Elected Officers


Nicole Lamartine, President
Term of Office, July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

lamartineDr. Lamartine is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming. Under Nicole’s leadership, choirs of the University of Wyoming have performed at the 2012 Northwest ACDA conference, the 2011 Northwest MENC conference in Bellevue, WA and at the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) national conference.

Her choirs at the University of Wyoming have enjoyed premiere performances and recordings of music by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Forrest Pierce, John Muehleisen, and Craig Hella Johnson.

Nicole has presented her research at national and regional conferences of ACDA, NCCO, CMS, NATS, and NAfME. She is in demand as a conductor and clinician across the US and Europe and will appear as the NW ACDA Men’s Honor Choir conductor at the 2014 conference.

As a professional vocal musician, Nicole has sung as a regular member of the Grammy®-nominated Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Chor Anno.  While living in England she sang with the choruses of the London BBC and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, performing across Europe and the UK.  She can be heard on six choral CDs on labels including Harmonia Mundi and Chandos.

Nicole has served as Wyoming ACDA President, as chair of the 2011 National ACDA Women’s Choir and as co-chair of the 2009 National ACDA Collegiate Chamber Choir.  She is currently the 2014 conference Interest Session Chair and International Conductor Exchange Program liaison for NW ACDA.  She will represent the US as the NW ACDA delegate to China this summer.

Patrick Ryan, Vice-President (Past-President)

ryanPatrick Ryan is the lead choral director at Great Falls High School in Great Falls, Montana, where he heads a program of seven choirs and over 200 students. Patrick is the president of the Northwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association, and a past-president of the Montana Choral Directors Association. He is a frequent clinician and guest conductor. In 2012, he directed the inaugural KIMEA National Honor Choir in Seoul, South Korea.

Choirs under Patrick’s leadership have been invited to sing in several professional events. His Great Falls High School Delphian Choir performed at the 2015 Northwest NAfME Conference. This group also received second place in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Performance, High School Division. In 2013 the choir commissioned and premiered composer John Muehleisen’s piece, Consolation: Requiem for Newtown. His women’s choir from Havre High School, Belles Voix, performed for the 2009 NW-NAfME Conference, and his Havre High A Cappella Choir participated in the world premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost in Carnegie Hall.

Patrick received his Master’s degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University, where he studied conducting with Edith Copley and directed the NAU Men’s Chorale. He received his music education degree with an emphasis in secondary choral music from Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied with Richard Sparks and Richard Nance. Patrick has a passion for secondary school music, and his experiences have taught him that any size school can have a thriving choral program.

Outside his professional life, Patrick enjoys officiating football and basketball for the Montana Officials Association and spending time with his amazing wife Lynn, and their three children, Kian, Kendall, and Kari.


Gary Weidenaar
, Past-President Council Chair
Term of Office (as president) July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014

Siweidenaarnce 2006, Gary has been the Director of Choral Studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where over 200 singers make up the five traditional and three vocal jazz ensembles which comprise CWU’s choral offerings.

Dr. Weidenaar has a wide-ranging background in teaching.   He taught at public or private schools in Michigan, Germany, Norway, and California for a total of fifteen years – with nine of those years spent overseas .  His assignments included teaching students ranging from 3rd to13th grades in choral, general and instrumental music courses at various times.  

Having earned BM and MM degrees from Western Michigan and Michigan State Universities respectively, Gary received his Doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2002, and subsequently spent four years on the faculty at Northern Arizona University, before assuming his current position.

Gary spends a great deal of time with directors and/or choirs of all levels.  He has presented workshops to music educators in five states, as well as in Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, and Germany. He has adjudicated, served as clinician, or conducted over 650 choirs since 2002.  The CWU Chamber Choir is known throughout the northwest, having been chosen to sing at 2 regional and 2 state conferences since 2008, including the 2010 ACDA NW conference in Seattle.  The choir has a strong presence on the internet, where 16 professionally edited, multi-camera videos reside on YouTube.

Dr. Weidenaar regularly presents clinics & workshops on varied topics to NAfME and ACDA groups around the country.  He is currently creating a curriculum to help improve listening skills and refine the ear of developing conductors.

Weidenaar is a life member of ACDA, for which he has served in leadership roles in Kansas, Arizona and Washington.   Prior to his becoming President, he served on the NWACDA board as the chair of Youth and Student Activities. At a national level, Gary was the coordinator for one of the two performance sites at the 2007 Miami National Conference.   In his words, “It’s important to me that I give back to this organization that has helped me in so many ways.” 

The Weidenaar family includes Marla, an accountant and licensed massage therapist as well as Gary’s spouse.  They have two sons:

Mark is a fine bassoonist and award-winning composer, holds a black belt in taekwando and a blue belt in hopkido.  His main focus is as a geography major specializing in rock glaciers, in the class of 2012 at Central Washington University, where he is a candidate for a BA in Geography and a BA in Music.

David is in the class of 2014 at Ellensburg High School where he sings in the Chamber Choir, plays both upright and electric bass for the vocal jazz ensemble, plays tuba in the symphonic band, and is on the EHS Knowledge Bowl team.


Brian Galante, President-Elect (assumes the office of president July 1, 2018)

Brian is Associate Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where he conducts the Chorale, University Singers (Women’s Chorus) and Men's Chorus. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Vocal Pedagogy for the Choral Music Educator, Choral Methods, Choral Literature, and Conducting.

Galante received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting, with a related field in Voice Science and Pedagogy, from the University of North Texas. He holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Louisiana State University. Previous choral appointments include Visiting Associate Director of Choral Studies at Louisiana State University; Conductor of the UNT Men’s Chorus and Conducting Associate of the UNT A Cappella Choir; Director of Choral Music/Coordinator of K-12 Music at Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas; Director of Choirs at Episcopal High School and Director of Music at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, both in Baton Rouge.

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