All-State Conductors

The 2022 All-State Conductors are listed below. Chosen from nationally recognized conductors they will inspire and educate our All-State students and all who observe them in rehearsal and performance.

Band Division Conductors

Orchestra Division Conductors

Vocal Division Conductors 

 

Band Division Conductors

All-State Symphonic Band:

Kevin Sedatole, Michigan State Univ
Kevin Sedatole serves as Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music. He serves as administrator of the entire band program, totaling over 700 students. Prior to joining MSU, Sedatole was director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Baylor University. Before his appointment at Baylor, he served as associate director of bands at the University of Texas and director of the Longhorn Band, as well as associate director of bands at the University of Michigan and at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Sedatole has conducted performances for state and national associations, and he has conducted ensembles across the United States, Europe, and Japan. Most recently he has taught courses and conducted in Germany at the Bundesakademie für musikalische Trossingen and in Japan at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo.

Sedatole serves on the summer faculty of the Interlochen Music Camp and the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic. Additionally, he served as president of the North Central division of the College Band Directors National Association.

All-State Concert Band:

Richard Mark Heidel, Univ of Iowa
Richard Mark Heidel is Director of Bands and Professor of Music in the School of Music at the University of Iowa, where he conducts the Iowa Symphony Band, teaches graduate courses in conducting and wind literature, guides the graduate wind conducting program, and oversees all aspects of the University of Iowa band program. Ensembles under Heidel’s direction have performed at national, regional, and state conferences. He has also led multiple concert tours to the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as throughout the Midwest.

A proud native of Texas, Heidel holds the bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in conducting from Texas Tech University, as well as a doctoral degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his appointment to the University of Iowa in 2008, Heidel served as Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his university teaching experiences, Heidel taught in Texas for nine years, serving as Director of Bands at Muleshoe HS, Levelland HS, and Monterey HS (Lubbock ISD).

All-State 5A Symphonic Band:

Damon Talley, Louisiana State Univ
Damon Talley serves as Director of Bands and the Paula G. Manship Associate Professor of Conducting at Louisiana State University School of Music, where he oversees all aspects of the LSU Department of Bands, conducts the Wind Ensemble, and teaches graduate conducting.

Prior to his appointment at LSU, Talley held the position of Director of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory, and he has also taught on the faculties at the University of Texas and the University of Michigan. Talley is a strong supporter and advocate of music in the public schools. He regularly serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the U.S. and abroad, including engagements in Germany, Switzerland, England, and Spain. Talley also advocates for young composers, often premiering student compositions.

Before teaching at the university level, Talley worked at the middle and high school levels in Texas. He earned a master’s degree in wind conducting from the University of Michigan and a doctoral degree in wind conducting from the University of Texas. Talley is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and holds professional memberships in CBDNA, the Virginia Music Educators Association, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association. He is also an Educational Consultant and Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation.

All-State Jazz Ensemble I:

Vincent Gardner, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Born in Chicago and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Vincent Gardner is among the world’s foremost jazz trombonists, composers, historians, and educators. He has served as lead trombonist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for over 20 years, along with serving as musical director and composer for that ensemble numerous times. In collaboration with major symphony orchestras, Gardner has performed under the baton of esteemed conductors such as Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Northwestern University, The New School, Florida State University, Michigan State University, and the University of North Texas. In 2013 he was appointed as the founding director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, which he directed for four years and guided to two performances at Carnegie Hall.

Gardner has released five recordings as a leader on the Steeplechase label and has recorded extensively as a sideman. He has also performed with artists such as the Count Basie Orchestra, Paul Simon, Lauryn Hill, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson, Illinois Jacquet, the Saturday Night Live Band, A Tribe Called Quest, and Frank Foster. He currently also serves as Artistic Director, and along with his wife is a cofounder of Jazz Houston, an organization dedicated to the cultivation of jazz through performance, education, and community outreach.

All-State Jazz Ensemble II:

Aaron Lington, San Jose State Univ/Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Aaron Lington is a Grammy award–winning baritone saxophonist and composer. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, and both his MM in jazz studies and DMA in saxophone performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with James Riggs. In addition to his position as professor at San José State University, where he serves as Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Lington is also the director of the San Jose Jazz HS All Stars.

His performing and compositional credits include collaborations with the San Francisco Symphony, Maynard Ferguson, the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Bo Diddley, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Jamie Davis, Tommy Igoe, and Pacific Mambo Orchestra. In addition, he has won awards for his playing and writing from Downbeat Magazine and ASCAP, and he was the 2003 recipient of the Sammy Nestico Award. He was named the 2011 Jazz Educator of the Year by the California Music Educators Association. In 2015 he was named as a Silicon Valley Artist Laureate.

All-State Percussion Ensemble I:

She-e Wu, Northwestern Univ
She-e Wu is the director of the percussion program at Northwestern University, frequent guest artist teacher at the Royal College of Music in London, and consultant at Manhattan School of Music in NYC.

