Ms. Killpack is beginning her fourteenth year of teaching junior high choir, the last twelve of which have been at Orem Junior High School, a high-performing Title I school where half the student population participates in a choir each year. There she teaches seven choirs during the day, a student-run a cappella ensemble in the morning, and holds a weekly training choir of approximately fifty children who attend her feeder elementary schools. She was named Teacher of the Year by her administration in 2008, and Teacher of the Year by the PTSA organization in 2009. In 2015, she was recipient of the prestigious Alpine School District Accent on Excellence Award. A native of Las Vegas, Ms. Killpack has bachelors and masters degrees in music education from Brigham Young University and Northern Arizona University, respectively; she is currently writing her dissertation for completion of the DMA degree in music education at Boston University.
In addition to department leadership and instructional coach duties at her school site, Ms. Killpack facilitated the professional learning community of junior high choral teachers in Alpine School District for several years. She continues to present throughout the state, as well as at the 2014 national NAfME conference in Nashville, TN, on the choral team’s collaborative effort to create an aligned music literacy curriculum. This summer, the team broadened their vision to include a vocal technique curriculum for young choral students. Ms. Killpack is the administrator of the website choirplc.com, which shares the ever-evolving process and work product of her district colleagues. She acts in advisory capacity on the UMEA Choral Board as a junior high representative. Ms. Killpack is an in-demand adjudicator and clinician at both junior high and high school vocal and choral festivals at the district, region and state levels. In the upcoming 2015-2016 year, she will conduct regional junior high school honor choirs in Wyoming and Utah. Ms. Killpack currently sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Cantorum ensembles.
An active member of ACDA, Ms. Killpack has successfully prepared multiple students for participation in ACDA honor ensembles at regional and national conventions. In the future, she would like to support more Utah choral directors in taking advantage of the direct benefits that conventions provide not only to them, but additionally to Utah choral students. Ms. Killpack is passionate about teaching young people to sing, and mentoring young choral directors how to teach; it is her hope that many more junior high choral educators and prospective choral directors at the collegiate level will enjoy and value participation in ACDA membership. She believes that establishing the new tradition of a state ACDA conference has been a wonderful step in doing this.