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laura farnell

Laura Farnell is a choral composer, clinician, accompanist, and adjudicator who resides in Arlington, Texas. After graduating summa cum laude from Baylor University with her BME in Choral Music (with a piano emphasis), Laura taught for ten years at the elementary and junior high levels. She was honored by her schools with Teacher of the Year awards in 2000 and 2003, and she received an Excellence in Education Award in 2004 as the Arlington ISD's outstanding junior high teacher of the year.

Laura presently serves as an invited clinician for district, region, and state honor choirs across the country. She also presents workshops and reading sessions for choir directors at both district and state levels. She has served as a clinician and/or presented at music conferences in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. A prolific composer, she especially enjoys writing and arranging music for developing choirs. She is represented by several music publishers with more than seventy choral compositions and a co-authored sightsinging method book in publication. She and her husband, Russell, and their sons Ryan (9) and Will (5), attend First Presbyterian Church of Arlington where Russell serves as Minister of Music and Laura directs the children's choirs. 


All-State Intermediate Mixed Chorus
Dr. Brian Galante

Brian Galante is Associate Director of Choral Activities at PLU, 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 and Choral Literature.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Galante continues to find success and acclaim as a composer and arranger. His compositions are published by Galante Music, Walton and Colla Voce Music, have been performed by professional, collegiate, and advanced high school choirs throughout the United States and Europe, and recorded for commercial release by Centaur Records, MSR Classic, and PLU Media. He is the recipient of multiple ASCAP Plus awards, and a regular composer-in-residence for the Taylor Festival Choir (Charleston, SC).

Choirs under Dr. Galante’s direction have offered invitational performances in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York; the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas; Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur, Paris; the 2010 Washington Music Educators Association conference; the 2011 Northwest MENC Conference; and the 2012 Northwest Division ACDA Conference.

Frequently in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Galante has conducted honor choirs at all levels. He served as President of Louisiana ACDA from 2001-2003, and remains an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Washington ACDA, and the Washington Music Educators Association. He served as Program Chair of the 2010 Northwest ACDA Division Conference, on the National Technology Committee (2007-2011), and Associate Conference Chair of the 2013 National ACDA Conference. He is President-elect of the Northwest ACDA Division.


All-State Senior womens Chorus
Dr. Julie Yu

Dr. Julie Yu is Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University where she is part of a team that oversees eight choral ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting. 

Dr. Yu holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.

Before joining the Kansas State faculty, Dr. Yu taught at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma and San José State University.

She has given presentations and her choirs have performed for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the European Music Educators Association Conventions.  She is the Southwest American Choral Directors Association President Elect designate and a National Board Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.  She also serves as Artistic Director of the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale and the Vice President of the Flint Hills Children’s Choir.


All-State Senior mens Chorus
Dr. Andrew Crane

Andrew Crane was named Associate Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of the Brigham Young University Singers in 2015. Previous to this appointment, he served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, and six years in the same position at California State University, San Bernardino. He is also the former choral director at Provo High School.

Choirs under his direction have appeared by invitation at multiple conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education; and have won top prizes in international competitions. In 2015, he led the East Carolina University Chamber Singers to a first place finish in the 13th Maribor (Slovenia) International Choral Competition Gallus, the only American choir to win in the history of the contest. 

Since coming to BYU, he has conducted the University Singers in joint concerts with the King’s Singers, and also prepared the choir for performances of Handel’s Messiah with conductor Nigel Short and the British vocal ensemble Tenebrae.

Additionally, Dr. Crane enjoys a career as a professional solo and ensemble tenor, having appeared with such groups as Seraphic Fire, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Los Angeles Bach Festival, Yale Choral Artists, Vox Humana, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Master Chorale, Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, and others. 

Dr. Crane is active as a conductor of honor choirs, clinician, guest lecturer, and accompanist. Additionally, he serves as editor of the Andrew Crane Choral Series through Walton Music; and as President-Elect of Utah ACDA. His degrees include the BM in Music Education and MM in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.


All-State Senior mixed Chorus
Dr. Andrew Minear

With over one hundred appearances across thirteen states, Dr. Andrew Minear is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter. Recent or upcoming engagements include all-state choirs in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Dr. Minear’s dedication to students and passion for expressive music-making have been cultivated through teaching experiences in children’s, church, community, middle school, high school, and collegiate choral settings.

Dr. Andrew Minear serves as Assistant Professor in Choral Studies and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he leads the university choirs, oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. During his doctoral studies in choral conducting at Michigan State University, Andrew Minear served as the director of the MSU Campus Choir and assistant director of the MSU Men’s Glee Club.

During his tenure as Choral Director at Dr. Phillips High School, home of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, choirs under his direction performed to acclaim at State (2011), Southern Division (2012), and National (2013) Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. The DPHS Concert Choir performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and Minear’s students were selected over 180 times for All-State and ACDA Honor Choirs.

A proponent of lifelong singing, in 2014 Andrew Minear founded the Keep Singing Project, a service that connects graduating high school chorus seniors with choral organizations in their community or at their chosen college or university. He received his DMA from Michigan State University, and his BME and MME from Florida State University. For more info or to be in touch, visit