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DR. KEVIN MEIDL
Artistic Director
Coro Angeli Conductor


Kevin Meidl is director of choirs and music department chair at Appleton West High School.  He has taught junior high school and high school choral music in Appleton for the past thirty-two years.  In addition, he is the artistic director and principal conductor with the Appleton Boychoir… a treble choir of young boys currently celebrating their thirty-sixth season.



In 2006 Meidl co-founded the Badger State Girl Choir in partnership with the Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, Wisconsin.  As conductor and artistic director of this ensemble, he leads nearly two hundred elementary, middle and high school girls in a diverse performance-based program inclusive of both music and dance.



Meidl is Past President of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.  In this position, he was responsible for the professional development of several thousand school, church, community and university conductors from across the upper Midwest.   He served as a voting member of the national choral directors board, and is Past President of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.



Meidl’s choirs have performed for state division and national conferences of the American Guild of Organists, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus Association, and the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.  They have performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, and for the official presidential visit of George W. Bush in Appleton.  He has conducted choirs for ceremonies commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, for Pope John Paul II in Rome, and in some thirty-five other countries around the world.  With the Badger State Girl Choir he made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in April of 2014.



Meidl’s choirs have produced a dozen recordings and have been featured on national radio programs in the Netherlands, Russia, and Mexico.  Graduates of his choir programs have entered the ranks of the music education profession and are creating choral music across the country.  In the Appleton Public Schools alone there are three music educators who are graduates of his program.  In addition, as a voice coach, he has trained singers…several of whom are professional opera and Broadway performers in the U.S.A. and Europe.



Meidl has studied conducting with Constantina Tsolainou, currently director of choral activities at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia; with Kate Tamarkin, music director of the Charlottesville and the University of Virginia Symphonies in Charlottesville, Virginia; and with Robert Harris and John Paynter at Northwestern University.  He holds degrees from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Northwestern University.  In addition, he has studied Kodály methods at Silver Lake College and is completing post-doctoral work at Boston University.



As an adjudicator, conductor, clinician, and lecturer, Meidl is in high demand across the United States with events in Virginia, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.  He recently conducted the 1,000 voice South Dakota All-State Choir and the Wisconsin All-State Children's Choir. He was a featured presenter at the National Music Educators Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, and was the keynote speaker for the Iowa Choral Directors Association Convention.  In the summer of 2014 he was guest lecturer at North Dakota State University for their Music Educators Institute.  He is widely published in professional journals across America.  He is a contributing author in Brothers, Sing On!  Conducting the Tenor-Bass Choir… released in July of 2014.



A leader in international choral music education, Meidl created the International Youth Symposium on Choral Music in Altötting, Germany, and the national conference for high school students considering careers in choral music called NextDirection.  He has developed various initiatives in support of music education in Wisconsin including confabs for choral directors, music repertoire banks, summer choir camps and the highly successful “Immersion Day” concept for divisional ACDA conferences.  His most recent initiative is the Summer School Consortium Choir Camps…entering its tenth year, this program has impacted over one-thousand children from thirteen school districts across the Fox River Valley.



Dr. Meidl is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the International Federation for Choral Music, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda, and past president of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He was selected as Secondary Teacher of the Years in 1996 for the Appleton Area School District and most recently, in 2008, as the Helble high school Teacher of the Year.  His biography is listed in recent editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in American Education, and several other honorary publications.




AUTUMN MEYERS
Prima Choir Conductor
Vivace Choir Conductor
meyersautumn@aasd.k12.wi.us


Autumn Meyers is in her seventh season with the Badger State Girl Choir as conductor of the Prima Choir.

Hailing from Neenah, Wisconsin, Mrs. Meyers is a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.  She received a Bachelor of Music in choral music and general music.  After leaving Stevens Point, she taught for the Green Bay Area School District as an elementary general music specialist and for the Rosendale Brandon School District, where she was responsible for the secondary choral music program.
 
Mrs. Meyers is in her sixth year with the Appleton Area School District.  She teaches Women's Choir, Prima Voce, and Vocal Artists at Appleton West High School, as well as choral music at Wilson Middle School.




ANNA VAN EPEREN

Amabile Choir Conductor
Instructor of Voice and Music Literacy
avaneperen@xaviercatholicschools.org


Anna Van Eperen is in her second year as Choral Director at St. Francis Xavier High School in Appleton. Previously, she taught choral and general music at St. Francis Xavier Middle School for one year. In 2013, Van Eperen graduated summa cum laude from St. Norbert College with a degree in Choral and General Music Education. She is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society for excellence in music studies. While at St. Norbert, Van Eperen was an active member of many music ensembles, most notably the St. Norbert Abbey Singers, St. Norbert Chamber Singers, and the Knights on Broadway. She was an accompanist for several vocal and instrumental music students, as well as the Men’s Choir. She served as the president of St. Norbert’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

An Appleton native and alumna of Appleton East High School, Van Eperen frequently appears an an accompanist and vocal soloist. She also teaches private voice lessons and is a member of the National Association for Music Education.





ERIC BRITZ

Assistant Conductor
Director of Music Education
Instructor of Voice and Music Literacy

eric.britz@oshkosh.k12.wi.us


Eric Britz is in his 3rd year of teaching Choral and General Music at Webster Stanley Middle and Elementary School in the Oshkosh Area School District. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a Bachelors of Music Degree in Choral and General Music Education. In college he was a member of the UW Concert Choir and held an undergraduate internship with the University Chorus. He was also the music director and arranger for an a cappella group which received 2nd place honors in a national competition in 2013 under his direction.

A native of Appleton, Mr. Britz is a graduate of Appleton West High School and an alumnus of the Appleton Boychoir. He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association.





DR. NATHAN BIRKHOLZ
Principal Accompanist


Nathan Birkholz has won top prizes in competitions across the country, including the 2010 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and Wisconsin’s Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition. He has appeared in recital at the American Liszt Society’s annual symposium, the Richard Nixon Library, the Berkeley Piano Club, Contra Costa College, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Lawrence University, and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. He has performed concertos with the Ripon College Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony of Appleton, the Green Bay Civic Symphony, the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, and a University of Illinois student orchestra. He was the only American among 35 contestants worldwide invited to participate in the 4th International Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Birkholz has played in masterclasses for Murray Perahia and Byron Janis and his teachers include Michel Block, Leonard Hokanson, Ian Hobson, Edmund Battersby, and Donald Walker. He holds degrees from Northern Illinois University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the piano faculty of the University of Illinois and Ripon College and is currently a staff pianist at Lawrence University, organist at First English Lutheran Church of Appleton and principal accompanist for the Appleton Boychoir and the Badger State Girl Choir.




MELISSA BOETTCHER
Administrative Assistant




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