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PO Box 990
Ocoee, FL 34761

Phone: (321) 209-0097

email: info@americasings.org

America Sings! is excited to welcome these highley esteemed guest clinicians at various festivals.  Each festival will welcome a wonderful selection of these friends!

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Roger Emerson


Roger Emerson is a professional composer and arranger with over 900 choral titles in print and over 30 million copies in circulation.  He is the most widely performed composer/arranger of popular choral music in the world today.  His works include the choral arrangements of Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up, Season's of Love, from RENT, Defying Gravity from WICKED, Joyful, Joyful from SISTER ACT, Don't Stop Believin' from GLEE, as well as best selling choral arrangements, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, O Sifuni Mungu and Riversong. Mr. Emerson has been the recipient of ASCAP's Standard Award for 20 years running and his works have been performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.  He is in constant demand as a lecturer on pop music and the changing voice and has appeared at numerous MENC and ACDA conferences. For a complete listing and audio excerpts of Roger Emerson choral publications, click on the link below. 


Hal Leonard Corporation Website

Visit Roger's website:

www.rogeremerson.com





Mac Huff


Mac Huff is entering his third decade as one of the leading arrangers and composers in the music industry.  His academic background includes degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin, as well as summer study at the Aspen Music Festival and doctoral work at the University of Southern California.  Mac is also an accomplished pianist, musical director, performer, teacher and clinician. Over the years he has composed, arranged and musical directed award winning shows for ABC-TV, NBC-TV, The Walt Disney Co., Hallmark, Inc., Colleco, Inc., Canon, Dow Inc., the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Six Flags Show Productions, Union Station Main Stage Shows (Indianapolis), JB Robin Co. (Los Angeles), Howard Lanin Productions (New York) and TMJ Productions (Las Vegas) among others. In addition, he is in demand as a lecturer and as a guest artist for various music festivals and workshops throughout the world. 


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Greg Gilpin


Originally from the “Show-Me” state of Missouri, Greg resides in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education, K-12.


Greg is a well-known, ASCAP award-winning choral composer and arranger with hundreds of publications to his credit. He is also in demand as a conductor for choral festivals, all-district and all-state choirs and is a member of MENC and ACDA. As Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, Inc., Greg oversees creation of the educational music products for this distinguished publisher.


At home in Indianapolis, Greg is busy as a studio musician and producer in the recording industry. These projects include commercial jingles, CD projects, Broadway and Disney. He has worked musically with Ray Boltz, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Sandi Patty, David Clydesdale as well as principal pops conductor, Jack Everly and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.



Visit Greg's Website:

www.greggilpin.com

Kirby Shaw


Kirby has made a major impact in choral music education and has shared his musical expertise in 45 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Germany.

Kirby has degrees in Music Education and Choral Composition from San Jose State University and a DMA degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. Dr. 


Kirby taught in the Mt. Shasta public schools before joining the faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded and directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also pioneered similar groups at the University of Washington, Colorado State University, The University of Missouri - Kansas City and is now directing the Jefferson State Choral Coalition at Southern Oregon University.

A composer/arranger with nearly 3000 choral compositions/arrangements in print, Kirby's music is sung around the world and has sold over 20 million copies. He has many commissioned pieces to his credit, including The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This creative and prolific output has resulted in numerous ASCAP awards. 


Visit Kirby's Website:

www.kirbyshaw.com

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Vox Audio


After winning first place in the National Harmony Sweepstakes and being named “Best Pop Group in America” by Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star, the group spent some time as top-ranked guest entertainers on Royal Caribbean cruise ships.


In 2004, Vox Audio opened to rave reviews Off-Broadway. The Village Voice called them “A Sensation” and Time Out New York said, “Don’t Miss it!” The off-Broadway production also won the prestigious Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience”. Soon the Vox Audio garnered national attention with appearances on ABC-TV, FOX, and ESPN 2′s “Cold Pizza”. Their album, “Chemistry” was named “Acappella Album of the Year” by the Contemporary Acappella Society of America and was featured on radio stations across the country, including Sirius Satellite Radio. 


In the years following, Vox Audio performed for sell-out crowds at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and toured internationally throughout parts of Asia, South America, and Europe. Wherever they go, Vox Audio continues to delight audiences world-wide by exploring the boundaries of the human voice. 


Visit Vox Audio's website for more information


www.voxaudio.com


Dirk Donahue


Dirk comes to us with a wealth of knowledge as a vocal specialist and performer. Since 1995 Dirk has been a member and vocal captain of the world renowned Voices of Liberty at EPCOT at Walt Disney World as well as serving as rehearsal director for the Walt Disney Cast Choir since 2000, working with this all volunteer choir which performs in the EPCOT Candlelight Processional and Massed Choir Ceremony.

 

Currently, Dirk can be seen performing with the Dapper Dans of Main Street Barbershop Quartet performing daily at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park as well as serving as Performing Arts Director at Johnson University Florida in Kissimmee, Florida.

 

Dirk’s experience working with those who love to sing, either professionally or with Middle/High School students, is renowned. Dirk is a Vocal Judge for the Florida Vocal Association, and a Choral Clinician. He has successfully combined his vast experience as an educator, teacher and creative musician to the highest level. He has degrees from Seminole State College as well as The University of Central Florida.

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