Leadership

Scott Anderson, President 

Dr. Scott Eric Anderson conducts the ISU Chamber & Concert Choirs, the Camerata Singers, and teaches Choral Conducting, Choral Methods, and voice. Dr. Anderson has received Idaho State University’s “Master Teacher” and “Outstanding Public Service” awards on three occasions. He has studied conducting with such eminent teachers as Eph Ehly, Joseph Flummerfelt, Allen Crowell, Frauke Hassemann, Wilhelm Ehmann, Robert Shaw, and many others.

Choirs under Dr. Anderson¹s direction have traveled throughout the United State, Europe, and South America. As Director of Choral Activities at Idaho State University, Anderson has led the Idaho State University Chamber Choir or Camerata Singers on performance tours of Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Peru, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Idaho State University choral ensembles have performed under Anderson’s direction at state, regional and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Dr. Anderson serves as the Artistic Director of the Idaho International Choral Festival where choral groups from around the world join together in Pocatello, Idaho for a week of choral performances, conducting master classes and artistic and cultural exchange.

He has served the American Choral Directors Association in state, divisional, and national offices, and has been featured as guest conductor, lecturer and teacher throughout the United States and abroad.

Max Mendez, President-Elect

Max Mendez, is currently a music instructor and Director of Choirs at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  He has been an active part of the Inland Northwest music community for the last fifteen years. He divides his time between conducting, teaching and performing.  For the last twelve years at North Idaho College he has conducted the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Choirs under his direction have performed concerts in Mexico, San Francisco, and Seattle and most recently in Carnegie Hall.  Max has also served as director of music at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane, Washington from 2002-2012.  He has been a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for festivals and workshops throughout Idaho and Washington including the Spokane School District’s Festival of the Arts, the Idaho All-State Elementary Choir, the Gem State Mixed Honor Choir,  the Canyon Country Mixed Honor Choir, and Twin Falls Middle School Honor Choir.  Max has served as a conductor and musical director for Eastern Washington University, Spokane Civic Theater, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater.

He has sung to critical success in the Northwest Bach Festival, the Spokane Symphony, and Spokane Opera. As an opera artist, he has performed with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Opera, Opera Idaho, and Opera Coeur d’Alene.  He has performed with many of the finest concert ensembles in the Inland Northwest including; the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Mozart in the Park, Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Allegro: Baroque and Beyond, Zephyr, Clarion Brass and the Northwest Bach Festival. His versatility as a singer ranges from opera and oratorio to musical theatre, cabaret, and popular styles.  Max is a founding member and artistic director of Spokane Choral Artists and a proud member of Male Ensemble Northwest (MEN).

Max is a strong advocate for community involvement in arts and music programs.  His goals for the Idaho state chapter of ACDA is to continue the great momentum of the current and past-presidents and continue to extend resources and opportunities to new music educators, student chapters, and educators in more remote areas of the state.

His involvement in the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) include Chair for the Northwest Region Men’s Honor Choir (2012 & 2014) and the Community College Repertoire & Standards Chair for the Idaho chapter.   He has presented reading (Sacred, TTBB, and Community College) and interest sessions (iPad technology) at Washington and Idaho state ACDA conferences.  He currently lives in Hayden, Idaho with his wife and four children.

Steve Dresen, Past-President

Steve Dresen, director of vocal music at Bonneville High School, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Steve has taught for over 25 years in public schools and at the collegiate level.  He received degrees from, Ricks College, Utah State University, and Brigham Young University.

An active member of ACDA, MENC, and IFCM, he has served as organizing chair for numerous festivals and clinics and has served as an adjudicator and clinician himself.  Steve’s choirs have been invited to perform for state and regional conferences for MENC and ACDA and consistently receive superior ratings at choral festivals.  He has had multiple listings in “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers.”  Currently, he is the choir director at Bonneville H.S. in Idaho Falls where he also serves as Fine Arts Chair and chairs the committee for Professional Learning Communities.

In addition to his work at the high school he has just finished two years on the National Choral Board for NAfME, currently serves as the Idaho High School R&S Chair for ACDA, and is an adjunct vocal teacher at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg where he resides with his wife and six children.

 

MacKenzie Aitken, Treasurer

MacKenzie Aitken lives in Hidden Springs, Idaho, not far from Boise. Having earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, she began work at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in 2000, and continues her work there a few days a month as a certified Child Passenger Safety Expert. MacKenzie is a member of ACDA but is not a full-time choral director. Her full-time vocation is as a Realtor, sharing an office with her mother. She has been an active member at Boise’s Cathedral of the Rockies for over 25 years and was awarded Volunteer of the Year there in 2009.

Corrina Steinbach, Secretary

Corrina Steinbach is the director of choirs at Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho. She began her teaching career in 2006. Prior to Kuna High she taught for four years at Vallivue Middle School in Caldwell, Idaho. For the past three-and-a-half years she has taught half-time, job sharing with Brandi Cook at Kuna.

Prior to teaching, Corrina received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance at the College of Idaho, where she had the opportunity study vocal jazz and classical with Dr. Marianne Saunders. After she graduated with her undergrad degree she went back to school to complete her degree in music education at the College of Idaho.

She is a mom of two children and loves to perform vocal jazz music every chance she gets. She has had the opportunity to perform on the Carnegie Hall Stage in New York, the Top of the Hoff in Boise, and her most recent performances have been at Chandler’s Restaurant in Boise, Idaho. She is a member of both ACDA and NAfME. She looks forward to taking on a more active role in the Idaho chapter of ACDA and is always looking for new ways to become a better music educator.