2020 Honor Choir Clinicians
Internationally celebrated for her artistic vision and top-tier choirs, Jeanne Wohlgamuth is a champion for choral education. Under her direction, the New World Singers received a special invitation to sing with the Vienna Boys Choir in a tour of Austria and Hungary in 2017. Ms. Wohlgamuth is the fine arts department chair and director of choirs at Dublin Jerome High School, a sought-after clinician and adjudicator, and a recipient of countless awards including the Community Champion Award presented by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Wohlgamuth is a fervent advocate for higher education. She has served as an adjunct professor in the master’s of music education program at the Kodály Institute at Capital University and taught choral methods to undergraduates. Ms. Wohlgamuth currently serves as vocal affairs chair for the Ohio Music Education Association, is the secondary choral advisor for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and sits on the repertoire and resources committee for the Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA) as the community children’s choir chair.
Middle School Clinician
Will Breytspraak is Director of Music Ministry at Village Presbyterian Church (Prairie Village, KS), where he leads several vocal and instrumental ensembles of all ages, and oversees the Village concert season. Before moving to Kansas City, Will was Director of Music at Northwood Presbyterian Church (Silver Spring, MD) and Chair of Performing Arts at Maret School (Washington, DC). Also Children’s Chorus Master at Washington National Opera (WNO) from 2013-2017, he prepared children for over fifty performances with the company. His first of eight engagements with WNO was as Children’s Chorus master for the world premiere performances of composer Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me (2013). Will was recognized by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello at Washington National Opera’s 60th Anniversary Gala for his work revitalizing the WNO Children’s Chorus.
Prior to moving to Washington, D.C. in 2013, Will served in a progression of roles at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta including Director of the School of Fine Arts, Director of Children’s Choirs, Director of Music, and Artistic Director of Musica Sacra Atlanta. In 2010, he conducted the Atlanta premiere of Stephen Paulus’ church opera The Three Hermits with the composer in attendance, and in 2011 he led performances of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors as a benefit for Childspring International. In 2012, Will took the Saint Cecilia Consort and Chorus (of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta) to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC) performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
Will’s first teaching position was at Pebblebrook High School (Atlanta, GA), one of the nation’s leading performing arts schools. As Director of Pebblebrook’s Vocal Music Division, he mentored many students who are now making successful careers in classical music, as well as several students now performing on Broadway and in television and film. Will and co-director Frank Timmerman led the Pebblebrook High School Chamber Choir when they were a featured choir at 2006 Southern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Charleston, West Virginia.
Will went to Saint Olaf College (Northfield, MN), where he studied conducting with Anton Armstrong, and toured for three years with the Saint Olaf Choir, also earning a degree in piano performance. Will was then awarded the E.H. Hillman scholarship to pursue graduate studies in conducting and choral literature with Joseph Flummerfelt and Andrew Megill at the Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), and tour as a baritone in the Westminster Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Middle School Accompanist