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Staff for All-State Choral Camp

Dr. Cory GanschowDr. Cory Ganschow: Dr. Cory Ganschow is currently Director of Choral Activities at Bradley University. She is extremely active as an adjudicator and clinician for honor choirs across the country including All-State, All-Region, and All-District Choirs. Prior to teaching at Bradley, Ganschow was Coordinator of Music Education and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Western Connecticut State University. She has taught choir in the Texas and Illinois public schools, continues to sing professionally, and is a published researcher and presenter in the areas of choral sound, rehearsal approaches, and engagement.

Her life’s work emerged from experiencing a moment of sound so profound that her core-beliefs about choral singing were transformed. That transformation lead to her infinite search for how to not only re-create that sound for her students to experience, but how to teach others to re-create that sound and experience for their students: a search that lead to the discovery that choral sound is more than a combination of perfected musical, acoustical, and technical elements. The greatest contribution to a choir’s sound is its unified intention to create a moment that will change the human spirit. And so, Ganschow’s mission continues as she works to define the exact phenomena that craft those moments, because, in the end, that change in the human spirit is the legacy left behind. 

She holds a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a MME from Illinois State University and a BME from Millikin University where she studied conducting with Dr. Brad Holmes. 

Dr. Kerry Walters

Dr. Kerry Walters:  Dr. Kerry Walters is Associate Professor of Music at Bradley University where she coordinates voice studies and directs the BU Women’s Choir.  She directs the BU Opera Workshop and teaches courses in Diction, Vocal Literature and Pedagogy, Music Education, and is the principal voice instructor in the department.  Dr. Walters has enjoyed performing as soloist in past concerts of the Peoria Bach Festival, the Bradley Community Chorus, and the Peoria Sing-It-Yourself-Messiah..  She has given recitals in many parts of the country including New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, Texas, and here in Illinois.  Early in her career she sang with Robert Shaw in south central France and has been guest soloist with the Bradley Chorale on overseas trips to Denmark, Italy, and Spain.  She holds the D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the M.A.T. from Portland State University in her native Oregon, and the BMUS degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon.

Michelle BrowerMichelle Brower: Collaborative Pianist. Michelle Brower, born and raised in Bartonville, Illinois, studied Piano Performance with Gellert Modos at Illinois State University, where she earned both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She currently teaches for the piano preparatory program at Bradley University, and she accompanies Bradley music students.  Mrs. Brower also accompanies for many local school districts such as Dunlap, Princeville, and Chillicothe, and is Director of Music at Mossville United Methodist Church.  Besides spending time with her husband and two teenage boys, her favorite place to be is seated at the keyboard playing with other musicians.

Additional Staff:  Several Bradley University music education students will serve as camp counselors and section leaders.