2022 Clinicians and Staff

Dr. Corin Overland

Clinician
Middle School Chorus

Corin Overland is Associate Professor of Professional Practice at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he teaches courses in choral music education and choral conducting. He received the B.A. in music education from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, the M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the Ph.D. in music education from Temple University. He has over fifteen years of experience as a vocalist, pianist, and secondary vocal music teacher in Minnesota, Maryland, and Hawai’i.

Overland is frequently in demand for his work with adolescent choral ensembles, and has conducted All-State and festival choruses in Oregon, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Florida. He is a regular clinician for Worldstrides Heritage Festivals of Music, and has several choral compositions in print with Alliance and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

 Overland’s research explores economic and labor issues pertaining to arts education, teacher evaluation, and the pedagogical approaches used in various national for-profit rock music schools. His research and scholarship appears in a wide variety of academic journals, including the Journal of Research in Historical Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, College Music Symposium, Contributions to Music Education, and the Music Educators Journal. Overland has authored chapters for Contemporary Research in Music Education: Learning Across the Lifespan (Routledge) and the International Yearbook on Research in Arts Education (Waxmann Verlag). He is a content consultant for the state of Florida’s Performing Fine Arts Assessment evaluation system, and currently serves as the Associate Editor of the Music Educators Journal.


Dr. Edith Copely

Clinician
High School Chorus

Dr. Edith A. Copley is a Regents’ Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University where she conducts the Shrine of the Ages Choir and teaches conducting and graduate choral literature.  Choirs under her direction have performed at state, divisional, and national conferences and have toured internationally to Western Europe, China, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia and Latvia.   In May 2020 the NAU Choir will tour South Korea and Hong Kong. 

Prior to her NAU appointment, she taught secondary choral music in Iowa and later in Vienna, Austria at the American International School.  Dr. Copley also has extensive experience conducting major choral/orchestral works with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Master Chorale of Flagstaff.

Dr. Copley has received numerous honors, including the NAU Centennial Teacher of the Year, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Arizona ACDA Outstanding Choral Director, and The Weston H. Noble Award from her alma mater, Luther College.

Dr. Copley has served American Choral Directors Association as president of the Western Division and Arizona, division and state newsletter editor, and Interest Session Chair for ACDA National Conferences in 2013, 2019, and 2021. 

Dr. Copley has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and is in high demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor in the US and abroad.  She has conducted all-state choirs in over 30 states, ACDA and NAfME national honor choirs, Worldstrides Festival in Carnegie Hall each spring, and international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Luxembourg, Tasmania, England, Australia, China, France, Oman and Turkey. 


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Mr. Mike Weaver

Choreographer
Show Choir

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.”


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Laurie Fisher

Guest Artist
Contra Dance

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.


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Sallie Pummill-Pollack

Accompanist
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.


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Amy Pummill Stewart

Accompanist
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.

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