Camille Kingman Killpack,
Ms. Killpack is in 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. Kingman 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. Kingman 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. Kingman 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. Kingman 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. Kingman currently sings in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Cantorum ensembles.
An active member of ACDA, Ms. Kingman 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. Kingman 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.
Andrew Crane was named Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of the Brigham Young University Singers in 2015. Previous to this appointment, he served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, and six years in the same position at California State University, San Bernardino. He is also the former choral director at Provo High School.
Choirs under his direction have appeared by invitation at multiple conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education; and have won top prizes in international competitions. In 2015, he led the East Carolina University Chamber Singers to a first place finish in the 13th Maribor (Slovenia) International Choral Competition Gallus, the only American choir to win in the history of the contest.
Since coming to BYU, he has conducted the University Singers in joint concerts with the King’s Singers, and also prepared the choir for performances of Handel’s Messiah with conductor Nigel Short and the British vocal ensemble Tenebrae. In February 2017, BYU Singers will appear in an invited performance at the state convention of the Utah Music Educators Association. Additionally, Dr. Crane enjoys a career as a professional solo and ensemble tenor, having appeared with such groups as the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Yale Choral Artists, Vox Humana, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Master Chorale, Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, and others.
Dr. Crane is active as a conductor of honor choirs, clinician, guest lecturer, and accompanist. Additionally, he serves as editor of the Andrew Crane Choral Series through Walton Music; and as the College and University Repertoire and Resources chair for Utah ACDA. His degrees include the BM in Music Education and MM in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University.
S. Daniel Smith,
Jazz Choirs/Conference Director
High School Choirs
Leland G. Spindler,
Music in Worship
Mr Spindler has been working with religious ensembles for nearly 20 years. At a very young age, he began conducting his own congregation’s choir in Eugene, OR. Later, whilst living in southern France, Mr. Spindler began an interfaith choir that toured many of the great religious spaces in the region. Upon his return to the United States, he continued his tradition of bringing fine religious choral music to the populous of congregants from various denominations. In Utah, Mr. Spindler formed a community Easter choir which performed in the various chapels, the Provo Tabernacle, the BYU Madsen Recital Hall, and BYU De Jong Concert Hall. This Easter choir ultimately evolved into what is now the Lux Singers. Mr. Spindler has a great passion for the religious tradition of choral music and its role throughout history. He is a spitfire conductor who does not accept mediocrity from his choir members, and it shows in his performances.
Mr. Spindler has sung in the LCC Chamber Choir, Cascade Barbershop Chorus, Toulon Opera Chorus, as well as the BYU Men’s Chorus, BYU Concert Choir and BYU Singers of Brigham Young University. As a master’s student in choral conducting, he has conducted the BYU Chorale, BYU Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir and French Choir. As a conductor, he has studied under the hands of Dr. Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Dr. Jerold Ottley, Todd Zimmerman, and Dr. Richard Wagner.
In addition to his work in the choral arts, Mr Spindler is the owner and executive chef of Les Frères Gourmands Catering Group, an active French translator and interpreter, and a published arranger, composer, and writer.