Director of Vocal Music
Harwood Union Middle and High School
sweigand [@] wwsu.org
Stefanie Weigand is the director of vocal music at Harwood Union Middle and High School. Her students have been a part of regional, state, New England, and national ensembles, and have received high honors in various competitions. Stefanie received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. There, she appeared in many mainstage productions and worked as a music director/pianist on and off campus. In NYC, Stefanie toured nationally with a children’s theatre company and was also a member of the New York Choral Society, where she performed at Lincoln Center with the Met Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, and in Madison Square Garden for Andrea Bocelli’s Concert Tour. In Vermont, Stefanie has her own private voice studio, adjudicates and accompanies various music festivals, and continues to direct, musical direct and perform with the VT Philharmonic, Mad River Chorale, the Green Mountain Opera Festival, Stowe Theatre Guild, Café Noir productions, and Green Mountain Performing Arts.
Director of Choral Music
North Country Union High School
danielle.carrier [@] ncsuvt.org
Danielle Carrier is the director of choral music at North Country Union High School where she teaches AP Music Theory, Piano, and Chorus. She also conducts three extracurricular ensembles including Select Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and Women’s Ensemble. Her students have been accepted to festivals at the District, State, New England, and National levels. She received her BM in Music Education from Ithaca College. Danielle recently took over as head of North Country’s after-school drama program and will be directing the school musical next fall. She is the Co-Director of the Northeast Music Festival, has served as an adjudicator, and will be guest conducting her first festival this year. She is a member and frequent soloist of North Song, Newport’s adult choral ensemble, and has performed with Vermont Family Theatre, QNEK Productions, Stowe Theatre Guild, and Lamoille County Players.
12 Stone Drive Colchester, VT 05446
facm [@] aol.com
Frank Whitcomb taught in the Burlington Public Schools in Vermont for more than 10 years, teaching classes in AP Music Theory and Music Literature. He also conducted the Concert Chorus and the select 16 voice Madrigal Singers, and has also acted as rehearsal accompanist or orchestra conductor of the annual musical productions at Burlington High School. Prior to teaching at Burlington, Frank taught for 21 years at Colchester High School in Colchester, Vermont. Frank has been very active in music organizations over the years and was for many years the manager of the Champlain Valley District Choral Festival. He has managed the Vermont All State Music Festival Chorus and Orchestra and has managed the New England Music Festival Chorus for eight years. He has been active as an accompanist for many young musicians and presently acts as the long standing accompanist for the Colchester Community Chorus, as well as accompanist for the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus. Frank is assistant conductor of one of the region’s newest choral groups, the Solaris Vocal Ensemble.
see above: Past-President
Repertoire & Standards Chairs 2015-2016
Youth & Student Activities
Fair Haven High School
wilkineddie [@] gmail.com
Eddie Wilkin studied Music Education at Castleton State College. As a result of the opportunities he had with the ensembles under the supervision of Sherrill Blodget and Glenn Giles, he realized that he wanted to pursue choral conducting. After graduating with a Bachelors degree of Music in Music Education, he went on to pursue a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Rhode Island where he studied with Mark Conley, Ann Danis, Gene Pollart and Brian Cardany. He serves as Director of Choral Activities at Fair Haven Union High School, the Artistic Director and founder of The Slate Valley Singers, the Conductor for the Rutland City Band, and the Conductor for Lakes Region Youth Orchestra Concert Band.
Middle School / Jr. High School Choirs
Montpelier High School
cailino [@] mpsvt.org
Cailin O’Hara is the choral director at Montpelier Public High School and Middle School where she directs the High School Honor Choir, Concert Choir, and two Main Street Middle School Choirs. She also works as the Vocal Director for the high school musical productions and has served as an adjudicator for the Vermont All State Music Festival. Before moving to Vermont in 2012, Cailin taught at Brunswick Central Schools in Troy, NY and Cairo Elementary School in Cairo-Durham, NY, where she was awarded Rotary’s Teacher of the Year. Miss O’Hara received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and her master’s degree in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Cailin has performed with the Stowe Theatre Guild and is a freelance pedal harpist in her spare time.
High School Choirs
Mount Mansfield Union High School
Caleb Pillsbury is the choral director at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont where he conducts four choirs and advises on three student run a cappella ensembles. Caleb also teaches the guitar, piano and the AP Music Theory curriculums. After eleven years teaching Caleb has developed a choral program and music department regarded for its high amount of student participation and musical excellence. Under his direction the choirs perform regularly at Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as in exchange concerts and workshops in Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey. Maintaining a rigorous performance schedule, the choral program focuses students on the development of musicianship and vocal technique. Caleb holds an undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. While in Cardiff, Caleb served as the American dialect coach for the Welsh National Youth Opera 2013 production of Paul Bunyon by Benjamin Britten, which received the Royal Philharmonic Society Opera and Musical Theater Award. He also performed with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, and the London Symphony Chorus. In 2010 Caleb was named the University of Vermont Outstanding Educator of the Year for the Chittenden East Supervisory Union.
