Director, Master Class in Conducting
Sharon J. Paul
Director, Choral Teachers Workshop
Kathy Saltzman Romey
Chorus Master, Berwick Chorus of the OBF
Anton Armstrong (Director, SFYCA) has been the conductor of the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy since its founding in 1998. He is a professor of Music at St. Olaf College and conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, a position he assumed in 1990. Dr. Armstrong is widely recognized for his work in the area of youth and children’s choral music. He served for more than 20 years on the summer faculty of the American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey. In 2006, he was honored with Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, and in 2013, received the OBF's Saltzman Award.
The SFYCA artistic director position is endowed by Donald and Willie Tykeson.
Edward Maclary (Director, Master Class in Conducting) Edward Maclary became the director of choral activities at the University of Maryland in 2000. He has prepared UMD choirs for Helmuth Rilling for performances of the St. Matthew Passion, Die Schöpfung, and Elijah. Maclary has also served as chorus master for conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach and Iván Fischer. Most recently, the UMD Chamber Singers were invited to perform at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea. Edward Maclary received his doctoral degree in conducting with honors from Indiana University and his graduate degree in musicology from Boston University.
Sharon J. Paul (Director, Choral Teachers Workshop) is chair of vocal and choral studies and director of choral activities at the University of Oregon, where she teaches graduate courses in choral conducting, repertoire, and pedagogy, and conducts the UO Chamber Choir and University Singers. She appears frequently as adjudicator, clinician, and honor choir director throughout the country. In May, the UO Chamber Choir, under her direction, placed first in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at Ireland’s Cork International Choral Festival, renowned as one of Europe’s most prestigious choral arts events.
Kathy Saltzman Romey (Chorus Master) is director of graduate choral activities at the University of Minnesota, where she oversees the graduate conducting program and directs choirs. She is also artistic director of the 200-voice Minnesota Chorale, the resident chorus of the Minnesota Orchestra. She regularly serves as chorus master for the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and has prepared programs with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Berkshire Choral Festival, Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, and the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus.
The OBF chorus master position is endowed by Charlotte Oien.