Grant Farmer

Community Choirs

Grant Farmer has served as conductor and chorus master for a variety of scholastic and semi-professional choral ensembles across the country. As the Director of Choral Activities at The College of Idaho, Grant conducts both the Chamber Singers and Chorale as well as teaches courses in conducting, applied voice, music education, and choral pedagogy. His passion as an educator lies in guiding and inspiring our future music educators through meaningful classroom experiences with sound pedagogy. 

Grant’s ensembles are repeatedly recognized for their brilliant sound and inspiring performances. His previous ensembles have been selected to perform at multiple state and regional conferences in the Southeast. Here in Idaho and Utah, Grant has served as both a clinician and adjudicator for high school and middle school choral ensembles.

Preparing choral ensembles for major works is one of Grant’s great passions. In the past, he has prepared works such as Britten’s War Requiem, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion, Bernstein’s Mass, and Handel’s Messiah. Beyond the traditional Canon, Grant has also collaborated in preparing exciting new works like Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields and numerous debuts of smaller octavos by various young composers. In 2021, Grant was appointed the Interim Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale. With this ensemble, he is preparing major works such as Messiah, Boulanger’s Psalm 130, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.He continues to grow the program with an inviting professional atmosphere. Looking forward, he intends to continue building on the great tradition of the organization while also finding new ways to connect with the growing audience of Treasure Valley, Idaho.

Grant has performed under the baton of several major conductors such as Simon Rattle, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jane Glover, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, and Franz Welser-Möst. He studied conducting with Joe Miller, Amanda Quist, Betsy Burleigh, Dominick DiOrio, and Walter Huff. Grant is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Westminster Choir College.

Steve Kuykendall

Music and Worship

Steve Kuykendall has served as minister of music for four decades in the Church of the Nazarene throughout Montana, Michigan, Colorado, Louisiana, Illinois and Idaho. He has worked with youth and college ministries for the Michigan District and the Chicago Central District and has directed student outreach ministries for Olivet Nazarene University and NNU.

Steve earned his BA in Sacred Music with Voice and Organ emphases from Central Michigan University and an MM in Voice Performance, Choral Conducting and Vocal & Choral Pedagogy from Boise State University. He has collegiate and community experience in choral and orchestral conducting, keyboard performance, accompaniment, band, marching band, wind ensemble, brass ensemble and orchestra. Steve has performed in numerous operas and solo recitals and has been a featured soloist in performances for several major choral works. He has been, and continues to be, a member of several semi-professional community chamber ensembles, including Les Bois Chamber Chorale, Critical Mass Chamber Ensemble, Eagle Song Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and Opera Idaho.

Steve has been serving as an Adjunct Professor of Music and Academic Organist for NNU for 24 years and as Associate Director of Music for the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise for the last 4 years. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the International Piano Teachers Guild, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and the Delta Omicron Music Society Fraternity. He is also the owner and primary instructor for Eagle Rock Music Studios in Nampa.

Dr. Philip Miller

Collegiate R&S Coordinator

DR. PHILIP MILLER is in his 25th year of teaching and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Music at Northwest Nazarene University where his duties include administration, recruiting, directing the University Choir and Orchestra, and teaching conducting. Previous teaching appointments include California Baptist University, Southern Nazarene University, and Kansas Wesleyan University. Philip holds a Bachelor of Music Education/Piano from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Music from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting, also from the University of Oklahoma. He has maintained an active role in workshops and conferences and has studied under many great choral directors including Dennis Shrock, Anton Armstrong, Weston Noble, Donald Neuen, Alice Parker, Charlene Archibeque, and Jo Micheal Scheibe. His ensembles are known for having a dynamic and uplifting presence along with a warm choral tone and have been featured at numerous state and regional festivals. They have also toured throughout the world with trips including Thailand, South Korea, Poland, Sweden, Kenya, Spain, Brazil, Bahamas, Japan, and England.

Along with his teaching duties, he maintains a rigorous schedule as a clinician and adjudicator. He has been the guest conductor for elementary, middle school and high school honor choirs. Being married to a theatre professional, he is also active in musical theatre at the collegiate, professional and community levels serving in the role of music director/conductor. Recent theatrical productions include Into the Woods, Seussical!, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Fantasticks.

