Boyd Bacon is a 25-year faculty member at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Director of Fine Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church. At Nebraska Wesleyan he directs the Touch of Class Jazz Choir and the men’s chorus. He also teaches first year music theory and musicianship, studio voice, and a class in arranging and instrumentation. Bacon has published compositions with 19 different companies, both in school and church choral music. He has filled commissions for compositions and arrangements for churches and schools in Nebraska, Kansas, and California, in band as well as choral music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a piano major and Master of Music degree with a composition major, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received the first Choral Director of the Year Award presented by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association and was honored as an outstanding teacher by the UNL Teachers College Alumni Association. He is a recent ASCAP Award winner.
Dan Hays is associate professor of theatre and musical theatre coordinator for Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dan has served as associate director for the Young Americans Outreach Tours and teaches for the YA Summer Music Camp. He spent many years as an actor, director, musical director and choreographer. He directed the Pennsylvania All State Choir in January 2012, and will be a guest director for the Nebraska Choral Director Association’s summer Musical Theatre All-State in July 2012. He has received many teaching honors including the Golden Apple Educator, the Sertoma Man of the Year award, and, most recently, the University of Nebraska at Kearney awarded him with the Outstanding Alumnus honor. He has spent 16 years as a high school music director in the Elkhorn and Blair High Schools in Nebraska. Dan and his wife, Kathy, live in Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Soprano Jana Holzmeier has been praised by reviewers as a “delightful performer” possessing “celestial” sound, “impeccable phrasing and a keen sense of character.” Her opera roles include Pamina in The Magic Flute and Laurie in The Tender Land. A member of the vocal music faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan, Holzmeier received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Her performance roles include solo appearances with the Lincoln Civic Orchestra, Victoria Bach Festival, the New Texas Festival, the Quad Cities Mozart Festival and the Handel Oratorio Society in Rock Island.
Dawn Pawlewski Krogh
Dawn Pawlewski Krogh received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Simpson College and her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory. She completed a Doctoral and Musical Arts degree in vocal performance in May 2005 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has also performed in a variety of productions, including the premieres of The Divine Madness and O Pioneers.
Pawlewski Krogh is a former member of the Opera Iowa troupes which toured Japan, and has also performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Lincoln Opera in Chicago. She is currently Director of Opera Theatre and a member of the vocal music faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Dr. Janene Sheldon teaches Applied Voice, Women’s Choir, and Singer’s Diction at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Sheldon has appeared on stage with the Young Americans as a dancer/vocalist in Jesus Christ Superstar, and has performed the roles of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Carrie in Carousel, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, and numerous others. She was music and worship director for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church and has done music direction and accompanying for the Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl and the Lincoln Boys Choir. Sheldon is a paid singer at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lincoln.
Robert Rickover graduated from the School of Alexander Studies in London, where he later served on the faculty. He studied over 15 years with master Alexander teacher Marjorie Barstow and frequently assisted her with group teaching. He holds degrees in physics and economics from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rickover is the author of Fitness Without Stress—A Guide to Alexander Technique and is on the faculty of the Annual Barstow/Alexander Technique Institute. He is the creator of The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique website at alexandertechnique.com.