Repertoire & Resources Chairs

Nathan Wubbena

Nathan Wubbena received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011 and his Master of Music in Music Education with a Conducting Specialization at Colorado State University in 2018. He has conducted ensembles and taught students of all levels – elementary through adults- on the Front Range and Western Slope of Colorado. Nathan has had extensive experience teaching choral, musical theater, and contemporary genres and is an accomplished performer in each. He is the Artistic Director of the Boulder Children’s Chorale and the Longmont Chorale. He is also the Board President and founder of Ascent Vocals. Mr. Wubbena has served as a guest clinician and conductor throughout the state of Colorado, directing the Colorado Springs District 11 Honor Choir, Poudre School District Honor Choir, Western Slope Fall Vocal Festival, Northeastern Colorado High School Honor Choir, Western State Colorado University Directors Choir, and Middle School All-State Directors Choir; he also adjudicates at ACDA festivals and Music in the Parks. He is Chair Emeritus of the Colorado Middle All-State Choir board, of which he was a founding board member.

In 2015, Nathan received the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award from the Colorado Music Educators Association, which honors outstanding achievement in an educator with up to 5 years of experience. He has been a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) since helping found a student chapter during his Bachelor’s degree and of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) since graduation. Nathan resides in Longmont with his wonderful family: his wife, Anna, his son, James, and his daughter, Claire. He enjoys cheering for the Broncos and spending time outdoors with his family and dogs. It is Nathan’s firm belief that music is for everyone; he works tirelessly to make that a reality for young and old alike and create an environment where music and collaboration can bring beauty and joy to both those who sing and those who listen. Nathan is excited to serve the choral community through SWACDA by providing resources, creating opportunities, and building connections among our members.

Rayvon Moore

A Southern California native, Rayvon T. J. Moore, is a conductor, educator, and baritone who has been lauded for his energetic yet sensitive conducting and his rich baritone voice. Moore serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Friends University and as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Wichita Chamber Chorale. At Friends, he conducts the internationally renowned Singing Quakers, in addition to teaching courses in conducting, choral methods, and applied voice. Under his leadership, the Singing Quakers have performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Workshop and have toured domestically and internationally to Spain and Portugal.

Moore recently became a national finalist for the American Prize Dale Warland Choral Conducting Award. In 2023, he was recognized by the Wichita Business Journal being listed as 40 UNDER 40, recognizing his work at Friends University, community involvement, and arts leadership. He has appeared as a guest conductor, music director, and chorus master with the Wichita Grand Opera, Forum Theatre, and Crown Arts Collaborative.

In 2015, Moore received the Graduate Equity Fellowship at California State University, Fullerton, and in 2016, he was the recipient of the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation’s Foncannon Choral Conducting Grant for his academic and conducting excellence. In April 2017, he was awarded the Elliot and Kathleen Alexander Memorial Scholarship from Pacific Chorale for excellence in choral conducting. He has participated as a conducting fellow in several workshops, including Chorus America’s Conducting Academy, the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s Conducting Fellowship program, the University of Michigan’s Choral Conducting Symposium, and others.

Being a versatile performer, he has sung back up for The Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, Andrea Bocelli, Kathleen Battle and Deborah Voigt. Moore can be heard on the album “John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection” recorded with Sony Classical. He has sung under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, John Williams, Jeffery Kahane, Carl St. Clair, James Conlon, Grant Gershon, Marvin Hamlisch and others. As a conductor/soloist, he has premiered works by composers such as Christopher Tin, Stacey V. Gibbs, Seth Houston and many more.

His conducting mentors include William Weinert, Robert Istad, Donald Brinegar, Brad Lubman, Joel Pressman, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Cristian Grases, Mark Scatterday, and Neil Varon. As a conducting fellow at several programs, Moore has worked with Ann HowardJones, John Alexander, Jerry Blackstone, David Hayes, and Daniel Bara, He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Fullerton, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music.

Moore specializes in topics on conducting gesture and musical interpretation. He has held faculty positions at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY; The Young Musicians Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; The Saturday Conservatory of Music, Pasadena; CA and Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. He has also served as Associate Conductor of the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and Chorale, Assistant Conductor for California State University Fullerton’s Opera, Concert Choir and Women’s Choir, as well as the Assistant Conductor of the Donald Brinegar Singers.

He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, National Collegiate Choral Organization, the National Association for Music Education, and is sought after as a guest conductor, clinician, speaker, and adjudicator.

Rayvon T. J. Moore is grateful to his grandparents, Rev. John A. and Sheila J. Moore and Shirley Kleinpeter, for their love and for being extraordinary role models. He is married to Brittany, a registered nurse, and they reside in Wichita, KS, with their fur babies Chester (mini poodle) and Winnie (cavapoo).