Outside of teaching, he has been blessed to be married to his lovely wife, Krista Jo, for 25 years. Their 4 boys keep active schedules of their own but can also often be found hanging out at rehearsals and concerts with mom and dad.

Dr. David Klement

Youth/Student Activities

New to the University of Idaho, Dr. David A. Klement conducts choirs, orchestras, musical theater ensembles and operas, has taught private voice studio and courses in choral and instrumental conducting, vocal diction, choral arranging, secondary choral methods and vocal literature. With a particular focus on early choral music performance practice and twentieth century English choral and solo voice literature, his doctoral dissertation “Edward Elgar’s The Music Makers: A Choral Conductor’s Analysis and Score Preparation Guide” was published in 2018 and received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Dissertation. He is currently working on an article based on this research for the ACDA Choral Journal. An active all-state adjudicator and presenter, Dr. Klement has judged soloists and choirs and presented in NMMEA, GMEA and other state festivals. In addition to his conducting, teaching and vocal solo work, he is an active composer, specializing in choral music for adult and children’s choirs. His music has been sung by choirs in several states. The son of a Methodist pastor, he has led distinguished church music programs for almost thirty years, which also included the directing of hand bell choirs.

Dr. Klement has served as interim Director of Choral Activities at Valdosta State University and New Mexico State University following his role as full-time Director of Music at Asbury First United Methodist Church and the Founder and Conductor of the Rochester Boys Choir in Rochester, NY. In addition, he has taught at the University of Northern Colorado, Dartmouth College, the Eastman School of Music and the Albany Academy for Girls.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Klement began his music career as a boy chorister in the esteemed St. Thomas Choir School in NYC where he studied with Gerre Hancock and was awarded the Head Chorister Award. Following attendance at the Quaker high school George School, he received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctorate of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. He is extremely honored to have studied under choral luminaries such as Sir David Willcocks, Donald Neuen, Dale Warland, Daniel Moe, Samuel Adler, Melinda O’Neal, Alfred Mann, Jill Burgett and Galen Darrough. Their passion for teaching and spreading the choral art to the next generation continue to inspire him!

Sean Kane

Ethnic/Multicultural

Sean Kane is currently the director of choirs at Timberline High School in Boise, ID. From 2008-2015 he served as director of choirs at Gonzaga Preparatory High School in Spokane, WA. Choirs under his direction have been invited to State ACDA and NAfME convention performances, and are regular recipients of awards and superior ratings at local and regional festivals. His program received the “Outstanding Choral Department” award from CBC’s Jazz Unlimited festival in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Choirs under his direction have performed across the United States – from St. John the Divine in New York City, to The Los Angeles Cathedral, to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. They were most recently invited to perform a set at the University of Washington 2019 Fall Concert.

Sean has been an active member of ACDA his entire career, both in Washington State and in Idaho. He is currently the ID-ACDA Repertory R&S Coordinator and was named the ID-ACDA 2019 “Conductor of the Year”. He has been a solo and ensemble judge, festival judge, and was the guest clinician for the Canyon County Honor Choir in 2019. As a vocalist, Sean has sung with the Spokane Choral Artists and with the Northwest Bach Festival.

Sean has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (and Biology) from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Education from Montana State University. He is the proud father of three children: Melia, Corinne, and Samuel.

Corrina Steinbach

Treble Choirs

Corrina Steinbach has served as Director of Choirs at Vallivue High School in Caldwell, ID since 2016. Under her direction, the choirs have received superior ratings at local Festivals each year, and they have been given the opportunity to travel and perform for Heritage Festivals in New York as well as Disney World, where they received high accolades. She is an active clinician for high school and junior/middle school choirs. She was a member of Critical Mass Vocal Artists of Boise from 2017-2019 and served on their Board. Currently, she is involved in leading the music for Campus Ministries at the College of Idaho.

Corrina served as the Idaho ACDA Secretary from 2014-2018. She also was responsible for pioneering the Idaho All State Vocal Jazz Choir, which began in 2017, and she served as its chairman from 2017-2019. She is still actively involved with the Idaho Music Educators Association as well as ACDA because she believes that we need to be advocates for our amazing profession, beyond the borders of our classroom.

