Janet Galván

Dr. Galván conducts the Ithaca College Women's Chorale, the Ithaca College Chorus, and is artistic director for the Ithaca Children's Choir. Her New York colleagues recognized Dr. Galván’s contribution to choral music in 1995 when she received the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) New York Outstanding Choral Director Award. In 2010, she founded the chorus UNYC which has performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Lanfranco Marcelleti, conductor).

Dr. Galván has conducted national, regional, and all-state choruses throughout the United States in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Constitution Hall, Minneapolis’ Symphony Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, and Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She has conducted her own choral ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall as well as in concert halls in Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Austria, Canada, and Spain. Her choral ensembles have also appeared at national, regional, and state music conferences. She has conducted the chamber orchestra, Virtuosi Pragneses, the State Philharmonic of Bialystok, Poland, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Madrid Chamber Orchestra, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in choral/orchestral performances. Galván was the sixth national honor choir conductor for ACDA, and was the conductor of the North American Children’s Choir which performed annually in Carnegie Hall from 1995-2007. She was also a guest conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2002.

Galván has been a guest conductor and clinician in the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Brazil as well as national and regional choral and music education conferences and the World Symposium on Choral Music. She was on the faculty for the first Transient Glory Symposium in New York and will be on the faculty for the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute, the Transient Glory Symposium in February of 2012.

Galván has two choral music series with the Roger Dean Publishing Company and is the author of chapters in two books, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 and The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing and Teaching. She is also the series advisor to Latin Accents, a series with Boosey & Hawkes. Her article on the changing voice was published in the International Federation of Choral Music Journal in August of 2007 and was reprinted in La Circulare del Secretariat de Corals Infantils de Catalunga.

Galván has been recognized as one of the country’s leading conducting teachers, and her students have received first place awards and have been finalists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the American Choral Directors biennial National Choral Conducting Competition. Dr. Galván was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Shaw Festival Singers (Telarc Recordings).

Galván is the founder and faculty advisor of the Ithaca College ACDA Student Chapter. This chapter has won Outstanding Student Chapter at the last three national conventions of ACDA. She is past president of NYACDA.

André J. Thomas

André Thomas will be in residence for the first two days of the workshop.

André J. Thomas  is the recently retired Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. He was appointed Professor of Choral Conducting and Interim conductor of the Yale Camerata 2020-2021. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A.), Northwestern University (M. M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A). He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa.

Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive. They include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians’ summer residency of the World Youth Choir in China and the Philippines. He was also the conductor of the winter residency of the World Youth Choir in Europe, and a premier performance by an American Choir (Florida State University Singers) in Vietnam.

 He has been the guest conductor of such distinguished ensembles as the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England, the Berlin Radio Choir and the North German Radio Choir in Germany, the Netherlands Radio Choir, The Bulgarian Radio Choir and Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, China’s People’s Liberation Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Since 1988, he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus.

 Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. Hinshaw Music Company, Mark Foster Music Company, Fitzsimons Music Company, Lawson Gould, Earthsongs, Choristers Guild, and Heritage Music Company publish his compositions and arrangements.

 Dr. Thomas has produced two instructional videos "What They See Is What You Get" on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and "Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice" on adolescent voices, with Anton Armstrong. His recent book "Way Over in Beulah Lan’.  Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual" has quickly become a major source in this area of study.

 Thomas has been recognized by various musical organizations. The African Diaspora Sacred Music honored Dr. Thomas as a Living Legend. In 2011 Thomas’ dedication to and accomplishments in the choral arts were recognized by his peers in Chorus America when that organization presented Dr. Thomas with its Distinguished Service Award. In March of 2017 ACDA presented Thomas with its highest honor, The Robert Shaw Award, and in November of 2017 NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization) presented Thomas with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In January 2019 he was inducted into the Florida Music Educator’s Hall of Fame. 

 He is a past president of the Florida ACDA and the past president of the Southern Division of ACDA, and the current Vice President of National ACDA and the artistic Chairman of the 2021 National Convention.

Sean Linfors

Sean Linfors holds a Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from Florida State University, and is an educator, conductor, and clinician.  A public school teacher for ten years in Richmond, Virginia, Newport News, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida, he led successful choral programs and was active in the leadership of the state ACDA.  He has presented on the topics of teaching for transfer in the choral rehearsal and on the use of solfege beyond sight-singing.  His recent articles relate to his dissertation research into the choral music of the American composer Stephen Paulus. 

While at Florida State, Linfors directed performances of graduate and undergraduate choirs and orchestras, the FSU Opera, and FSU Musical Theatre.  Recent performances include David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, under the supervision of the composer; Sing for the Cure, for chorus, orchestra, and narrator; and Schubert's Mass in E-flat, with the Tallahassee Community Chorus.  While Linfors was the Associate Director of the Greater Richmond Children's Choir, the group was invited to perform at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.  

Dr. Linfors is an active adjudicator and clinician for schools and choral organizations.  Recently, he has been invited to conduct choral festivals in Nairobi, Kenya, and Jakarta, Indonesia, and in fall 2016, he will begin teaching at Ithaca College as Visiting Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education.

Richard Eleck

Richard Eleck currently serves on the Music Education faculty at Ithaca College. He recently retired as the Director of Bands at Cortland Senior High School in Cortland, NY where he taught from 1987-2017. Prior to coming to Cortland, Mr. Eleck served as Director of the Jazz Band and Lecturer in Jazz at Cayuga Community College.  Mr. Eleck serves as an All-State and Major Organization adjudicator as well as the Percussion Coordinator for the New York State School Music Association. He is a past president of the New York State Field Band Conference. His principal percussion teachers have been Gordon Stout, George Kiteley and Tom Fries.  He has studied conducting with Rodney Winther, Stephen Peterson and Col. Arnald Gabriel.

Mr. Eleck served the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes as principal percussionist and timpanist for over 10 years. In addition, he is a freelance percussionist and drumset player. Credits include performing with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble X and the B.C. Pops Orchestra.  He is an alumnus of the Bluecoats and Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps and is a former DCA National Individual Champion Mallet Soloist.

Neil Adams

Neil Adams grew up in the Finger Lakes area and attended Monroe Community College as a Music Major. After deciding to pursue band instrument repair he completed apprenticeships in Rochester NY, Dallas Texas, and San Jose California where he continued to work as a woodwind technician. In 2001 He set up and managed a repair shop for one of the largest music companies in southern California. Over his 28 year career he has repaired instruments for many professional musicians including members of the Tonight Show Band and recording artists Dave Koz and Branford Marsalis. In 2009 he returned to his roots in upstate NY to open his own repair business. In 2018 he joined the Ithaca College School of Music staff as the Instrument Repair Shop Manager and currently teaches 3 instrument repair courses.