Dr. Angela Kasper Broeker
Angela Broeker was recently hired at Western Washington University where she conducts three choirs and teaches undergraduate courses in choral methods. Before this appointment, she was Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas for 20 years during which time her choirs performed at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Director's Association and toured extensively in Asia, Europe and South America.
In addition to her university responsibilities, Dr. Broeker presents for national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She serves as guest conductor for numerous honor choirs including the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in 2015, honor choirs at the Eastern, Southern, Southwest, North Central, Northwest and Central Division ACDA regional conferences, National Honor Choirs at numerous OAKE conferences, and all-state choirs in more than 35 states. International conducting engagements include honor choirs in Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Qingdao, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Dubai.
Dr. Broeker received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and her M.M. and B.M.E. degrees from Indiana University. Her research interests include authentic, respectful performance of music from diverse cultures as well as the exploration of varied vocal colors that are possible with this repertoire. Recently, she presented keynote speeches around the themes of community and inclusion within the choral experience and is serving on the National ACDA Committee for Diversity Initiatives. She served as guest editor of the April 2006 Choral Journal and has written articles for the Choral Journal in 2017, 2011, 2008, and 2006. Other publications include the July 2000 Music Educators Journal, the NAfME Spotlight on Teaching Chorus, as well as many local and regional music publications. The book she coauthored with Mary Goetze and Ruth Boshkoff, Educating Young Singers, is published with GIA.
Emily Floyd has served at Shallowford Presbyterian Church as Director of Music Ministries since 2008, directing a 65 member adult choir, 90 member youth choir, two handbell choirs, and supervising children’s music ministry. In addition to her church work, Emily teaches at the Choristers Guild Institute. Past engagements include conducting the Georgia Statewide 6th Grade Honor Choir and conducting at the Montreat Worship Conference, Lutheridge Music Conference, and the Ontario Christian High School Choral Festival. She serves as a guest conductor for honor choirs and schools around the state of Georgia. Her 2020 engagements include headlining the Choristers Guild Midwinter Conference (youth choir) and speaker at the American Guild of Organists National Conference. She has presented workshops for ACDA, Choristers Guild, Fayette County Schools, and the One Song Church Music Conference. Choirs under her direction have performed in such international venues as St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. The Shallowford Youth Choir has sung in 17 states in the United States and tours in Scotland every 4 years.
Emily attended the Florida State University and received the Bachelor Degree in Music Education (voice) magna cum laude. Emily has taught choral music in public schools and directed church choirs of all ages in Florida, Illinois, and Georgia for 24 years. Emily is passionate about reaching as many young singers as possible (“drawing the circle wide”) and awakening their inner choral artist. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Choristers Guild, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. She holds the Choristers Guild Children’s Choir Leadership Certification. Emily lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenage daughters.