Show & Jazz Choirs
Billy Ray Poli
Burlington High School
bpoli [@] bsdvt.org
Billy Ray Poli is currently the Choral/Vocal director at Burlington High School. He conducts the Concert Chorus, and Senior Chorus. He is also the director of Vermont Voices, Burlington High School’s select auditioned group. Billy Ray moved to Vermont in summer of 2013 and began his teaching career at Chelsea Public School, where he taught K-12 Music for two years, and served as the Theater Director as well. In his second year of teaching he also took on being the Theater Director at the South Royalton School, and was named Musical Director for the Chandler Youth Summer Productions at the Chandler Music Hall located in Randolph, Vermont. Billy Ray graduated from the University of Rhode Island as a double major in both vocal performance and music education. During his time in Rhode Island he competed both at the state, and regional level, and preformed as a guest performer in many of Opera Providence’s productions. Since moving to Vermont he has focused on his teaching career and is looking forward to conducting two middle school festival choirs this year. He also has preformed in some regional choirs such as, Thetford Chamber Singers, Barn Arts Chorale and Bel Canto.
College and University Choirs
Dibden Center for the Arts, Room 219
Johnson State College
Bethany.Plissey [@] jsc.edu
Bethany Plissey directs the Johnson State College Chorale and Chamber Singers, in addition to teaching conducting, music history and choral music methods. She holds an M.M. degree in choral conducting and a bachelor’s degree in music – voice performance – from Indiana University. When she arrived at JSC in fall 2010, she had completed her doctoral coursework at the University of Miami and was finishing her dissertation on Scandinavian and Baltic Techniques in Choral Conducting – the final step in securing her doctorate in musical arts degree in choral conducting. Bethany taught choral music and choral conducting in several colleges and high schools across the country before signing on with Johnson State. She has served as music director in a range of settings, from church level to semi-professional chamber ensembles, and led choral groups of all ages. She’s also coached and directed musical theatre productions. Her list of choral and solo performance credits, from Maine to Florida, is extensive. A member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference and the International Federation of Choral Music, Bethany is nearly fluent in German and has received numerous awards and honors.
gloryreinstein [@] gmail.com
Glory Reinstein received her B.S. in Music Education from the University of Vermont and her Masters Degree in Music Education at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. She recently retired from a 38-year career in music education serving three Vermont high schools, most recently Essex High School. Glory has conducted church choirs and has been involved in community musical theater throughout her career. She has been an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout Vermont and Northern New York. Ms. Reinstein is a former President of the Vermont Chapter of American Choral Directors’ Association and the Vermont Music Educators’ Association. She received four awards during her career including Vermont Music Educator of the Year. Glory is the owner and Creative Liaison at Malletts Bay Music and was recently named Director of Licensing at Song and Film. She resides in Colchester with her husband, Richard.
Boys’ / Men’s Choirs
Mark Railey (on leave 2016-17)
Vermont Boy Choir
20 W Canal St., #425
Winooski VT 05404
mrailey [@] vermontboychoir.org
Mark Railey moved to Vermont with his native Vermonter wife, Kathryn and two sons, Nathan and Carl, in the fall of 2012. He is the Founder and Director of the Vermont Boychoir and plays organ or piano at his home church, the United Church of Colchester. Previously, he was the founder and director of the Palmetto State Boychoir (2008-2012) and the cofounder and assistant director of the Florence Men’s Choral Society (2007 – 2012), both in Florence, South Carolina. He has served as a music director/organist for over 25 years in various Christian denominations including the Episcopal Church USA, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Southern Baptist Denomination, as well as the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and one non-denominational church in Houston. Prior to that, he served as pianist/orchestra director at a college in Germany. He has participated in seven recording projects. His teaching experience includes Darlington Middle School (2006-2010), Lyell College (2003–2006), University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (2000–2003), Azusa Pacific University (1998 – 2000), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1998), and Graceland Christian Schools (1994 – 1997). Mark’s education includes a master’s degree and two honorary doctorates. He has studied at Ouachita Baptist University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Fuller Theological Seminary, and has pursued post-graduate studies at Cambridge and Oxford. He has served as a clinician/speaker at various ACDA events including the Alabama Young Voices Festival in 2012. His goals are to promote the male singing experience and to build the boychoir culture in the state of Vermont.
