STATE LEADERSHIP

ALASKA

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KYLE SCHNEIDER

VACANT

President
2017-2019

Presiden-Elect

Kyle Schneider is in his 13th year of music education, and has spent the last 12 years in Alaska. Kyle attended Illinois State University, receiving his Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2007 with focuses in Vocal Performance and Ethnomusicology. Kyle currently teaches 7-8 Mixed Choir, 9-12 Concert Choir, 9-12 Swing Choir, 9-12 Guitar, and 9-12 History in Homer, AK. Kyle is an active chorister, director, actor, and soloist with Kenai Peninsula Community Choir, Kachemak Chorale, Pier One Theatre, and Kenai Peninsula Singers,  an alumni of four seasons of the Midwest Institute of Opera, serves as director of music ministry at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and maintains a small private studio. He has also served as presider, presenter, and adjudicator for various festivals and conferences. Kyle resides in Homer with his wife, Beth, and their Newfydoodle, Wrigley. He is a diehard Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks fan, and in his spare time, enjoys baking, cooking, fishing, photography, and traveling.

Filled by special election

IDAHO

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SIDNEY HUDSON

President
2021-2023

SERENA JENKINS CLARK

President - Elect
2023-2025

Sidney Hudson is director of choirs and piano at South Jr. High School in Boise, Idaho. She received her Bachelor of Music at Boise State University, and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Teaching since 1983, in Colorado, Washington and Idaho, she has served 18 years at the high school level and 20 years in junior high and middle level. Sidney augments her teaching with involvement in community music, serving as Artistic Director of The Boise Women’s Chorus, and performing with several of her colleagues in Essential Jazz, a semi-professional vocal jazz ensemble made up of 16 music educators and musicians from the Boise Valley. Her school and community choirs have toured regionally and nationally, and performed for regional and state conferences. She clinics and adjudicates locally and around the Northwest, and looks forward to serving ACDA to rebuild, recharge, and recover alongside resourceful educators.

Bio Coming Soon.

MONTANA

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ELLEN MCKENZIE

JORDAN SPICHER

President
2020-2022

President - Elect
2022-2024

A native Montanan, Ellen McKenzie earned her BME in 2001, and her MA in 2012, both from the University of Montana. She is currently in her nineteenth year of teaching music, and her seventh year at Hellgate High School, where she conducts four curricular choirs, two extra-curricular choirs, and also music directs the school musical. Previous teaching experience includes choir in Manteca, CA; K-8 music and choir in Frenchtown, MT; and choir at Flathead High School in Kalispell, MT. She has also acted as music director in musical theatre productions in California and Montana. When not making music with fabulous young people, she enjoys performing, running with her two dogs, going to Orangetheory, and spending time with her husband Peter and sons Ben and Jack.

Bio Coming Soon.

OREGON

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KAREN BOHART

Coming Soon

President
2021-2023

President - Elect
2023-2025

Karen Bohart is the Director of Choirs at Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon where she has taught since 2018.  She spent 17 years of her career directing choirs at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon.  Karen is currently the Oregon ACDA President Elect.   In 2017 she presented at the OMEA State Conference.  Her session was titled ‘Cultivating a Choral Community in a Sea of Diversity” and reflected her passion for building community within diverse student populations. In 2018, Reynolds High School’s Pro Cantorum Choir was selected to perform at the OMEA State Conference under her direction.  Karen is a clinician and adjudicator for vocal solo and choral music in both Vancouver, Washington and the  Portland, Oregon Metro area.   She holds a Bachelors of Science in Music from the University of Oregon, and Masters in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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WASHINGTON

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BARBARA TAPPA

MONIKA TABOR

President
2021-2023

President - Elect
2023-2025

Barbara Tappa is in her 22nd year of teaching and 14th year as the Director of Choral Music at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. She also directs Le Donne, a community women’s choir. Barbara has been a cantor and choir director at Catholic churches in the United States, Japan and Norway. In 2016 Barbara was the Washington State High School Music Educator of the Year. Barbara has served as Choral Curriculum Officer for Washington Music Educators Association.

Bio Coming Soon.

WYOMING

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ANISSA BREE

COMING SOON

President
2021-2023

President - Elect
2023-2025

Anissa Bree teaches vocal and general music in Cody at the Middle School, and received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wyoming. She also attended Northwest College singing with the Studio Singers, Choral Art and the NWC Chorale. She has since been invited to conduct the Master Chorale at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming and has sung with the Cody Chorale. Her musical theater experience comes from Beauty and the Beast, Music Man and Guys and Dolls, as well as the Opera Don Pasquale and Opera Theater in college. Music keeps her on her toes with performances in the Cody area. She keeps busy with her family of four and enjoys traveling to Colorado to visit family and friends.

Bio Coming Soon.