AEA State Reps

Sometimes when we first start out in a cappella, it can feel like you are totally alone. We want to help fix that. No matter where you are located in the US, we have a representative who is dedicated to building up the community in your surrounding area. Get to know them by searching for your state or neighbor state below! AEA reps are always available to chat via email or phone.
Chris Cross

Chris Cross

Arkansas

Chris Cross is teaches at Jacksonville High School in the newly formed Jacksonville North Pulaski School District. He serves as the director of the Jacksonville High School vocal music program known as JHS Vocal Soul. The program features Rising Trebles Chorus, Titan Trebles, Fellas Chorus, Honors Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Vocal Jazz.  JHS Vocal Soul has consistently had scholars placed in the ArkCDA all-region and all-state choirs. JHS Vocal Jazz was the first Arkansas based group to make top 6 finalists of the Voicejam International A Cappella Music Festival where they tied second for the Voicejam Crowd Favorite. e: / ph:

Lisa Forkish

Lisa Forkish

California

Lisa Forkish is an award-winning singer, songwriter, arranger, educator and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Since 2011, Lisa has been Vocal Music faculty at Oakland School for the Arts where she is also founder/director of the school’s 5-time national champion a cappella group, Vocal Rush. Lisa is a prolific arranger, nominated for numerous Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and commissioned works for a cappella and choral ensembles including the Oakland Symphony Chorus. Lisa has led six different a cappella groups to place in competitions around the country. Lisa’s latest vocal music project HIVE is a group of 5 humans making music with just their voices and some crazy sound effects – all while trying to make the world a better place. More info about Lisa at www.lisaforkish.com and on social media @lisaforkish. e: music@lisaforkish.com / ph: 510-499-4899

Matthew Swope

Matthew Swope

Florida

Matthew Swope, Secretary, is the Director of Choral Activities and the Performing Arts Department Chair at Winter Park High School in Winter Park, FL, where he directs two a cappella groups—Take 7 as well as Naughty Scotty and the Octapella. Choirs under his direction have performed at Florida ACDA (2011, 2015, and 2018), NACC (2018), FMEA (2016), and the ICHSA Finals (2012 and 2015). Swope has served on the voice faculty of Rollins College, on the staff of Camp A Cappella, and as a founding member of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers. He holds B.A. and M.M. degrees from the The Pennsylvania State University. e: matthew.swope@acappellaeducators.com / ph: 717-830-9255

Amy Branahl

Amy Branahl

Illinois

Amy Branahl graduated from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) with a BME and MME degrees in Choral Music Education (Voice/Piano).   She has also taken the intensive Choral Conducting Symposium at Westminster Choir College where she worked with world renown conductors such as Kansas City/Phoenix Chorale conductor Charles Bruffy, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Bruce Chamberlain. Currently, she is a teacher at Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois. Prior to coming to Niles West Branahl taught at London Middle School in CCSD 21 for four years. e: amybra@d219.org / ph:

Brandon Wade

Brandon Wade

Kansas

Brandon Wade is ithe choral director at Pratt High School and Liberty Middle School. His select choir, Pratt High Singers, had the opportunity to open for the vocal acapella group, Six Appeal. He also serves as the music director for the Pratt High School musicals each year, which have won multiple Jesters, an award from the Music Theater of Wichita. Brandon has been an active member of the Kansas Music Educators Association and has served as the SW High School Choir Chair and currently serves as the SW District President. Brandon enjoys working with choirs of all ages and is honored to clinic and adjudicate choirs across the state of Kansas. e: brandon.wade@acappellaeducators.com / ph:

Alexis Paxton

Alexis Paxton

Kentucky

A graduate of Sam Houston State and the University of Louisville, Alexis Paxton currently serves as the Choral Director at Louisville Male High School. She also directs Bulldog Beats, Male’s a cappella group, as well as Cardinal Rule from the University of Louisville. She has served as a judge for choral and a cappella events, as well as leading choirs to the stage of ACDA Regional conventions. e: paxton@gmail.com / ph: 502-500-9942