Music in Worship
29 Madison St.
Rutland, VT 05701
llmrmusic [@] vermontel.net
Lori Routhier has been an active musician in Vermont for many years now, having been involved in the music ministry of late at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Rutland, Vermont. Lori is a gifted choral director, music educator and spiritual director and has shared her very special talents with numerous students and adults over the years. Lori has an engaging style that puts everyone at ease, and her dedication to the music ministry is contagious. For several years Lori was the choral director at Mill River Union High School in North Clarendon, Vermont where she conducted the school choral program and taught other music courses. She was responsible for teaching many students there and imparting her love of the choral art to them. Additionally Lori has been involved in many events in the church over the years, and is consistently called upon for special events that require her expertise
Ethnic & Multicultural Perspectives
Fine Arts Center, Castleton State College
45 Alumni Drive Castleton, VT 05735
sherrill.blodget [@] castleton.edu
Sherrill Blodget is the Director of Choral Activities at Castleton State College where she directs the Collegiate Chorale and The Castleton Chamber Singers, and teaches voice, conducting, vocal pedagogy, music appreciation, and global music. Dr. Blodget has directed university, community, church, and high school choirs across the United States, working with a wide spectrum of abilities and ages. She is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, and serves as the Vermont representative on the National Board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). She actively pursues research on the music of viceroyal Mexico, and has presented her work at the 2006 and 2008 International Symposiums on Latin American Choral Music held at the University of Arizona. She will present on her edition of Los Maitines de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción (1768) by Ignacio de Jerusalem at the research forum of the 2010 Eastern Division ACDA. Blodget holds a DMA from the University of Arizona, MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon, and MM in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University. She was appointed to the Castleton faculty in 2008.
9 Gorham Lane
Middlebury, VT 05753
rehbach [@] middlebury.edu
Jeff Rehbach conducts the Vermont Choral Union, based in Essex/Burlington, and the 90-voice Middlebury College Community Chorus, a group open to singers without audition. He previously served as director of the Middlebury College Chamber Singers. A resident of Vermont since 1981, he has sung/played with the Vermont Symphony Chorus and Early Music Vermont. Since 1984, he has led the annual “Messiah Sing” each December in Middlebury. He helps lead worship at Memorial Baptist Church in Middlebury, and for 15 years conducted the Middlebury Congregational Church choir. In addition, he has served as music director for various productions of the Middlebury Community Players and the Middlebury College Musical Players. He holds a BA and MA in musicology from Cornell University, where he served as assistant conductor of the Sage Chapel Choir and the Cornell Chorus, and led the Collegium Musicum. Jeff retired from Library & Information Services at Middlebury College at the end of June 2010, having served for 29 years in positions ranging from Music Librarian to Policy Advisor to Area Director for Enterprise Systems & Applications.
Festivals / Conferences
Festival Coordinator – Children’s Honor Choir Festival (Grades 6-9)
Charlotte Central School
jcianciola [@] cssu.org
Jenny Cianciola received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Post Baccalaureate Music Education Certificate from the University of Vermont. She has been teaching music in Vermont schools for the past six years, and is currently the music teacher at the Sustainability Academy in the Burlington School District. She has taught piano, accompanied choirs and soloists on all variety of instruments, and music directed musical theater productions for high school and middle school, including the FlynnArts Summer Theater program in Burlington.
Festival Coordinator – Madrigal Festival (High School)
abushey [@] sbschools.net
Ms. Bushey holds degrees in Music Education from Duquesne University and the Eastman School of Music. She has been a choral music educator for 17 years, 16 of which have been in the state of Vermont and 13 of those serving the students and community of South Burlington where she is the Choral Educator for students in grades 7-12. Ms. Bushey has been an active adjudicator for the Vermont All-State Music Festival and the New England Music Festival. She served the American Choral Director’s Association for three years as the Eastern Division Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for High School Choirs. She is a long-time member of the Oriana Singers of Vermont and enjoys a few private students when she has the time.
Festival Coordinator – State Conference
Kristin Cimonetti, Jenny Cianciola
Gather at the River choral conference
rotating committee membership in collaboration with New Hampshire ACDA
Website, Facebook & Social Media
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Electing a President-Elect…
Every two years, Vermont elects a president-elect, who serves two years on the board in that capacity, then two as president, followed by two years as past (vice)-president. A nominating committee is charged with assembling the ballot every two years, but here are some basic guidelines in preparing statements for the ballot:
Personal statement (ca. 250-350 words is appropriate)
What should your state ACDA members know about you, in terms of your interest in the ACDA board? Our board works together, and the president is responsible largely for organization, for idea development, and any matters related to the national office. It is useful to share your ideas of what is important to you in choral music, what you appreciate about ACDA and what attracts you to a board position. You might include ideas that you would like to see happen with ACDA Vermont, or dream scenarios that you feel are in fact realistic for Vermont choral musicians.
Biography (150-250 words is sufficient)
This allows your colleagues to see a snapshot of your experience, and remind them of what you are doing presently.
A recent photo of professional nature is best; there are not specific guidelines and professional photography is not necessary but a clear, up close and relatively formal photo is best.