Dr. Christopher Aspaas
High School Chorus
Christopher Aspaas serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at TCU. Christopher received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, shop his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. Christopher has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. At TCU, Christopher leads the Concert Chorale, TCU’s flagship mixed ensemble as well as the FrogCorps, TCU’s premier male vocal ensemble. He also teaches coursework in basic conducting, choral conducting, choral literature, advanced choral conducting and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. His travels as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and lecturer have taken Christopher to Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ontario, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and three times to the Sultanate of Oman. He has conducted All-State Choruses in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin as well as the British Columbia and Manitoba All-Province Honour Choirs. Additionally, Christopher led the All- Northwest Mixed Choir in 2015 and ACDA Southern Division Men’s Honor Choir in 2016. Most recently, Christopher travelled to South Korea to headline the 35th Annual International Symposium on Choral Music. Christopher has produced more than forty arrangements and compositions for mixed, men’s and women’s choirs. His works are published by Augsburg Fortress, earthsongs, Hal Leonard, and Aspen Hill Music, a publishing house Christopher co-founded with his wife Nancy in 2013. His latest commission premiered at the 2017 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ms. Robyn Lana
Middle School Chorus
Robyn Lana, Founder/Managing Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, earned a gold medal in the 2012 World Choir Games, the American Prize for Choral Performance (2015), and the Chorus America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming (2016). She is on the choral faculty at Xavier University has served as adjunct faculty at CCM.
A clinician/conductor across the US, Lana has appeared in China, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and has presented for ACDA, AOSA, Chorus America, the World Choir Games 2012, NAfME and Chamber Music America. Lana has a choral series, is published in the Choral Journal, The Chorister, and CMA Matters. Past National Chair for ACDA Children’s and Community Youth R&S, she was guest editor of the March 2016 Choral Journal. Lana serves on the Chorus America Board and is Chair of ACDA Advocacy and Collaboration. Her book, Voices in Harmony: Youth Choir Leadership, Education, and Artistry, is now available.
Mr. Mike Weaver
Mike Weaver is an award winning director and choreographer based in Chicago. He works widely in both conceptual and technical development with a variety of projects ranging from musical concerts to theatrical productions. Credits include work with Carnival Cruise Lines, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Marine World Africa USA, 1999 Special Olympics World Games, Warner Bros Publishing, Tulane University and various summer institutes and workshops. With his company Michael Weaver Design, he regularly collaborates with some of the country’s most noted high school music departments, staging concerts and musical theatre productions. His work has garnered awards for best directing, choreography, lighting, set, and show design. His production of Guys and Dolls was selected by USA Today and USA Weekend Magazine as one of the country’s top high school musical productions of the 2007. Mike has been the recipient of numerous awards for his continuing innovations in the field of show choir. Regarded as an expert, in 2002 the American Choral Directors Association commissioned his definitive article entitled “Show Pop: History of Show Choir.”
Multi-talented Laurie Fisher has been entertaining dancers and inspiring musicians full-time for the past 17 years. She can fiddle, play piano, call dances, teach and enthuse with the best of them. The thriving Asheville contradance scene has been passionately influenced by her bands and music over the past 25 years. She is regionally well known as the fiddler for The String Beings, an Asheville Contradance band whose success has traveled them from Boston to Florida, and California to Michigan and even Texas. They have produced and continue to sell three recordings, with many repeat sales to folks who ‘just wore theirs out’. Laurie teaches music, mostly fiddle, piano and guitar, plus the occasional clawhammer banjo, voice, pennywhistle or bodhran students, primarily at the oh-so-sweet Acoustic Corner in Black Mountain, NC. In 1989 she founded the Asheville Contradance, a monthly Saturday night dance at the Jewish Community Center of Asheville. In 1990 she hosted the first Asheville Summer Soiree, a June contradance weekend in East Asheville. Both dance productions continue, and enjoy an enthusiastic following although Laurie retired from full time dance production in 2001. She teaches contradance, waltz-and-othereasy- couples-dances, and has developed a class ‘Dancing on the Right Side of the Brain’ to teach all dancers the mysteries of effortless and joyful dancing/partnering. Laurie also calls for Appalachian Big Circle and traditional ‘barn’ dances for camps, weddings, reunions and retreats. She is one of the best callers for getting non-or reluctant dancers moving and cheering whatever their age.
High School Chorus
Pianist Sallie Pollack joined the piano faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music in the fall of 2009 as Professor of Collaborative Piano. Dr. Pollack received a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from Texas Christian University. She was a recipient of the 1996 Fulbright Scholarship for study at the Royal Conservatory of Belgium where she was awarded the Premier Prix in Piano Performance. After completing a Master of Music in Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Illinois, she worked as staff accompanist at Texas Tech University until 2000. Dr. Pollack entered the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program in Collaborative Piano at the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 where she was awarded a full assistantship and received her degree in 2009. As soloist, Dr. Pollack has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, TCU Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado College Summer Conservatory Orchestra. Her many awards and competitions include finalist in the Concours International Bach Competition in Brussels, and winner in the Van Cliburn Piano Institute Concerto Competition. As collaborator, she has played in Carnegie Hall three times, toured extensively with the Texas Boys Choir, played for the Fort Worth Ballet, coached opera for Theatre-Hof in Bavaria, the Illinois Opera Theatre, and the TCU Opera Workshop. She has also been a performer in music festivals in Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada, Belgium, Canada and South America. Dr. Pollack can be heard singing with her family in over 600 songs for various publishers of elementary music textbooks in use throughout the country. Sallie has been a student of John Forconi, Eric Dalheim, José Feghali, Dalia Ouziel and Pamela Paul and has collaborated with Phil Smith, Renee Siebert, Charles Castleman, Alexa Still, Richard Nunemaker, Andrew Shulman, and Evan Wilson. She recently recorded new music by Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley with acclaimed soprano Lucy Shelton for Cambria Music. Dr. Pollack makes her home in Edmond, OK with her husband and three children.
Amy Pummill Stewart
Middle School Chorus
Amy Pummill Stewart has a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance and Master degree in Organ Performance from TCU. She went on to acquire a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. After graduating from TCU in 2000, she made her home in New York City. While there, Amy appeared in many solo venues and was the featured soloist in four concerts with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with Skitch Henderson. Amy started as a young child in the recording studio where she performed on hundreds of recordings for educational and choral publications and commercials. Amy has been featured as soloist with the Windsong Chamber Choir, an Oklahoma based professional chamber choir, TCU Concert Chorale, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in productions with the Fort Worth Opera, Parterre Box Opera Troup in New York City, and with Theatre Hof Zwie Groschen Operhouse in Humbach, Germany. She occasionally tours around the country with her family’s four piano/ four voice show, Clavivoce. Amy has served as organist and worship leader for many churches including South Hill Christian Church in Fort Worth; East Dallas Christian Church; Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City; and Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut. She currently is Adjunct Faculty at TCU teaching in the choral, musicology, and theory departments.