Idaho ACDA Officers

Steve Dresen, President

Steve Dresen, director of vocal music at Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

 

Steve Dresen is in his twenty fourth year of teaching in public schools and at the collegiate level.  He received degrees from, Ricks College, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University.

 

An active member of ACDA, MENC, and IFCM, he has served as organizing chair for numerous festivals and clinics and has served as an adjudicator and clinician himself.  Steve’s choirs have been invited to perform for state and regional conferences for MENC and ACDA and consistently receive superior ratings at choral festivals.  He has had multiple listings in “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers.”  Currently, he is the choir director at Bonneville H.S. in Idaho Falls where he also serves as Fine Arts Chair and chairs the committee for Professional Learning Communities.

 

In addition to his work at the high school he has just finished two years on the National Choral Board for NAfME, currently serves as the Idaho High School R&S Chair for ACDA, and is an adjunct vocal teacher at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg where he resides with his wife and six children.

 

Scott Anderson, President-Elect

 

Dr. Scott Eric Anderson conducts the ISU Chamber & Concert Choirs, the Camerata Singers, and teaches Choral Conducting, Choral Methods, and voice. Dr. Anderson has received Idaho State University's "Master Teacher" and "Outstanding Public Service" awards on three occasions. He has studied conducting with such eminent teachers as Eph Ehly, Joseph Flummerfelt, Allen Crowell, Frauke Hassemann, Wilhelm Ehmann, Robert Shaw, and many others.

 

Choirs under Dr. Anderson¹s direction have traveled throughout the United State, Europe, and South America. As Director of Choral Activities at Idaho State University, Anderson has led the Idaho State University Chamber Choir or Camerata Singers on performance tours of Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Peru, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

 

Idaho State University choral ensembles have performed under Anderson's direction at state, regional and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Dr. Anderson serves as the Artistic Director of the Idaho International Choral Festival where choral groups from around the world join together in Pocatello, Idaho for a week of choral performances, conducting master classes and artistic and cultural exchange.

 

He has served the American Choral Directors Association in state, divisional, and national offices, and has been featured as guest conductor, lecturer and teacher throughout the United States and abroad.

 

 

 

 

Michael Murphy, Vice-President

 

Michael Murphy is director of choral activities and associate professor of music at the University of Idaho where he conducts choral ensembles, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, choral techniques, and administers the masters in choral conducting program. Recently, Michael was recognized with the University of Idaho Mid-Career Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and engagement. He is the founder of the annual Idaho Bach Festival.

 

Dr. Murphy serves as an active adjudicator and clinician for workshops, festivals, honor choirs, and clinics and his international conducting experiences include Austria, China, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Germany. In 2016, Michael was awarded the Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship and served as Visiting Scholar to Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, and Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies.  Murphy has been published several times in Choral Journal and is a contributing author to volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir scheduled to be published by GIA in 2017.

 

As an active member, he has held several state and national leadership positions in ACDA, NAfME, NCCO, and other professional organizations. As a passionate champion of music for all, Michael has had experience teaching all ages and levels and several auditioned and non-auditioned community and church choirs. Murphy received his degrees in Conducting and Choral Music Education from Florida State University and East Carolina University. Michael resides in Moscow, Idaho with his wife, Claire, and two sons, William and Colin.

 

 

Joyce Brien, Treasurer

 

Joyce Brien is the director of CHS Choirs and is an active member of both ACDA and NAfME. She graduated from Aberdeen High School in 2003 and from Idaho State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Education. She studied voice with Dr. Diana Livingston-Friedley. She has sung under the direction of Professor Kathleen Lane in the ISU Women’s Choir and Dr. Scott Anderson in the ISU Concert Choir and Chamber Choir. Ms. Brien has also played trombone in the Idaho State University Civic Symphony with Dr. Thom Ritter George and Dr. Chung Park directing.

 

Joyce's performing experience includes the role of Betty Haynes in “White Christmas”, Queen of the Night in “A Mini Magic Flute”, Granny in “Oklahoma”, and Madame Ernestine von Liebedich in “Little Mary Sunshine”.

 

Her directing experience includes music director for the Aberdeen Arts Council production of “Bye Bye Birdie” in 2009, the Idaho Reperatory Theater production of “Mulan” in 2011, and the CHS musicals since 2010, including “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “Back to the 80’s”, “She Loves Me” and “Little Women”. She is looking forward to directing the music for “Shrek: The Musical” in 2014.

 

Joyce has taught private voice lessons since 2006 and has had several students perform at the state level solo festival. She has taught choir at CHS since 2009, musical theatre class since 2012 and continues to enjoy working with voice students in lessons, choral rehearsal, musical productions, and any other vocal arenas. Her hope is that students can learn to appreciate their true self through their growth in singing and music.

 

Corrina Steinbach, Secretary

 

Corrina Steinbach is the director of choirs at Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho. She began her teaching career in 2006. Prior to Kuna High she taught for four years at Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell, Idaho. For the past three-and-a-half years she has taught half-time, job sharing with Brandi Cook at Kuna.

 

Prior to teaching, Corrina received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance at the College of Idaho, where she had the opportunity study vocal jazz and classical with Dr. Marianne Saunders. After she graduated with her undergrad degree she went back to school to complete her degree in music education at the College of Idaho.

 

She is a mom of two children and loves to perform vocal jazz music every chance she gets. She has had the opportunity to perform on the Carnegie Hall Stage in New York, the Top of the Hoff in Boise, and her most recent performances have been at Chandler’s Restaurant in Boise, Idaho. She is a member of both ACDA and NAfME. She looks forward to taking on a more active role in the Idaho chapter of ACDA and is always looking for new ways to become a better music educator.

 

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Scott Anderson, President-Elect

 

Dr. Scott Eric Anderson conducts the ISU Chamber & Concert Choirs, the Camerata Singers, and teaches Choral Conducting, Choral Methods, and voice. Dr. Anderson has received Idaho State University's "Master Teacher" and "Outstanding Public Service" awards on three occasions. He has studied conducting with such eminent teachers as Eph Ehly, Joseph Flummerfelt, Allen Crowell, Frauke Hassemann, Wilhelm Ehmann, Robert Shaw, and many others.

 

Choirs under Dr. Anderson¹s direction have traveled throughout the United State, Europe, and South America. As Director of Choral Activities at Idaho State University, Anderson has led the Idaho State University Chamber Choir or Camerata Singers on performance tours of Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Peru, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

 

Idaho State University choral ensembles have performed under Anderson's direction at state, regional and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Dr. Anderson serves as the Artistic Director of the Idaho International Choral Festival where choral groups from around the world join together in Pocatello, Idaho for a week of choral performances, conducting master classes and artistic and cultural exchange.

 

He has served the American Choral Directors Association in state, divisional, and national offices, and has been featured as guest conductor, lecturer and teacher throughout the United States and abroad.