Cameron Weatherford

Cameron Weatherford

Louisiana

Cameron Weatherford has been Choral Director at Alexandria Senior High since 2012. Mr. Weatherford graduated from Louisiana College in 2009 where he received his B.M. in Church Music. In 2012, he graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi receiving his M.M. in Choral Conducting. He has had opportunities to conduct in Italy, Taiwan, and Jamaica during his time of study. He has also conducted honor choirs in District I, District II, and District VII in Louisiana as well as adjudicated for Louisiana All-State auditions. Mr. Weatherford has been featured as a session presenter in both Mississippi and Louisiana ACDA Conferences. His arrangements have been performed in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and New Jersey. e: Cameron.weatherford@rpsb.us / ph:

Michael Brisentine

Michael Brisentine

Maryland

Michael Brisentine graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. He was a member of the elite Chamber Singers and performed in such notable venues as the White House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and several concert halls in South Korea. They were also the headlining group for multiple ACDA conventions. He also was the music director for UMD’s award-winning a cappella group, Faux Paz, which advanced to the Finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella his senior year. He was also a main arranger for Faux’s set in 2016, which awarded them 3rd place at Finals. He currently directs all choirs at Chesapeake Senior High School including the school’s contemporary a cappella group, Evolve. e: michael.brisentine@acappellaeducators.com / ph:

Brian Haverkate

Brian Haverkate

Michigan

Brian Haverkate is a choral music education graduate of Florida State University where he was the founder of the co-ed a cappella group All-Night Yahtzee.  He also spent two years at Michigan State University where he was a founding member of the Accafellas.  He has taught choral music education at the secondary level since 2001 and currently teaches in Clarkston, Michigan.  Aside from his duties teaching choir during the school day, he also directs three different extra-curricular a cappella groups (grades 6-12), including Detroit Voice.  He does a lot of arranging for his groups (and others), and his favorite past time besides music is playing hockey. e: bdhaverkate@clarkston.k12.mi.us / ph:

Ryan Perrotte

Ryan Perrotte

Minnesota

Ryan Perrotte is president and co-founder of In Tune With the Arts Studios, Inc. in Gibsonia, PA. Ryan is known for his wide range of styles in his choral teaching that consists of barbershop, sacred, secular, contemporary a cappella, jazz, and musical theatre. He directed Rowdy Rhythm, the full ensemble choir at Peters Township HS, in a performance of Wayne Grimmer’s Camptown Races at the Saturday Night Spectacular at the International Barbershop Competition at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, the summer of 2015. His group was also invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC with Deke Sharon and some of the the cast of the Pitch Perfect movies for Total Vocal II in the spring of 2016. He has coached many high school barbershop quartets, one of which was the only high school quartet to place in the top 5 at the Sweet Adelines International “Rising Star” Competition. e: perrotte@acappellaeducators.com / ph:

 

Adam Petroski

Adam Petroski

Minnesota

Adam Petroski is the choir director at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, MN. He performed in Lake Effect, UMD’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, for three years which included two performances at the International Symposium for Music Education in Beijing, China. Adam is teaches 7th-12th grade choirs. The a cappella group at BSM, the Red Knotes, are already making a mark in the growing Minnesota a cappella scene. Please contact Adam with ANY questions at all! He would love to help get anyone started with a cappella singing! e: apetroski@bsmschool.org / ph:

Jarrod Hendricks

Jarrod Hendricks

MIssouri

Jarrod Hendricks is the director of choirs at Warrenton High School in Warrenton, MO. His choirs consistently receive the highest ratings at MSHSSA district and state festivals. A graduate of Culver-Stockton college with B.M.E and Central Methodist Unviversity M.M.E, he is and avid clinician and judge across the state.  Under the direction of Jarrod Hendricks, Pitch the keys started out as an interest group 3 years ago and performed just for the community. In their first year competing in 2014 they received 4th in their region and two out of the five outstanding performances for the competition. e: jarhend@gmail.com / ph:

Jamie Saucier

Jamie Saucier

New Hampshire

Jamie Saucier is the Student Involvment Coordinator and director of Milling Around, a cappella group, at UNH in Manchester, NH as well as the choral director of the Merrimack Concert Association Choir in Merrimack, NH. Mr. Saucier has received his B.A. in music from the University of New Hampshire, his M.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College and his C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership: Arts, Leadership and Learning from Plymouth State University. He also created Voices of the (603), which invites all middle and high schools in the state to learn, sing, and breathe a cappella for a day through clinics and a friendly competition at the states most prestigious arts center. e: jamie.saucier@acappellaeducators.com / ph:

Tom Paster

Tom Paster

New Jersey

Thomas Paster is the director of vocal music at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ, as well as director of music at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Warren, NJ. Mr. Paster has been an adjunct professor of music at Kean University and William Paterson University and received a BM from Ithaca College and an MS from the University of Scranton. His a cappella group Highlands Voices has won the ICHSA Mid-Atlantic States A Cappella Championship 3 times. Tom is also an active composer/arranger and writes most of the contemporary a cappella arrangements performed by the Highlands Voices. e: pastert@northernhighlands.org / ph:

Dawn Wagner

Dawn Wagner

New Mexico

Dawn Wagner is currently the Choral Director at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She spent the last two years at Kent State University got her Master of Music in Choral Conducting. During the second year of her studies, she was a choral graduate assistant and directed the University Women’s Chorus and taught Arranging. Dawn is an alumna of the nationally known a cappella group Eleventh Hour from Kettering Fairmont High School. In February 2013, she presented a session entitled “Young Director’s Session: Protecting Your Job” at the OMEA Professional Development Conference in Columbus, Ohio. e: dawn.wagner@aps.edu / ph:

Justin Glodich

Justin Glodich

New York

Justin Glodich is a choral director in the Valley Central School District in Montgomery, NY. After his time as a member of the SUNY Potsdam Pointercounts, Justin would become the vocal percussionist of the award-winning professional vocal rock band, The Fault Line, which garnered national attention as semi-finalists on Season 2 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and was also mentioned in the Mickey Rapkin book, Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, and Brody McDonald’s book, A Cappella Pop. Today, Justin aims to build a growing interest in a cappella geared towards middle school students. e: justin.glodich@gmail.com / ph:

Dr. Bill Adams

Dr. Bill Adams

North Carolina

Bill Adams has been a working professional musician for 30 years.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree in Opera from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (Choral and Instrumental) from California State University, San Bernardino. Bill is a founding member of Avante, a professional jazz a cappella ensemble in North Carolina.  He is also the founder and director of the professional men’s chamber ensemble riverdeep.  He currently serves as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Heart of Carolina Barbershop Chorus in Durham, North Carolina.  He is in demand as a clinician and coach for everything from state-level honor choirs, a cappella camps and masterclasses, to coaching local church choirs, community ensembles and barbershop quartets. e: bill.adams@acappellaeducators.com, ph:

Brody McDonald

Brody McDonald

Ohio

Brody McDonald, Vice President, is the director of choirs at Kettering Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio. His Choirs consistently receives the highest rating at OMEA adjudicated events, and have performed regularly at OMEA, ACDA Central Division and ACDA National Conference. In addition, they have performed with international artists such as Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins and the Texas Boy’s Choir. Brody is also the Vice President of AEA. e: brody.mcdonald@acappellaeducators.com / ph:

Danny Murray

Danny Murray

Tennessee

Danny Murray has coaches musicians at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Danny and his wife Debbie Murray founded and directed the ensemble NEW HARVEST; recording some 11 projects and touring internationally for 15 years. He has served as Music Minister for the North Cleveland Church of God, was on the Church of God Music Ministries Board, and has also assisted as the program Director for Teen Talent. Danny is a favorite choral clinician who brings practical instruction, humor and lots of heart to inspire singers to present their musical worship with excellence. His a cappella group, Voices of Lee, placed 3rd on season 1 of The Sing-Off. e: DanMurray@leeuniversity.edu / ph:

Will Chandler

Will Chandler

Texas

Will Chandler is the Choir Director at Western Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas and directs their contemporary a cappella ensemble, Talk is Cheap.  Choirs under his direction have gone on to win sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation and even had the opportunity to open for LSU’s A Cappella Choir when they were on tour in Texas the Spring of 2015.  Along with his duties as a high school director, Will directs the Credo Youth Choir at First United Methodist Church-Denton, has presented at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, and has chaired committees for the Texas Choral Directors Association. e: will.chandler@acappellaeducators.com / ph: 
Ryan Stumpges

Ryan Stumpges

Wisconsin

Ryan Stuempges is the high school choral director for the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District in Western Wisconsin.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and is currently in his 12th year teaching.  Stuempges currently directs Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, Musical Theatre Productions, and 2 A Cappella groups at his school. Stuempges also teaches a cappella masterclasses, educator sessions, and interests sessions throughout the a cappella community.  He also helps with judging various competitions and video submissions for the A Cappella Education Association. e: / ph: