LSYC STAFF

Jenna Kelly

Executive Director

jkelly@lsyouthchorus.org

Mrs. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and she is completing a Master’s in the Science of Teaching from the College of St. Scholastica.

 

Mrs. Kelly is a licensed elementary educator and is also a member of the Prelude teaching staff for the 2018-2019 season. Prior to LSYC, Mrs. Kelly worked as a teacher and administrator at Holy Rosary School, and she has experience with a number of non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Kelly also maintains a professional career as a vocalist and actress, appearing on stages throughout the Midwest. She has worked with award-winning artists such as Kurt Elling and Marvin Hamlisch.


Mrs. Kelly has professionally directed, choreographed, and performed in many local theatre productions with Renegade Theater Company, The Duluth Playhouse, and The College of St. Scholastica Theatre. Recent performances include Eastland: A New Musical (Bobbie) and Parade (Lucille Frank), and she will be back on stage this season at the NorShor Theatre’s production of Don’t Dress for Dinner as Suzanne. Mrs. Kelly is an Oeuvre Award recipient in the category of “Best Actress” for her role of Emily in Renegade Theatre Company’s production of The Sparrow. She and her husband are the proud parents of two young future performers, Cohen and Shamus.

Bret Amundson, DMA

Artistic Director (Cantemus)

bamundson@lsyouthchorus.org

Dr. Bret Amundson is the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where he also directs Bella Voce, a select treble ensemble. In addition to his work at CSS, Bret is the Artistic Director of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and the Artistic Director of the Twin Ports Choral Project. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Saint John’s University, MN; a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Saint Cloud State University, MN; a Doctorate of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington; and will graduate in December 2018 with an MBA in Change and Leadership from The College of St. Scholastica.

 

Prior to his appointment as Dean, Bret was the Director of Choral Activities and Director of General Education at St. Scholastica, where he led the College’s General Education program, including the first-year program, Dignitas, and directed the College’s auditioned ensembles, Concert Choir and Bella Voce. Under Bret’s direction, The College of St. Scholastica Choirs have performed regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2014, Bret was awarded the College’s Benedictine Professorship in General Education, and in 2015, Bret was named one of Duluth’s 20 Under 40.

 

Choirs under Bret’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions. In 2007, the Cathedral High School Concert Choir was invited to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association’s Mid-Winter Clinic. That same year, Bret was awarded the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota’s Outstanding Young Conductor Award. In 2015, Twin Ports Choral Project was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association State Conference and, in 2016, the North Central American Choral Directors Association Regional Conference. In 2017, Bella Voce was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota’s State Conference and in 2018, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus’ Cantemus was invited to perform at that same conference.

 

Maintaining an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator, presenter, and guest conductor for choral festivals and conferences around the country, Bret most recently conducted the 2017-2018 Minnesota All-State SSAA Choir.  

 

Bret is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, The College Music Society, Chorus America, and The VoiceCare Network, and he currently serves as the North Central ACDA Repertoire and Resources Coordinator for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs.

Jennifer Robbins

Associate Artistic Director (Concert Choir)

jrobbins@lsyouthchorus.org

Mrs. Robbins’ performance experience has fueled her lifelong passion for working with singers of all ages. As a music classroom specialist and school choir director for over 16 years in Houston, Texas and Superior, Wisconsin, choirs under her direction received superior ratings at numerous contests and festivals, and her school music groups perform regularly for annual civic events.


As a soprano soloist, Mrs. Robbins has been praised by the Boston Globe for her “drop-dead coloratura virtuosity” and singled out by Opera Magazine (UK) for her “remarkable debut” with the Chicago Opera Theater. From 2004 to 2008, Mrs. Robbins sang with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Conspirare, directed by Craig Hella Johnson, performing on their recording Requiem (2006 twice Grammy-nominated album). Mrs. Robbins is the choir director at Superior High School. She and her husband, Richard, have five beautiful children.

Sarah Ludwig, DMA

Associate Artistic Director (Choristers) & Prelude Program Director

sludwig@lsyouthchorus.org

Dr. Ludwig is the Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Music Education at The College of St. Scholastica. She holds a BA in Vocal Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, an MA in Music Education with a Choral Conducting concentration from the same institution, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University.

 

At St. Scholastica, Dr. Ludwig directs the Concert Choir, Vox Anima, and Cantus Corde. She teaches courses in conducting, vocal music education, freshman common course (Dignitas), and supervises vocal music education student teachers. In the Duluth community, she is the Associate Artistic Director and Prelude Program Director of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and sings with Twin Ports Choral Project.

 

Prior to her appointment at CSS, Dr. Ludwig directed choir programs in the Twin Cities area and was Artistic Director of the St. Cloud State University Cantabile Girls’ Choir. Choirs under her direction have performed nationally at the Organization of American Kodály Educators conference, locally at the Minnesota Music Educators Association convention, in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and in Chicago’s Symphony Hall. She is an active member of ACDA, serving as the ACDA-MN R&R Chair for SSAA choirs and collaboratively with her LSYC colleagues as the Youth Choir Coordinator and R&S Chair for the North Central Division. She holds memberships in ACDA, NAfME, NCCO, and The VoiceCare Network and is an active clinician throughout the region.

