In addition to its own artistic leadership, ElysianVoices is fortunate to receive expert guidance and suggestions from its advisory board of talented choral conductors:
Dr. Paul Rardin, director of choral activities at Temple University, where he conducts the Concert Choir, teaches graduate conducting, and oversees the six-choir program at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. He previously taught at the University of Michigan and Towson University, where his choirs appeared with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Under his direction the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club performed at the 2010 American Choral Directors Central Division Convention. His arrangements of spirituals and folk songs are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his articles, many on the topic of contemporary music, have appeared in the ACDA publications Choral Journal, Troubadour, Resound, and Bel Canto. Rardin is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the country.
Dr. Lisa Fredenburgh, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Aurora University.
Dr. John Jost, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the Slane College of Music at Bradley University also serves as director of the Ecole Sainte Trinité summer music program for Haitian youth in Léogâne, Haiti. He has held both principal viola and principal second violin positions with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and has served as president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He is co-founder and co-director of the Peoria Bach Festival which presents vocal and instrumental works of Bach each year during the first week of June. Dr. Jost’s duties at Bradley include directing the Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Community Chorus, and teaching private voice and conducting. He has performed with the Chorale for Illinois Music Educators Association Conferences and for state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. He received Bradley’s First Year Teacher Award in 1990, the Charles Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, a service award from the Haitian Ministry of Culture in 2004, and the Bradley Parents Association Award of Excellence in 2005.
Dr. Peter Dennee, Associate Professor of Music, Carthage College where he conducts the Carthage Women’s Ensemble and teaches course in conducting and music education. Prior to his appointment at Carthage, Prof. Dennee held positions as assistant professor of music at West Virginia University and Susquehanna University, and visiting assistant professorships at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Michigan. He has taught music at the elementary and secondary levels in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Tempe, Ariz. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral music from Arizona State University, a Master of Music in music education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Carthage (1986).