jasperse (
Ohio: Chris Ilg (
Eastern Division:
Connecticut: Brian Stephenson (
Delaware: Kathleen Shannon (
Maryland/DC: Kyle Weary (
Massachusetts: Catherine Jenson-Hole (
New Hampshire: Karen Sayward Tasho (
New Jersey: Michael Schmidt (
New York: Jeff Welcher (
Pennsylvania: Lindsey Bruno (
Rhode Island:
Vermont: Billy Ray Poli (
North Central Division:
Iowa: Robert Williams ( )
Minnesota: Jennifer Parker (
Nebraska: Missy Noonan
North Dakota: Mike Seil (
South Dakota: Denise Perry (
Wisconsin: Timothy Buchholz (
Northwestern Division:
Alaska: Stan Harris (
Idaho: Quinn Van Paepeghem (
Montana: Kimberly Lorengo (
Oregon: Jason Heald (
Washington: Mike Scott (
Wyoming: Larry Munari (
Southern Division:
Alabama: Kyle Chandler (
Florida: Evan Powers (
Georgia: Theresa Alexander (
Kentucky: Katie Cook (
Louisiana: Cameron Weatherford (
North Carolina:Stephen Futrell (
South Carolina:
Tennessee: Jim Kimmel (
Virginia: Debbie Settle (
West Virginia:
Southwestern Division:
Arkansas: Kyle Chandler (
Colorado: Julie Williams (
Kansas: John Stafford (
Missouri: Brian Parrish (
New Mexico:
Oklahoma: Stephania Abell (
Western Division:
Arizona: Richard Hintze (
California: Ian Brekke (
Nevada: Janet Tyler (
Utah: Emily Merrill (
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