Emily Valine

Accompanist (Cantemus)

evaline@lsyouthchorus.org

Ms. Valine is the Staff Accompanist and Music Department Administrative Assistant at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, where she collaborates with the CSS Choral Ensembles, accompanies vocal and instrumental music majors, and manages the Music Library. Ms. Valine also accompanies the Twin Ports Choral Project and the Lake Superior Youth Chorus (Cantemus), and in 2016 she served for several months as interim choir coordinator for LSYC.

 

Ms. Valine holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) from The College of St. Scholastica. As a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, she maintains a private piano studio in Duluth and is active in Minnesota Music Teachers Association, serving as a site administrator for MMTA piano and theory exams and as president of the local Arrowhead Music Teachers Association. In 2017, Ms. Valine and pianist David Packa were featured on St. Scholastica’s Cambiata Music Series performing Piano Squared, a concert of music for two pianos. Ms. Valine received the Advocate for Choral Excellence Award from the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota in 2015, and she is blessed to be surrounded by beautiful choral music nearly every day.

Patrick Colvin

Accompanist (Concert Choir)

pcolvin@lsyouthchorus.org

Mr. Colvin is an active performer and educator in the Twin Ports. Theater credits as music director include: She Loves Me, Assassins, Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, Next to Normal, Company, Hair, The Sound of Music, and The Fantasticks. Children's theater credits include: G2K Once Upon a Mattress, Chicago, Seussical Jr, Sweeney Todd SE, Shrek, Cats, and Grease. Acting theater credits include: Les Misérables (Fauchelevent), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snug), and Iolanthe (Lord Chancellor). He regularly accompanies for soloists and choirs throughout the region, and he is a founding member of the Twin Ports Choral Project.

Wendy Durrwachter

Accompanist (Choristers)

wdurrwachter@lsyouthchorus.org

Ms. Durrwachter received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is the choir pianist at Peace United Church of Christ and Holy Rosary Cathedral and has provided piano for several musicals in town, including Sweeney Todd, Nine, and The Wild Party. Ms. Durrwachter is also a composer.  

Grace Young

Intern

gyoung@lsyouthchorus.org

Ms. Young is a senior student at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, where she has been studying psychology. She recently added a Vocal Music Education major to her degree and is very excited to get involved in a field she has always been passionate about. Ms. Young is a member of Bella Voce and Concert Choir at The College of St. Scholastica where she is an active section leader. Ms. Young also serves as the alto section leader for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) Chorus.

Delaney Belcastro

Intern

dbelcastro@lsyouthchorus.org

Ms. Belcastro is a sophomore at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN, where is she is pursuing a degree in Vocal Music Education. Ms. Belcastro is excited to work with the LSYC for her first year as an intern. Ms. Belcastro was a member of the LSYC during the 2011-2012 season. She is currently a member of the Concert Choir and Bella Voce at The College of Saint Scholastica.

Adam Giebner

Intern

agiebner@lsyouthchorus.org

Mr. Giebner is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota- Duluth, pursuing a degree in Vocal Music Education with a minor in Theatre. An active musician in the Duluth-Superior region, Mr. Giebner has served as a section leader for the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Arrowhead Chorale, and UMD’s University and Chamber Singers. Mr. Giebner actively serves as music director, conductor, and pianist for numerous theatrical productions throughout North Dakota and Northern Minnesota. In North Dakota, Mr. Giebner is the drama classes instructor for the Summer Performing Arts Company in Grand Forks, which has been the recipient of many accolades including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This is Mr. Giebner's first year as an intern for LSYC, and he is excited for the opportunity.

Rylee Newton

Intern

rnewton@lsyouthchorus.org

 Ms. Newton is a sophomore student at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, where she is pursuing a degree in Vocal Music Education. Ms. Newton is excited to be back for her second year as an LSYC intern, and she will join the LSYC Prelude teaching staff for the 2018-2019 season. Ms. Newton is also a member of Bella Voce, Concert Choir, and Vox Anima at The College of St. Scholastica.

Madilyn Roeser

Intern

mroeser@lsyouthchorus.org

Ms. Roeser is currently a sophomore at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She is a member of both Bella Voce and Concert Choir at St. Scholastica. Before starting at St. Scholastica, Ms. Roeser was a member of LSYC for 7 years and was a section leader and secretary in her high school’s A’Cappella Choir. She is very excited to be back with LSYC for her second year as an office intern to help continue this wonderful tradition.

Emilie Bowman

Financial Controller

ebowman@lsyouthchorus.org

As Financial Controller, Emilie Bowman manages all financial aspects of LSYC. Ms. Bowman has previous nonprofit accounting experience having worked as a foundation and tax accountant at Essentia Health, and as Treasurer for the Arrowhead Chorale. She is currently working towards her MBA. In her free time, Ms. Bowman enjoys singing in the Twin Ports Choral Project.

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