2021 Soprano/Alto Choir (pictured above)
Summer 2022 Honor Choir Information
All-State Soprano/Alto Choir
This honor choir opportunity is open to singers currently enrolled under the direction of a KCDA member in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in a junior high, high school, or community choir program in the state of Kansas.
This ensemble performs as part of the KCDA Summer Convention on July 8, 2022.
Amy Vorhees, 2023 Clinician
Amy Voorhees, the Cyril M. Stretansky Professor in Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities at Susquehanna University, conducts the University Choir and Chamber Singers, teaches courses in Choral Conducting, Choral Methods, and supervises student teachers. Choirs under her direction have performed at both regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. Most recently, the Susquehanna University Choir appeared at the 2022 Eastern ACDA Region Conference in Boston, MA.
A graduate of Michigan State University and a University Distinguished Fellow, Dr. Voorhees holds a B.M. degree in Vocal Performance from Simpson College, has a Music Education certificate from Iowa State University, and a Master's Degree in Administration and Educational Leadership from Drake University. Prior to her studies at MSU, Voorhees taught public school for over fifteen years with experience at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. Her most recent appointment was the Director of Choral Activities at Waukee High School where she led a comprehensive choral program that included successful concert, show and jazz choir ensembles. During her tenure, the A Cappella Choir appeared at the 2015 American Choral Director’s Association National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, she had an active voice studio and accompanying schedule as well, playing for several local churches, as well as directing adult and civic youth choirs.
Beyond the University duties, Dr. Voorhees serves as a member of the resident conducting faculty for the CORO/Simpson College Summer Master’s in Choral Conducting Program. During the summer, she teaches conducting lessons, leads masterclasses, presents seminars and produces concerts featuring the graduate conductors.
Dr. Voorhees is in demand as a clinician, guest conductor, and presenter. She has worked with choirs and conducted festivals in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Her presentations and workshop sessions have been shared at colleges, universities and numerous ACDA and NAFME state conferences.
Voorhees has held numerous leadership roles throughout her career including the Affirmative Action Committee for the Waukee Community Schools. She is a current member of NAfMe and the American Choral Director’s Association, serving on the Pennsylvania-ACDA executive board as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator. She held previous positions with the state ACDA Board of Directors for Iowa and the Michigan State Vocal Music Association as Coordinator of Student Activities.