Wu has appeared as a soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Tampere Filharmonia, InterAmerican Festival Orchestra (Puero Rico), Opole Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), National Repertory Orchestra, and many other orchestras. She has also performed with the Bach Symposium/Variation Festival at Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and numerous festivals, universities, and conservatories throughout the world.

Wu has composed works for percussion, released solo, chamber, and concerto recordings, commissioned new percussion works, and participated in and hosted countless symposiums, workshops, and seminars. Wu designed mallets for Innovative Percussion, designed instruments for Majestic/KHS as a consultant, serves on the Board of Advisors for Percussive Arts Society, and is a jury member for various percussion competitions worldwide.

All-State Percussion Ensemble II:

Lalo Davila, Mid Tennessee State Univ
Lalo Davila is currently Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his bachelor of music degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and a master of music degree from the University of North Texas.  Davila has extensive experience as an educator, composer, author, and performer. He was named Nashville’s Top Five 1998 Percussionist of the Year. He has toured with many artists including Take 6, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Orchestra, Nashville Jazz and Chamber Orchestras, Clay Walker, Allen Vizzutti, and Arturo Sandoval. Most recently, Davila’s voice and playing can be heard (as Jafar) in Disney’s dual-language series Aladdin.

Davila has also composed music for TV series including Drop Dead Diva, Breaking Bad, Graceland, and Burn Notice. He is an in-demand clinician and adjudicator and has conducted clinics throughout the United States and in Australia and Paris.

Orchestra Division Conductors

All-State Symphony Orchestra:

Jeffrey Grogan, Oklahoma City Univ
Acclaimed conductor and teacher Jeffrey Grogan currently serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. He was recently invited by the LA Philharmonic to conduct alongside Gustavo Dudamel at Disney Hall, as part of the Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles National Festival. He also has recently conducted at the Sydney Opera House, Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, and in Bangkok and Singapore. Grogan serves as a Master Educator for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is on advisory committees for the Midwest Clinic and Music for All.

Following his passion for performing and helping create new music for orchestras, he has collaborated with many contemporary composers and soloists. Grogan worked in studio and on several projects with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Grogan recorded O’Connor’s March of the Gypsy Fiddler with the Ahn Trio and New Jersey Youth Symphony on OMAC Records. He previously served 11 seasons as Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and as Conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

He was founding Artistic Director of two El Sistema-inspired programs in New Jersey and he taught for over a decade at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Baylor University. He is also the former Associate Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at the University of Michigan and Baylor University.

All-State Philharmonic Orchestra:

Soo Han, Baldwin Wallace Univ
Soo Han is the Director of Orchestral Studies at Reva and Dew Berry Family School of Music at George Mason University, Music Director of the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic. He is also a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and program coordinator and faculty member with Los Angeles Philharmonic’s summer YOLA program. Prior to George Mason, Han was the director of orchestral studies at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he conducted the symphony orchestra and collaborated on several projects and performance tours.

As an active conductor, he has appeared with several orchestras throughout the country. He is a frequent conductor for all-state, regional, and honor orchestras, appearing in over 30 states, and he has conducted internationally in Austria, China, Thailand, and Australia. He has collaborated with numerous artists, groups, and conductors and has presented workshops and clinics internationally and for nearly every major national and state music conference.

He is a coauthor, contributor, and managing editor for Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra, Vol. 4, one of the leading orchestra pedagogical resources published by GIA. Having taught in the public schools for 15 years, Han is a passionate supporter of school music programs and remains active in instrumental classrooms throughout the country.

All-State Sinfonietta Orchestra:

Alexander Jiménez, Florida State Univ
Alexander Jiménez serves as Professor of Conducting, Director of Orchestral Activities, and String Area Coordinator at the Florida State University College of Music. Under his direction, the FSU orchestral studies program has expanded and been recognized as one of the leading orchestral studies programs in the country. Jiménez has recorded on the Naxos, Neos, Canadian Broadcasting Ovation, and Mark labels. Deeply committed to music by living composers, he has collaborated with contemporary and eminent composers. The University Symphony Orchestra has appeared as a featured orchestra for the College Orchestra Directors National Conference and the ASTA National Conference, and the University Philharmonia has performed at the NAfME Southeast Conference. The University Symphony Orchestra was named outstanding performer by the National Educational Television Association for its broadcast of Zwilich’s Peanuts Gallery.

Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Jiménez has conducted extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, including with the Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic) and the Israel Netanya Chamber Orchestra. In 2022, Jiménez will lead the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a recording of works by Anthony Iannaccone.

Jiménez served as music director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras from 2000 to 2017. At the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, he serves as a principal conductor of the Festival Orchestra and as artistic consultant.

All-State Mariachi Ensemble:

José Hernández, Mariachi Sol de Mexico
An internationally recognized musician, composer and educator, José Hernández continues to break boundaries in the world of mariachi.  A fifth generation mariachi musician, Hernández brings the pleasure of mariachi music to audiences across the globe. He is the founder of two world-famous ensembles: Mariachi Sol de México and Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all-female professional mariachi ensemble.

