Ryan Duff, 2019-2020 Co-Chair – Basic High School – Duffrl@nv.ccsd.net
Jennifer Tibben, 2019-2020 Co-Chair – Damonte Ranch High School – firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 All-State High School Choir Conductor
Giselle Wyers is the Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor of Choral Music at the University of Washington, where she conducts the award-winning University Chorale and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and music education. University Chorale’s latest CD, Resonant Streams (on the MSR Music Recordings label) was reviewed by Gramophone magazine last spring. Her semi-professional chorus, Solaris Vocal Ensemble, specializes in the performance of contemporary American choral literature. Their premiere album Floodsongs won the The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, in the professional ensemble division for 2017-18.
As a guest conductor, Wyers has led high school honor choirs and all-state choruses in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center), Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Connecticut, Nebraska, Texas, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Vancouver, Canada. She has conducted semi-professional ensembles across the United States and in Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Sweden. She will direct the Nevada Mixed All-State Chorus, the Wisconsin All-State Treble Choir, and Kansas All-State Treble Choir in 2020.
Wyers is a leading national figure in the application of Laban movement theory for conductors. She has served as guest lecturer in conducting at Sweden’s Örebro Universitet, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Westminster Choir College, University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Portland State University.
Wyers’ choral works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company as part of the “Giselle Wyers Choral Series,” and have been performed across the United States, Canada, Australia, Cuba, and numerous European cities. She is now working on four new commissions for choruses across the United States. Wyers is also committed to mentoring scholar-writers in the field, and serves on the editorial board of ACDAs Choral Journal.
Singing in All-State choir can truly change a person’s life. Wyers’ first “spark of knowledge” about a career in music came when she sang in the Oregon All-State choir under Weston Noble. At first Wyers’ parents thought music was just going to be something she did “for fun,” but she convinced them otherwise after they attended her senior recital at UC Santa Cruz, where she conducted the Faure Requiem with a small local pickup choir and orchestra.