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Kirk Aamot, President, MT ACDA
Dr. Kirk Aamot is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where he conducts the University Chorale and Montanans while teaching choral methods and choral conducting. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Choral Activities at the University of Michigan-Flint, Conductor of the Flint Festival Youth Chorus, and Director of UM-Flint's Summer Academy of Music - a four-week program for Flint area middle school and high school students. Previously, he taught high school choir and middle school general music in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and served as director of adult and children's choirs at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colorado.
Aamot is a graduate of St. Olaf College, were he studied choral conducting with Anton Armstrong and Kenneth Jennings. He earned the Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Kathy Romey and Thomas Lancaster, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the Literature and Performance of Choral Music from the University of Colorado, Boulder while studying with Joan Conlon and Larry Kaptein. His voice teachers have included James McKeel, Clifton Ware and Patrick Mason.
Aamot's editions of choral music are published by Hal Leonard, Kjos Music, Santa Barbara and Alliance Music Press and his reviews of choral music performance and teaching philosophy have been published in state, regional and national publications of the American Choral Directors Association. Areas of research interest include the embellishment of Renaissance vocal music and the music of William Billings.
Aamot is Student Activities Chair of the Northwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association and a board member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He is also a member of the International Federation of Choral Musicians, the Music Educators National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Amy Logan is an active teacher, conductor and performer, Amy Logan is the full time choral director at Skyview High School where she conducts five choirs and two additional ensembles.
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Rhonda Burghardt earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1994 from the University of Montana and will complete her Master’s degree this summer through the same institution.
After graduation from the university, Ms Burghardt began working at Laurel Public Schools and has been there for the last 18 years. She teaches choir at the high school and general music to 3rd and 4th grade students at Graff Elementary. This includes four high school choirs and two extra-curricular ensembles, Laurelaires and Sound Addition. Beginning in 1998, Ms Burghardt and Barry Linn began the tradition of a fall musical, and since then, she has served as music and artistic director of fourteen musicals at LHS.
Ms Burghardt has directed honor choirs in Glendive, Stanford, Colstrip, Havre, Great Falls and Missoula. She has also been an adjudicator at District Music Festivals around Montana and Wyoming.
When she is not teaching Rhonda enjoys working with musical theater. She fills her time in the summer working at camps throughout the state and is on the staff at Red Lodge Music Camp and Missoula Children’s Theatre Performing Arts Camp.
Nancy Labbe is the director of choral groups at Big Sky High School. Her program includes two beginning choirs - Men's Choir and Chorale (beginning women's choir), Treble Choir (advanced women's choir), and Aesirian Choir (advanced mixed choir). In addition to those curricular choirs, the choral department offers two extra-curricular choral ensembles - Bel Canto (select treble ensemble) and Sky Blues (select mixed ensemble).
Scott Corey is in his 22th year as an employee of School District #2 in Billings, and his 27th year in education in Montana. Starting in 1995, he served as the Choral Director at Billings Senior High School, with twelve of those years as Chair of the Music Department. His choirs have toured to various locations around the United States, and have represented Montana at festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle.
A Montana native, Corey was born and raised on a farm-ranch operation near Choteau. He received his college education at Montana State University in Bozeman. He started his teaching career in 1990, and has spent his entire career in the state, at Simms, Colstrip and Billings. He has performed with the Intermountain Opera Company, the Bozeman Symphony Chorale, the Montana Chorale, and numerous local groups. He has been the director of the Big Sky Chorus, the Billings chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, for the past four years.
He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference/National Association for Music Education, the Montana Music Educators Association, and the Montana Choral Directors Association, of which he has served as treasurer for the past fourteen years. Corey is a board member of Arts Without Boundaries, a member of the Montana Arts Education Committee, as well as a member of the Alberta Bair Theater Education Advisory Committee. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Montana and northern Wyoming. He has been selected for “Who’s Who in American High School Teachers” on six occasions, and to “Who’s Who in America” three times.
In March, 2011, Corey was named as the Supervisor of Art and Music for the Billings Public Schools. He began that position full-time in August. He is married and has four children who all attend the Billings schools.