One highlight of this month’s American Music Performance Nationals for High School & Youth Choirs in New York City is our participation in special workshops with well-known clinicians, conductors and composers.
Our choristers are very fortunate to have a private workshop with Dr. Lynne Gackle, Professor of Ensembles and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University (Waco, TX) where she conducts the Baylor Bella Voce (Women’s Ensemble) and the Baylor Concert Choir. Gackle is an active clinician, conductor and adjudicator for choral clinics, honor choirs, workshops and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Gackle has conducted All-State choirs in 28 states, several divisional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) honor choirs and two ACDA national honor choirs. Her choirs performed at ACDA state, division, and national conferences and the Music Educators National Conference Biennial Convention. Internationally, she conducted the Australian National Choral Association’s High School Women’s Choir in Brisbane, the Alberta Choral Federation’s High School Honour Choir in Calgary, the DoDDS-Europe Honors Music Festival Mixed Choir, (Wiesbaden, Germany), the Haydn Youth Festival in Vienna, and the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) International Women’s Honor Choir in Beijing, China.
Gackle has a Florida connection, too — both in her education and in her founding of the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs in Tampa in 1992. Gackle received her BME from Louisiana State University and her MM and Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
This is a wonderful opportunity for our choristers to broaden their choral experience. We look forward to working with Dr. Gackle!