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This one-hour webinar promises an enriching experience packed with inspiring and useful content from Hal Leonard's Mac Huff and Jonathan Palant, composers, and arrangers. You will have the exclusive opportunity to preview new, high-school focused choral music and resources, opening doors to fresh and exciting repertoire for your choir. Moreover, you'll dive into innovative choir classroom techniques, ensuring a dynamic learning environment. A short Q&A will wrap up the session.
Mac Huff is entering his fifth decade as one of the leading arrangers and composers in the music industry. His academic background includes degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas-Austin, as well as summer study at the Aspen Music Festival and doctoral work at the University of Southern California. Mac is also an accomplished pianist, musical director, performer, teacher and clinician. Over the years he has composed, arranged and musical directed award-winning shows for ABC-TV, NBC-TV, The Walt Disney Co., Hallmark, Inc., Colleco, Inc., Canon, Dow Inc., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Six Flags Show Productions, Union Station Main Stage Shows (Indianapolis), JB Robin Co. (Los Angeles), Howard Lanin Productions (New York) and TMJ Productions (Las Vegas) among others. In addition, he is in demand as a lecturer and as a guest artist for various music festivals and workshops throughout the world. Mac’s published works are represented exclusively through Hal Leonard.
Jonathan Palant is Associate Dean of the Arts and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the founder and conductor of the Credo Community Choir and the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for those affected by homelessness. Recently, Musical America named him one of their “Innovators of the Year” for his work. Jonathan’s initial publication with Hal Leonard was his book “Brothers, Sing On! Conducting the Tenor Bass Choir.” His series contains music for mixed voices as well as for young men.
Stacey Nordmeyer began her career in music publishing as a choral editor and was an editor for the textbook series Experiencing Choral Music, as well as for numerous sight-singing methods, along with music for school, church and community choirs. Now, as General Manager, Choral Publications, she oversees the choral publication process for both Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press. She is also a celebrated composer and arranger, with anthems published in both the Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press church catalogs. She has been active in church music for over 35 years, having served as music director, worship leader, and accompanist at various churches throughout southeastern Wisconsin. She currently directs the praise bands and the adult handbell choir at UNITY Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in piano and music theory from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and she is a member of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble.
Luke Talen is the Creative Director, Choral Publications at Hal Leonard. Luke has played a pivotal role with the company’s choral product development, digital expansion, and marketing efforts. He has taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and has been a music director at various high schools, colleges, and theatre companies in Wisconsin.