ALL-State 2021 May 6, 2021 – May 8, 2021
NMACDA 2020 Elementary Choir
Dr. Susan Brumfield is Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University and Artistic Director of The West Texas Children’s Chorus. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Brumfield is known for her work as a teacher, author, composer, and conductor. An internationally recognized expert in the Kodály approach, Susan Brumfield is the author of First, We Sing! Kodály-Inspired Teaching in the Music Classroom, a series of textbooks and song anthologies published by Hal Leonard Music. Infrequent demand as a commissioned composer, clinician, and guest conductor throughout the country, she recently conducted the ACDA Eastern Division Children’s Honor Choir, and joined the artistic staff of the Pacific International Choral Festival as conductor of its Treble Choral Festival Choir.
Dr. Brumfield was honored in both 2012 and 2014 with the Texas Tech University College of Visual and Performing Arts Award for Outstanding Research, and as a two-time finalist for the President’s Book Award. She was the 2019 recipient of the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Award for Research at Texas Tech University.
NMACDA 2021 Youth Choir
Robert J. Ward currently serves as director of Choral Studies at The Ohio State University where he conducts the Men’s Glee Club and University Chorus. He also teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. Prior to his appointment at Ohio State, Dr. Ward was for sixteen years a member of the music faculty at Oklahoma State University. He has been honored with invitations to present concerts and lectures for National ACDA, National Collegiate Choral Organization. North Central Division ACDA, Central Division ACDA, International Kodaly Educators, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, as well as Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia Choral Directors Associations. He is currently the editor of a choral series published by Santa Barbara Music Publishers.
NMACDA 2021 Treble Choir
Dr. Randi Bolding is in her second year as Director of Choral Studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM where she conducts the University Singers, Statesmen, and Masterworks Chorale. Additionally, she teaches graduate and undergraduate choral literature, undergraduate and graduate conducting, as well as choral methods courses. She previously taught conducting, choral methods, qualitative research and supervised student teachers as well as founded and conducted the Singing Cardsmen, the premiere men’s chorus, at the University of Louisville. After just one-year Cardsmen were invited and performed at the annual 2017 KMEA (Kentucky Music Educators Association) state conference. In 2018 the Singing Cardsmen were invited as the premiere ensemble at the Collegiate Choral Showcase at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Bolding’s choirs have been asked to record and produce virtual Holiday Cards for the university. Her choirs do a tremendous amount of outreach, collaboration, and music video projects for campus advocacy for students’ mental and physical health. During Dr. Bolding’s time in Louisville, she served on the executive board as the KY ACDA Collegiate Chair. She was responsible for organizing, hiring clinicians and accompanists, working with venues, and communicating with directors around the state for the KY ACDA Collegiate Honor Choir. Dr. Bolding also worked closely with the President launching the state’s first Choral Conservatory for high school students interested in music education.
Dr. Bolding was also active in serving KMEA as District Collegiate Chair. In addition to her service, conducting, and teaching, Dr. Bolding is an active adjudicator and clinician for regional and state organizations from the middle/junior high school to the collegiate level. Dr. Bolding has worked with ensembles and has been asked to present at state conferences across the country, speaking on topics such as tenor/bass literature, teaching high school at-risk populations, building secondary choral programs, selecting repertoire, rehearsal strategies and developing sight-reading curriculums. She holds degrees from Michigan State University (B.M. in Music Education and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting) as well as from the University of Texas at Austin (M.M. in Choral Conducting.) Through all of her accomplishments, she is most proud to bear the titles of Cancer Survivor and Mommy!