Conferences & Institutes
Week 1 Sunday, June 15 - Friday, June 20 2014
Karol Kinard Kimmell is the Director of Youth & Children's Music at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA, directing seven singing and ringing choirs, PreKindergarten through Twelfth grade. Karol co-directs Lutheridge Music Week near Biltmore, NC, planning the week's innovative worship and serving as its First Camp Choral Clinician (1st & 2nd graders). She also co-directs and teaches at the Choristers Guild Institute, a three-year certification program for children's church choir directors held in Louisville, KY each summer. Her articles, anthem studies, and hymn arrangements have appeared in The Chorister and she has provided children's choir planning materials for the Augsburg Fortress publication Sundays and Seasons. Karol taught at Atlanta's Paideia School, directing the Elementary Choruses, from 2002 - 2010. In May 2009 she directed the North Carolina Sixth Grade All State Chorus and has presented workshops and reading sessions for Georgia American Choral Directors’ Association, Choristers Guild, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and Augsburg Fortress. She was on the faculty of Young Lutherans Sing (2005 - 2010), a summer choral experience led by Michael Burkhardt. Karol attended Wittenberg University and Lenoir-Rhyne College and received her BME (organ) from Lenoir-Rhyne, with additional vocal studies at Mannes School of Music (NYC) and training in Orff Schulwerk, Kindermusik and Musikgarten. While in New York City, Karol sang with the Riverside Church Choir. Karol has previously served as organist and choir director in churches in NC, SC and GA and taught pre-school music for 15 years.
Week 2 Sunday, June 22 - Friday, June 27, 2014
Michael Wu serves as Director of Music at Faith United Methodist Church in Rockville, MD. He holds degrees in Organ Performance and Church Music from the Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University. He has completed all four levels of OAKE certification coursework at Westminster Choir College, and the first three levels of CME certification at Ithaca College. This native Washingtonian has toured with American choirs and given organ recitals throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. He is a Children’s Choirs Standards and Repertoire Chair for the American Choral Directors’ Association (Maryland/DC Chapter), he has given presentations for ACDA and the Maryland Music Educators Association, he has served as clinician for choirs festivals in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and he has composed original music for choirs and bells, and arranged hymns for brass, organ, choir and congregation (member ASCAP).
Michael also teaches choral music at Landon School in Bethesda, MD, an all-boys, non-sectarian college preparatory day school for grades 3-12. He teaches general music to grades 3-5 and conducts six choral ensembles for boys in grades 3 through 8. His Landon choirs have been invited by audition to participate in the National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall, and have worked with notable musicians, including Maestro Leonard Slatkin of the National Symphony Orchestra, Charles Bruffy of the Phoenix and Kansas City Chorales, the American BoyChoir, and the Land of Lakes Choirboys.
Beyond Landon, Michael serves as Conductor of the Bel Canto Chorus of the Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW), founded and led by Artistic Director Joan Gregoryk. The ensemble, in its seventh year, is an intermediate level choir in the CCW program (http://www.childrenschorus.com), which includes over 30 students in grades 4-9. Bel Canto Chorus was the featured children's choir in John Rutter's Mass of the Children, conducted by the composer in DC in 2007. The group has toured Chicago, New York and Philadelphia; collaborated with the Thomas Circle Singers, the Washington Mastersingers, American University, and the Columbia Union College Orchestra; and participated in the Appalachian Young Voices Choral Festival in Charleston, West Virginia. Michael has taught changing voice strategies and Middle School choral music best practices for Maryland Music Educators, Baltimore County Public Schools, and Washington DC area teachers through a CCW teacher-training day.