Sidney Hudson has been a secondary school choral music director for 38 years. After graduating from Boise State University, in 1983, she began her teaching career in Spokane, WA. From there she moved to Colorado where she taught for 25 years. She received her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997.
In 2010, Sidney returned to Idaho to teach at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian. Sidney remained at Rocky Mountain until this past fall, when she accepted a choir position at South Jr. High, in Boise. Collectively, she has logged 18 years at the high school level and will begin her 20thth year at the middle level this Fall.
Sidney has remained active with community music throughout her career. She directed an adult church choir for 16 years while in Colorado. In addition to this, she was the founding director of the Longmont Children’s Chorale, an auditioned chorus of fourth through eighth grade students with unchanged voices. This fall, Sidney will begin her third year as artistic director of the Boise Women’s Chorus. Her choirs, both public school and community, have toured regionally and nationally and performed for regional and state conferences.
Sidney sings with several of her colleagues in Essential Jazz, an adult vocal jazz ensemble comprised of 16 music educators and other musicians from the Boise valley.
An important part of Sidney’s professional interest and growth has been her membership and involvement in ACDA and NAfME. Sidney served two terms as R&S Chair for Elementary and Children’s Choruses with Colorado ACDA. Following those terms, she served as State President of Colorado ACDA.
Serena Jenkins-Clark is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Voice at the College of Southern Idaho, where she conducts Chamber Choir and Madrigal Ensemble, and teaches studio voice, music appreciation, and a freshman seminar. She earned her Master of Music from the University of Idaho and received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
Serena began her teaching career as an elementary music specialist for the Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District and later developed a comprehensive choral music program for grades 6-12 in Malibu. More recently, she taught at O’Leary Middle School in the Twin Falls School District. Her former voice and choral students have performed at Carnegie Hall, on professional recordings, and on the Broadway stage. An active performer herself, she is well known to Magic Valley audiences from solo work with the Magic Valley Symphony, Magic Valley Chorale, and Twin Falls Municipal Band, as well as leading roles with the Dilettantes, Magic Valley Little Theater, and Magic Valley Repertory Theater. While a resident of California, Serena was active in the Angeles Chorale under the direction of Don Neuen and sang under the direction of Roger Wagner throughout college. She also enjoys working as a vocal coach and musical director for theatrical productions in the local community and is very active with music and worship at her church.
In addition to serving as Treasurer for the Idaho Chapter of ACDA, Serena is an active member of NATS, NAfME (chairing District IV Solo/Ensemble Festival), the National Federation of Music Clubs, and Twin Falls Music Club (Past President). She has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Idaho and southern California.
Max Mendez, is currently a Professor of Music 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 sixteen years at North Idaho College he has conducted the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Commercial Music 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 throughout the Northwest. As an opera artist, he has performed with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Opera, Opera Idaho, and Inland Northwest Opera. 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 range from opera and oratorio to musical theatre, cabaret, and popular styles. Max was a founding member and artistic director of Spokane Choral Artists. Currently he is a proud member of Male Ensemble Northwest (MEN) and Tim Sharp’s Kentucky Harmony.
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.
Mendez is currently a Licensed Body Mapping Educator through the Association of Body Mapping Education and teaches/coaches musicians at all levels through this foundational somatic discipline.
Amanda Hall has been a secondary choral educator for the last 7 years. She graduated from Idaho State University in 2012 and since then has taught at Xavier Charter School, Jerome High School, and is currently the choir teacher at Robert Stuart Middle School and Canyon Ridge High School.
Amanda likes to stay active in the community being the music director for musicals and performing in musicals herself. Her last few musicals have been Mersister in Little Mermaid, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Fiona in Shrek the Musical.
Amanda is an active member of ACDA and NAfME. She resides in Twin Falls with her two little boys.
Elissa Jones is currently director of choirs Century High School. She earned a B.M.E. at Utah State University and has completed post-baccualareate work at ISU.
She has been active in community/collegiate and semi-professional groups consistently throughout her career. She has sung with Choral Society of Durham and its chamber choir, Pro-Musica Vermont, Handel Society of Dartmouth College, ISU Camerata Singers, Concert and Chamber Choirs. Elissa has also been active in the opera and musical theatre scene in the community, performing roles with ISU and Old Town Actor’s Studio.
Elissa has worked with Cache Children’s Choir (UT), Upper Valley Children’s Chorus (NH) and as a musical director for theatre in the southeast Idaho community. She is actively involved with music and worship at her church.
An advocate of collaboration and outreach to young music students, she has served on the ISU-Civic Symphony Board, helping facilitate the Link-up program and performances with 3rd and 4th graders and the symphony.
Elissa is also an active member of Nafme and NATS. She currently lives in Pocatello, Idaho with her husband and four children.