Hernández continues to advance the art of mariachi with daring new compositions and arrangements. He has composed, arranged, and provided music for 15 Sol de México albums. He sings and plays trumpet, violin, guitarrón, and vihuela, and he has performed in some of the most renowned venues around the world. He has recorded with the most respected and recognized names in the industry, including Selena, Vicente Fernandez, Luis Miguel, Bryan Adams, and the Beach Boys, and he has received four Grammy nominations.

Hernández’s musical inspirations are rich and diverse, ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Augustine Lara, Glenn Miller to José Alfredo Jimenez. One of his proudest achievements is establishing the Sol de México symphony orchestra, bringing this powerful and vibrant sound to mariachi lovers around the world.

Hernández is an impassioned ambassador of mariachi music. He is working hard to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians through the educational initiatives he has developed: the Mariachi Nationals and Summer Institute and the Mariachi Heritage Society.

Vocal Division Conductors

All-State Mixed Choir:

Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand, Oakwood Univ
Jason Max Ferdinand is the Founding Artistic Director of the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers: an ensemble of exceptional talents. He is also Director of Choral Activities, chair of the music department, and full professor at Oakwood University, where he conducts the Aeolians of Oakwood University. Ferdinand is a published author and composer with GIA publications, featuring the book Teaching with Heart: Tools for Addressing Societal Challenges Through Music, and The Jason Max Ferdinand Choral Series with Walton Music. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and lecturer at schools, universities, churches, and choral festivals and conferences, domestic and international. As conductor of the Aeolians of Oakwood University, he has distinguished himself on the national and international choral stages. In 2017, he earned the Outstanding Director and Choir of the World awards at the Llangollen International Musical Festival in Wales. In 2018, his choir won three gold medals at the 10th World Choir Games held in South Africa and won the competition’s overall championship in both the Spirituals and University Choir categories. In 2018, he was named Teacher of the Year by Oakwood University. The Aeolians made their first appearance at the national conference of ACDA in 2019 to high acclaim. Ferdinand holds non-terminal degrees from Oakwood University and Morgan State University and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Maryland. He serves on the board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and is a former board member of the Alabama Choral Directors Association.

All-State Treble Choir:

Dr. Lynda Hasseler, Capital Univ
Lynda R. Hasseler assumed the directorship of the renowned Capital University Chapel Choir in July 1990, making her the first woman to head a choral program at a Lutheran college or university. As Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities in the Conservatory of Music, Hasseler has nurtured Capital University’s rich choral legacy. The choirs under her direction have received numerous invitations to perform for regional and national music conferences and festivals, have been awarded gold medals in world choral competitions, and have toured nationally and internationally.

Hasseler is coeditor of the Capital University Choral Series published by Beckenhorst Press and has served across the United States and internationally as a clinician, presenter, and guest conductor. Along with the Chapel Choir and Choral Union and composer Jake Runestad, she was awarded the 2017–2018 American Prize, Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. She had the honor of conducting the Chapel Choir in the premiere performance of the Brock Commission A Silence Haunts Me by Jake Runestad at the 2019 ACDA National Conference. She recently shared the podium with guest conductor and composer Eric Whitacre in a 2019 gala celebration of 100 Years of Music at Capital University. In June 2019, she conducted the Chapel Choir in festival concerts in the Netherlands and Belgium, and in March 2020, she returned to Carnegie Hall to conduct the Chapel Choir and a 280-voice festival chorus with orchestra.

All-State Tenor-Bass Choir:

Dr. Gary Packwood, Mississippi State Univ
Recognized as an inspirational and motivational conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer, Gary Packwood has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in 35 states. Packwood is currently professor of music and director of choral studies at Mississippi State University, where he oversees and administers all aspects of the undergraduate and graduate choral music education degrees. Choirs under his leadership have performed at state, regional, and national conferences of ACDA, NAfME, and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Packwood has published articles in the Choral Journal, Teaching Music, the 2nd Edition of the AmeriGrove Dictionary, and a book chapter in GIA’s publication of Conducting Men’s Choirs. A Lifetime member of the ACDA, Packwood is a past-president of the Southern Region of ACDA and is a Southern Representative for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Packwood earned a bachelor of music education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, a master of arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting and literature from Louisiana State University.

All-State Small School Mixed Choir:

Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, Calvin Univ
Pearl Shangkuan is a highly sought conductor, lecturer, and clinician who has led performances and workshops across six continents. Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a Grammy-nominated professional orchestra.

Shangkuan has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Choral series published by GIA. In 2014, she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall and was an invited guest lecturer at the World Symposium for Choral Music. Shangkuan has served on the jury of several international choral competitions and has led conducting masterclasses for the ACDA national conference, Chorus America, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois Choral Conducting Symposium, as well as many others across the United States. She has conducted numerous all-state choirs and choral festivals nationally and internationally and has headlined several ACDA state conferences. She served as president of the ACDA Central Division and Michigan ACDA and has commissioned and premiered numerous choral works. Her choirs have performed at ACDA national, division, and state conferences. In 2013, Michigan ACDA honored her with the Maynard Klein Choral Award for “artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music.”
She received a bachelor’s degree in church music, a master’s degree from Westminster Choir College, and a doctoral degree in choral conducting from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.