Andy Waggoner

Andy Waggoner was appointed Artistic Director of the St. Louis County Community Chorus in 2016. The chorus has an active membership of 200 singers from all over the St. Louis area. In addition, he serves as Director of Worship Arts at Webster Hills UMC in St. Louis, Missouri. He served Missouri ACDA as representative for Community Choirs and Music in Worship and currently serves in various capacities, mainly in welcoming new members and special events. Andy has prepared choruses and conducted residencies in London, Dublin, New York City, Washington DC, and festivals and tours throughout the Midwest. He has had the honor of working with many composers on commissions and premieres, most notably, two new works by Mark Hayes at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve SWACDA, an organization that has meant so much to him throughout his career.

Beth Enloe Fritz

Beth Enloe Fritz graduated in 1992 from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Under mentors Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Charles Robinson, she earned three degrees: BME (vocal and instrumental certification) and BAs in Music Therapy and Psychology. In 2005, she earned a MM in Jazz (emphasis: vocal jazz arranging) from Webster University. After teaching for 31 years, she is now retired, having taught every grade from K-12 in subjects including general music, guitar, other individual instruments, and band. In addition, for 25 years at the high school level, she taught students in AP Music Theory, choral music and vocal jazz. Under her direction, in 2008 and in 2019, the FZWHS Jazz & Madrigal Ensembles (J&M) were chosen to perform at the MMEA state conference, and the 2019 J&M was given the 43rd Annual Student DownBeat Award (2020) for HS Outstanding Performance, and for Outstanding Lead Soloist. As an active member of MMEA and MCDA, Beth has led many sessions, served as the MCDA Multicultural Resource and Repertoire Chair (R&R), High School R&R, Jazz R&R multiple years, and coordinated the MO All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble for 9 years. She now works as a clinician, adjudicator, and substitute teacher for all grades. She is the assistant director for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s IN UNISON Chorus.

Spener Wiley

After graduating from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Spencer Wiley began his teaching career at Henry Middle School in Cedar Park, Texas, in 2005. During his time at Henry MS, he was fortunate enough to assist with preparing the Varsity Treble Choir for their TMEA-invited choir performance in February 2008. In the fall of 2008, he began working towards a Master’s Degree in Music Education at Texas State University-San Marcos. While attending graduate school, he remained active in several Austin area choral programs, teaching private voice lessons to young men and women and serving as a choral clinician. In the fall of 2010, Mr. Wiley was hired as the assistant choir director at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas, and over three years at Rouse HS, choirs under his direction earned multiple first-division ratings at numerous choral festivals and U.I.L. Concert & Sight-Reading competitions. Mr. Wiley became the head director at Leander High School in the spring of 2014.

During his time at LHS, his choirs continued to receive consistent sweepstakes awards at UIL contests and choral festivals. He also piloted Leander High School’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) music program, AP Music Theory course, and show choir ensemble. Mr. Wiley has been the head choir director at Harker Heights High School in Killeen ISD for five years. With a focus on singing a variety of styles of choral music, choirs under his direction have received recognition not only at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading contests but also at contemporary a cappella contests such as the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) and Aca-Tex Vocal Festival. The varsity mixed choir from Harker Heights HS was also selected as an invited ensemble to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in 2024. He has served as a TMEA invited clinician for regions 9, 10, 12, 19, 26, and 32 and is a frequent adjudicator for UIL Concert & Sight-Reading contests around Texas.

Cristi Miller

Cristi Miller is internationally regarded as a master teacher, conductor, composer, and arranger. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, she has spent over 40+ years in education, teaching levels from K-12. Through her teaching, she has received numerous awards and honors in education, ranging from District Teacher of the Year to Oklahoma Music Educators Association Excellent Educator and the OkMEA Music Educators Hall of Fame.

Miller’s conducting has led her across the nation to direct elementary, middle, and high school honor choirs at the district and All-State levels. As a clinician, she focuses on many areas, including elementary classroom resources to secondary chorals and techniques. As an active composer, her compositions range from elementary resources and musicals to choral octavos. In addition, she has been a contributing writer for a national music magazine entitled Music Express! as well as for the Macmillan McGraw-Hill music textbook series, Spotlight on Music, the highly acclaimed secondary textbook series, Voices in Concert, and recently as a writer/consultant for the Hal Leonard Essential Elements Music Class digital curriculum and resource.

In 2010, Miller became a part of the prestigious Fine Arts Staff at Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City where she currently teaches middle school music. She and her husband, Rick, live in the Oklahoma City area.

