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Dr. James Stegall
Director of Choral Activities
James Stegall is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Western Illinois University. He conducts the Western Illinois University Singers and Madrigal Singers. The Illinois Music Educators Association recently honored Dr. Stegall with the “Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence” at their All-State Conference in Peoria, Illinois. Described as a vibrant, energetic conductor, he develops enthusiasm in his students through effective communication both in the classroom and on the podium. His natural approach to voice and conducting supports artistic singing while encouraging vocal health. Through juried application, his Western Illinois University Singers have appeared at over 18 professional music conferences at the state, regional and national levels and also on professional venues with the Kansas City Symphony, the Peoria Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, Dallas Brass, and with jazz artist Nneena Frelon.
Dr. Stegall has received international attention through his Western Illinois University “First Year Experience” project, Nature and Spirituality: An Interdisciplinary Choral Concert presented at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii and also for 52 Years of Song: The music of American master composer Kirke Mechem for the Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He makes frequent appearances as a guest conductor, All-State clinician and lecturer on vocal production, choral conducting and motivation throughout the country.
Dr. Stegall is a member of the College Music Society, The Society for American Music, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Illinois Music Educators Association and is a founding member of Southwest and Midwest Liederkranz. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A.) and Stephen F. Austin State University (B.M. / M.A.).
Dr. Heather Zosel
Choral Music Education
Heather Zosel, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Western Illinois University, holds a DMA in choral conducting at the University of Arizona, where she studied under Bruce Chamberlain and Elizabeth Schauer. While at the UA, Ms. Zosel was Assistant Director of the University Community Chorus, and served as collegiate president of the American Choral Directors Association. She sang in the Arizona Choir, Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Musica Sonora, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Coro, and has been featured in performances of Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion.
Ms. Zosel holds a BM in music education and an MA in choral conducting, both from Washington State University, where she studied under Lori Wiest. She sang in the Washington State University Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir; performed in opera and musical theatre choruses for productions of Die Fledermaus, She Loves Me, Carmen and High Society; and also received the prestigious Presser Award for outstanding scholarship and musical ability.
Ms. Zosel recently completed a one-year contract at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was Interim Director of Choral Activities. Before receiving her doctorate, she served as Director of Choirs and Bands at Oroville High School, and conductor of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra Chorus, both in Washington State. She is active in musical theatre and has served as chorus master, vocal coach and accompanist for three production companies in the Okanogan Valley area, for shows including Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, and Cats.