SFYCA: Faculty

  • Nov 19, 2010
Anton Armstrong (director) 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.
Blume.ColeCole Blume (associate director) teaches at Lake Oswego High School and Lake Oswego Junior High School. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where he studied voice and conducting with Anton Armstrong and sang in the St. Olaf Choir, serving as assistant to Armstrong during his senior year. From 2007-2010, Blume served as an assistant director with the Pacific Youth Choir, where he led Tsunami, a choral ensemble of high school male singers.  A Eugene native, Blume was a charter member of the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy in 1998.  He has sung with the festival ensemble at MusikFest Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling, and with Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson.
Therees Tkach Hibbard is a specialist in the approach called "BodySinging," enhancing choral performance through movement training, which she teaches at the SFYCA. She is a longtime member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and is assistant professor of choral music, conducting, and choral literature at the University of Nebraska. Previously she worked for 12 years as a choral conductor, singing tutor, and senior lecturer at several UK colleges and universities in the London area. Her work as a movement specialist in the training of choral singers and conductors has created unique opportunities for her to work with choirs and conductors from around the world.
Matthew Svoboda teaches theory and musicianship at the SFYCA and is active as a music teacher, conductor, and composer in Eugene, Oregon. He serves as Choir Conductor/Director of Operations for Oregon Festival Choirs and as Director of Music at Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene. He earned master's degrees in Choral Conducting (2003) and Composition (2004) from the University of Oregon.
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