How do you balance choral excellence with personal wellness?
Known for his innovative pedagogy and ability to inspire singers of all ages, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, enjoys a multifaceted career as conductor, educator, singer, and speaker. Phillip is the Associate Conductor of VocalEssence where he shares the podium with founding artistic director, and mentor, Philip Brunelle and serves as the leader for education programs including WITNESS, ¡Cantaré! and the Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project. In addition to his work with VocalEssence, he serves as director of music, worship, and the arts for Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and frequently appears as throughout the U.S. as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and consultant. Phillip completed his doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Minnesota (D.M.A.) and also earned degrees with High Honors from the University of Georgia (B.A. and B.M.) and Georgia State University (M.M.).
Katelyn Larson is a choir director at Stillwater Area High School and an adjunct professor of music education at the University of St. Thomas. Her teaching experience includes work at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level, both in the classroom and in the private voice studio. In Stillwater, Ms. Larson directs the advanced and developing treble choirs, teaches an extracurricular 9th-10th grade chamber ensemble, and serves as the vocal director for the spring musical. She also teaches undergraduate coursework in vocal pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas. Ms. Larson frequently serves as an MSHSL contest judge and voice clinician at conferences, retreats, and festivals throughout the Midwest. Choirs under her direction have been selected to perform at the MN ACDA fall conference and the St. Olaf Choral Festival.
Prior to teaching in Stillwater, Ms. Larson taught at St. Francis High School and Middle School where she directed 7th-12th grade choirs, taught general music, and directed the SATB preparatory show choir, Prima Voce. Ms. Larson is a former associate editor of the American Choral Directors’ Star of the North online magazine and remains an active member of ACDA and MMEA, often serving as a section coach for the MN All-State Choirs. In 2018-19, she was the interim adult choir director at Colonial Church in Edina. Ms. Larson was recently named Minnesota’s Outstanding Young Choral Director of the Year (2020) by ACDA-MN. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in 2011 and her Master of Arts degree in music education from the University of St. Thomas in 2018.