Elissa Jones

TB Choirs

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.

Quinn VanPaepaghem

Vocal Jazz and Commercial Music

A. Quinn Van Paepeghem began teaching at Northwest Nazarene University in the fall of 2016. His current responsibilities at Northwest Nazarene University include the Northwesterners vocal jazz ensemble, Choral Methods, and applied Jazz Guitar. He also assists with the music education program at NNU.

He holds Music degrees from the University of Oregon (MME), and Boise State University (BA). Quinn serves as the Vocal Jazz chair for Idaho ACDA, and is Past President of Idaho ACDA. He was selected Idaho’s “Outstanding Choral Director” by Idaho ACDA in 2014, for “Distinguished service to choral music in the state of Idaho”. The NNU Northwesterners were featured at the 2019 NAfME Northwest Conference in Portland, OR, and have recently performed for the Idaho ACDA fall mini-conference (2016), and the Utah ACDA fall conference (2018).

His university and high school concert choirs and vocal jazz choirs have performed for seven state or regional NAfME or ACDA music education conferences. He was the organizing chair for the 2019, 2017 and 2015 NAfME Northwest Honor Jazz Choir, and is co-founder of the Treasure Valley Vocal Jazz Camp, held each summer on the NNU campus. Quinn is an avid jazz guitarist, and heads his own jazz quintet with his wife, Shirley.

Ryan Olsen

High School Choirs

Ryan Olsen has had a very diverse music career. In his early years, Ryan sang opera professionally throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He performed leading and supporting roles with such companies as Cincinnati Opera, Harrisburg Opera, Kentucky Opera, Eugene Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Opera Theater of Lucca Italy. 

Ryan served as a professor of voice at Boise State University for ten years and was a frequent clinician and adjudicator for state solo and ensemble and choral festivals during that time.

In 2009 Ryan began teaching in public schools. He taught choir and orchestra at East Valley Middle School in Nampa for five years, and currently is in his eighth year as choral director at Kuna high school.    

He remains active as a guest conductor for honor groups and as a choral and solo adjudicator and clinician.

Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree at Utah State University, and his Master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He and his family live in Melba, Idaho.

Emmanuella Mazile

Junior High and Middle School

Emmanuella Mazile is the choir director at South Junior High School in Boise, Idaho. She previously served as the choir director at Lowell Scott Middle School in the West Ada School District.

During her time in the West Ada, Emmanuella was a PLC facilitator where she supervised and conducted weekly district-wide collaborations  for all middle school choir directors. She was also a part of the district music curriculum writing team for both middle school choir and general music and mentored first-year teachers.

Emmanuella earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education at University of Idaho and recently received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings from Concordia University-Nebraska.

Janet Turley

Youth Choirs

Kerry Calverley

Childrens and Community Youth

Kerry Calverley has been working with children’s and youth choirs of all levels for 30 years. Kerry is the artistic director for the Opera Idaho Children’s Choruses and the Kiwanis Boys Choir in Boise.  Previously, Kerry taught at East Junior High School in the Boise School District. Also in the Boise area, she has been a musical director of adult and children’s choirs at Trinity Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church. These positions also included co-directing musical theater productions for the singers in these programs. Previously, while living in Ukiah, California, Kerry created and implemented the Ukiah Community Children’s Chorus while also leading a K-8 music program at St. Mary’s of the Angels School and teaching music classes for Near & Arnold’s School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE).

Kerry also taught in Lodi, California at Bear Creek High School and at John Muir Elementary, leading choirs at both levels and locations. Kerry is a graduate of California State University-Fresno where she has a degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance, also previously studying voice at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. Kerry has been involved in various opera workshops, including starring in Menotti’s The Telephone, a Rhinemaiden in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, as well as leading roles in Wiz, Grease and performing in L’il Abner and The Music Man. Kerry has also served as an accompanist for various performing groups through the years.

Kerry is married to Steve and has 2 daughters, Allison, a recent graduate of University of Idaho, and Kate in Boise. Kerry also works in real estate and is currently working on some historic home renovations. She loves to cook, entertain, play tennis, hike and travel.