Reginal Wright

Reginal Wright has served over 20 years as a public school teacher. Reginal has earned many awards as an educator, including Outstanding Teacher, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the Secondary Educator of the Year Award. Reginal has performed music throughout Europe and the United States. As a conductor, he is sought after as a clinician in middle and high school and has enjoyed the opportunity to conduct honor choirs throughout the United States. As a composer, Reginal’s works have been commissioned by middle school, high school, college, and professional choirs. His works have been performed by All-State Choirs and invited convention choirs. His “Invictus” was performed in the 2021 ACDA National Convention and by the 2022 Texas All-State Tenor-Bass Choir. His “Where are the Bodies” was performed at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with Dallas-based Turtle Creek Chorale. Reginal’s works are published and distributed through BriLee, Carl Fisher, Graphite, Hal Leonard, Oxford University Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and his own publishing company, Reginal Wright Music. Reginal received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Education Degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Most recently, he was the head choral director at Mansfield High School and is currently on the choral music faculty at Baylor University. His choirs consistently earn sweepstakes in concert and sight-reading contests. Choirs under his direction also earn “Outstanding in Class” awards at State and National Music Festivals. The Mansfield High School Varsity Treble Choir was featured as an invited choir for the SW-ACDA Convention in 2012 and 2022 and for the ACDA National Convention in 2023. In 2018, the Mansfield High School Varsity Tenor-Bass Choir was honored as a Texas Music Educators Association Invited Choir. Reginal resides in Arlington, Texas with his wife, Renetta, son, Gabrien, daughter, Reece, and Yorkie, Cooper.

Bryan Taylor

Bryan Taylor is the Director of Traditional Music and Worship Arts at the Liberty United Methodist Church, celebrating his 28th year there. He has just completed his 32nd season as a singer in the Grammy-Award-winning Kansas City Chorale. Bryan is the Founder and Director of the Liberty Community Chorus, now in its 21st season, and taught choral music at Kearney High School from 1985-to 2000.

Bryan earned his undergraduate degree in music education from William Jewell College and his Master’s degree in choral conducting from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Bryan has served the Missouri Choral Directors Association and the Southwest American Choral Directors Association as the Music and Worship Repertoire and Resource Coordinator.

Tanner Oglesby

Tanner Oglesby is the Director of Choirs for the Bryant School District, where he leads the secondary choral department, teaches high school choir, and collaborates with administrators to advance fine arts in the district. Under Tanner’s direction, students have achieved high ranks in state and national-level honor choirs, and his ensembles have received several “Best in Class” distinctions at the Arkansas State Choral Festival. Bryant choirs have performed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City (2022) and Cadogan Hall in London (2023). In 2025, Bryant choirs will embark on a European choir tour where they will perform in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France.

Tanner holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Henderson State University, a Master of Science in Education from Arkansas State University, and a Master of Music from Western Illinois University. His professional accolades include Bryant High School Teacher of the Year (2020), Bryant School District Teacher of the Year (2020), Quarterfinalist for GRAMMY® Music Educator of the Year (2023), Region 3 Choral Director of the Year (2022), and nominee for Arkansas Fine Arts Teacher of the Year (2024). In addition to being an active clinician and adjudicator in Arkansas, Tanner has served on the boards for Arkansas ACDA, Arkansas Music Educators Association, and the Arkansas Choral Directors Association.

Eduardo Garacia-Novelli

Eduardo García-Novelli, born in Argentina, served as Choir Director at Belgrano Day School in Buenos Aires and Assistant Conductor at National Youth Choir.  Former Assistant Director of Houston Symphony Chorus and Director of Symphony of Southeast Texas Chorus, he received the Faculty Merit Award for distinguished teaching as Director of Choral Activities at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. Two undergraduate degrees from State Conservatories, Argentina. MM: Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. DMA: University of Houston. His choirs performed for TMEA, WMEA, KMEA, WCDA, NCCO National Conference, the International Choral Festival in Panama City, Panama, and on several National, European, and South American tours. 

He had his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2011, returning in 2015 and 2017. In 2016, he was in residence at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia, lecturing and conducting the award-winning AVE Chamber Choir. Other international engagements include conducting Mozart at the historical Peterskirche in Vienna for the MidAm Festival, being in residence with the Coro Nacional de Jóvenes of Argentina, serving as clinician for Madryn Canta Festival in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina, guest-conducting Tous Ensemble in La Plata, Argentina, and serving as lecturer for the school of music at Banská Bystrica in Slovakia. He lectured and conducted at the Tamara Brooks summer course in Galicia, Spain, and was a presenter for the World Choral Expo in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022. Dr. Garcia-Novelli led Carthage Choir to win First Prize at the prestigious Spittal International Choir Competition in Spittal, Austria, in July 2019. In July of 2023, he led The University of Kansas Chamber Choir to win First Prize at the Preveza International Competition in Greece, where he also received the best program award and the best conductor award. He served on the jury panel for the Voce Magna International Choir Competition in Zilina, Slovakia.

Dr. Garcia-Novelli previously served on the boards of WCDA, NCACDA and as a national officer for NCCO.

