Leadership

Steve Dresen, 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.

Scott Anderson, President-Elect 

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.

Michael Murphy, Vice-President

Michael Murphy is director of choral activities and associate professor of music at the University of Idaho where he conducts choral ensembles, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, choral literature, choral techniques, and administers the masters in choral conducting program. Recently, Michael was recognized with the University of Idaho Mid-Career Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and engagement. He is the founder of the annual Idaho Bach Festival.

Dr. Murphy serves as an active adjudicator and clinician for workshops, festivals, honor choirs, and clinics and his international conducting experiences include Austria, China, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Germany. In 2016, Michael was awarded the Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship and served as Visiting Scholar to Sun Yat-sen University, South China University of Technology, and Guangzhou University of Foreign Studies.  Murphy has been published several times in Choral Journal and is a contributing author to volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir scheduled to be published by GIA in 2017.

As an active member, he has held several state and national leadership positions in ACDA, NAfME, NCCO, and other professional organizations. As a passionate champion of music for all, Michael has had experience teaching all ages and levels and several auditioned and non-auditioned community and church choirs. Murphy received his degrees in Conducting and Choral Music Education from Florida State University and East Carolina University. Michael resides in Moscow, Idaho with his wife, Claire, and two sons, William and Colin.

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.