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Judges for the 2020 Lone Star Show Choir Invitational
Jen Randall, now in her 17th year as a choir director, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in Music Education. During her time at UNL, Mrs. Randall was SAI Kappa Chapter President, a member of University Singers and helped start Big Red Singers Show Choir in her senior year. After 2 years at the start of her career in Nebraska, Jen spent 11 years teaching in Texas where she started four show choirs; including Central High School's "Voices of Central." “VOC” competed nationally starting in 2007 and placed at various events including Omaha Competition of Excellence and Wheaton Warrenville-South Classic.
They were ranked 13that Fame Nationals in Chicago, April 2013.In 2016,Randall moved her family to Mitchell, South Dakota to take over Friend de Coup Show Choir and the Kernel Choirs of Mitchell High School. The group is a perineal favorite at competitions, with their signature fun and vibrance, and they have enjoyed competing around the country as the only show choir at Mitchell High School.
Jen has also been music director for 15 musicals and her concert choirs have garnered regional and state honors in Texas and South Dakota, during her teaching tenure. 2019 saw a move back to Texas to be near family and have the opportunity to work more on Show Choir Consults, her company with which she tours the country doing clinic and consulting work for show choirs, directors, and performance festivals in Texas
John Burlace is a 2002 graduate of Millikin University, where he earned his
Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Music Education and a 2009 graduate of
Northern Illinois University, where he earned a Masters Degree in Educational
Administration. An active arranger, adjudicator, guest conductor, and
accompanist having worked with ensembles across the country,
Mr. Burlace is currently based outside of Chicago where he resides with his wife Ana and their three dogs. Prior to his freelance career, John spent 15 years in public education.
Most recently, he served the performing arts department of Carmel High School
(IN) where he directed “The Ambassadors” and assisted with “The Accents”
along with producing/directing the school musical and teaching other vocal
music courses. For the 12 years prior to his tenure in Carmel, he was on faculty at
both Wheaton Warrenville South High School and Edison Middle School
(Wheaton, IL), where he was director of “The Classics”, “Esprit”, and “Electric
Youth” show choirs among other performing ensembles.
His competitive ensembles were consistently recognized for excellence in vocal production, choreography, instrumental performance, and show design. John also proudly serves on staff for Showchoir Camps of America.
Tyler R. Gruttemeyer received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the spring of 2013. He is currently in his sixth year as the Director of Vocal Music at South High Magnet School in Omaha, Nebraska. At South he directs the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Radiance and The Ambassadors Show Choirs, private voice class, and serves as the Music Director of the South Summer Musical productions (In the Heights – 2017, Once on this Island – 2018, and Westside Story – 2019). In his spare time he directs the Faith Singers High School Chorus at Countryside Community Church.
Doran Johnson is in his 32nd year of teaching choral music. For the past 22 years, he has been the choral director at Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska where he also serves as Chair of the Performing Arts Department.
Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has served as Chair of Choral Affairs for the Nebraska Music Educators Association and currently serves as District Music Coordinator for District 2 of the NSAA. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Schrager Foundation.
The Nebraska Music Educators Association honored him as its Educator of the Year in 2012. He also received the Lundquist Award for Excellence in Teaching, a student-driven award, in 2016. Each summer he is a part of the staff of the Nebraska Show Choir Camp and has served as an assistant conductor for the Midwest Honor Choir trips to Europe. He has also guest conducted the inaugural All Iowa Show Choir and the Missouri All-State Show Choir.
Steph Hyatt is a freelance choreographer currently based out of Iowa City, IA. She is originally from Ankeny, IA, and attended the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, where she studied vocal performance and dance.
Steph has many years of training in a wide range of dance styles. She has most recently studied at Broadway Dance Center in New York.
Steph has been a clinician and counselor at many summer camps, including the University of Nebraska Show Choir Camp and Show Choir Camps of America, and works with over 20 competitive show choirs across the country.
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Friday, February 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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