Jennifer Sengin

Jennifer Sengin serves on the choral faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she leads the graduate choral conducting program and conducts the flagship ensemble, Conservatory Singers, and the Choral Union. In addition to ensembles, Dr. Sengin teaches graduate choral conducting and choral literature. She has mentored multiple graduate students who have been successfully placed in professional positions, admitted to graduate programs, accepted to invited conference presentations, and selected to participate in conducting master classes. She most recently served as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Georgia State University (GSU). Under her direction, the GSU Treble Choir won first place in The American Prize, and Dr. Sengin received 2nd place in conducting. The Treble Choir has been invited to perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference (2023) and twice at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference (2020 and 2023).

An active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter, Dr. Sengin has conducted honor choirs throughout the country and recently conducted the 2024 South Carolina American Choral Director’s Association TTB Honor Choir, 2023 Texas All-State Treble Choir, and additional regional honor choirs. Future engagements include guest conducting along with Dr. Sandra Snow in Carnegie Hall with National Concerts. She recently participated as a Conducting Fellow with ACDA’s International Conductor Exchange Program to Germany where she led workshops at the Hochshule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover as well as the Hochshule für Musik, Universität der Künste Berlin. Dr. Sengin currently serves on the National Board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and sings in the award-winning professional ensemble, mirabai. Dr. Sengin holds degrees from The College of New Jersey (BM Music Education), Ithaca College (MM Choral Conducting), and Michigan State University (DMA Choral Conducting).

Leia Browning

Leia Browning has a BME from the University of North Texas. She also attended Louisiana State University, where she studied musical theatre. Browning has been teaching high school choir for eighteen years. She spent seven years at South Garland High School and is in her eleventh year at Rockwall High School.

Michael Shimp

Michael Shimp received his Bachelor of Vocal Performance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2003, where he began his operatic studies in the Tulsa Opera Young Artist Program and Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Michael currently teaches at Jenks High School in Jenks, OK. Mr. Shimp also taught Choral Music in Owasso from 2007 to 2018.

Shimp is in his 17th year of teaching and is well known for his work in teaching and directing young singers to achieve excellence and in organizing regional and state competitions such as Northeast Quad All-State Chair for OkMEA, OkCDA Vocal Jazz All-State Chair and Co-Chair, Oklahoma Children’s All-State Choir for which he will serve as state co-chair in Oklahoma Circle the State with Song for which he served as state co-chair, Region R Coordinator, and Guest Clinician from 2015-2024. He also served as Guest Clinician in November 2015 for both the ECOCDA Regional Treble Choir and the Western Oklahoma Junior High Honor Choir. Michael has served on the Choral Staff of the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music from April 2011. Mr. Shimp’s choirs have been selected as Honor Group for the Oklahoma Music Educators Convention in January of 2014 & his Advanced Men’s Choir in 2022.  Shimp was also the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year for the Owasso 6th Grade Center. Shimp’s professional memberships include NAfME, OkMEA, ACDA, and OCDA. Mr. Shimp is the Quad Chair for Oklahoma Music Educators Northeast All-State region.

Tatiana Taylor

Northwest Arkansas native, Dr. Tatiana Taylor is a conductor, music educator, pianist, and soprano. She serves as the Director of Choirs and Vocal Music at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. At NEO she directs the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, teaches courses in sight singing and ear training, music appreciation and applied voice.

In 2020-2021 Dr. Taylor was awarded the Dobson Excellence in Teaching Award from NEO A&M College as well as the Excellence in Education Award from the Miami Chamber of Commerce. She was also recognized for her service to the college in 2018-2019 by being awarded the Dobson Distinguished Service Award.

Taylor is passionate about making choral music accessible to people from all walks of life, creating unique collaborative projects, and sharing her love of world music with her choirs as well as the community.

Dr. Taylor holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in sacred music, music education and vocal pedagogy. Previous degrees include a Master in Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Rhodes College.

R&R COMMITTEE PURPOSE AND FUNCTION

The Repertoire and Resources (R&R) areas provide support, vision, and
resources for every major area of choral work. R & R chairs and
Coordinators are positioned to provide vital content through the following:

  • Literature recommendations
  • Resource presentation
  • Conference-related curated events
  • Year-long programming of professional development opportunities
  • Collaboration between R & R leadership at the state, region and
  • national levels
  • Member support and encouragement
  • Direct impact on membership

Repertoire and Resources Committee Coordinators and Chairs serve as
conductors, teachers, composers, and constituencies who share similar
interests. R & R Leaders possess demonstrated expertise in a specific
choral area and serve as leaders in the three primary efforts:
Collaboration

  • Communication
  • Commitment

It is our mission to form partnerships between R&R committees and the
ACDA national, regional, and state leaders through education, cooperation,
communication, and dedication in our unending quest for excellence in the
American Choral Directors Association.


Gretchen Harrison
National Repertoire and Resources Committee Chair
Revised 2023

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