Dr. Joey Martin
Joey M. Martin is a musician regarded for his diverse musical interests, engaging artistry, and passionate enthusiasm for the choral art. He is professor of music at Texas State University where he serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication and as the Director of Choral Activities teaching graduate courses in choral conducting, choral literature and vocal pedagogy. Dr. Martin has been recognized as a Favorite Professor at Texas State as well as the School of Music Professor of Distinction both in Teaching and Service. During his time at Texas State he has directed four of the six university choirs. Choirs under his direction have appeared at the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the International Kodàly Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Conference of ACDA. During the summer of 2005 he traveled with Texas State Chorale giving concerts in Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg, and Prague. In 2007 he returned to Europe with VocaLibre for a week of shared learning at the Slovakian National Conservatory in Bratislava. Most recently, Dr. Martin directed Texas State Chorale in concerts at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth) and throughout the Garden Route of South Africa.
In addition to his work at Texas State, Dr. Martin has served as the artistic director for the Alamo City Men’s Chorale and with Craig Hella Johnson and Michelle Schumann as part of the creative team for the Victoria Bach Festival. His schedule is filled with engagements as guest conductor/clinician throughout the US, Europe, South Africa, and England. Recent engagements include conducting the Connecticut American Choral Directors Association Women’s Honor Choir, Conducting Professor for the Transient Glory Choral Symposium and Festival at NYU, conductor for Honor Choir USA in Honolulu, Hawai’i, and director of the Texas Two Year College All-State Chorus. He currently serves as the music director for historic First Protestant Church (New Braunfels, TX). As a pianist, he also enjoys collaborating with vocal artists in recitals serving as coach/accompanist for such diverse artists are Jennie Olson, Maria Jette, Timothy Jones, Cheryl Parrish, and Juli Wood.
Dr. Martin received his DMA in choral conducting from the University of Texas-Austin where he studied conducting with Craig Hella Johnson, piano with Betty Mallard, and voice with Martha Deatheridge. He received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal/Choral) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he studied voice with Dr. Charles Chapman and piano with Dr. James Breckenridge. He is a recent graduate of the Harvard School of Education Management Development Program.
Dr. Jonathan Babcock
Dr. Jonathan Babcock is in demand as a conductor, educator and clinician throughout the United States. He has been privileged to work with such artists as Richard Tucker Award winners Stephanie Blythe and Margaret Lattimore, and Tony Award winner Victoria Clark, in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, New York City; The Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China and St. George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa. He has lead performances at American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association and New York State School Music Association conventions. Working as an advocate for contemporary choral music, he has overseen the commissioning of new works by composers such as Paul Moravec, David Del Tredici, John Conahan and Stephen Paulus.
Dr. Babcock is an associate professor at Texas State University where he conducts the Texas State University Singers and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, literature and pedagogy. Prior to coming to Texas State, Dr. Babcock served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Recent performances include the Robert Levin completion of W.A. Mozart’s Requiem with Professor Levin in residency; the choral theater work HOWL: The Greatest Generation THE BEATS featuring the world premiere of John Conahan’s setting of the epic Allen Ginsburg poem Howl; a performance tour of China featuring a performance of the Mozart Requiem in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing; a concert tour of Great Britain including a three day residency at Lincoln Cathedral; and an interactive, multimedia concert celebrating the music of the Republic of Georgia. In 2011 Babcock traveled to the Republic of Georgia on a Research Enhancement Grant to study their vast musical history and learn the traditions of this ancient musical culture. In December 2013 Babcock traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel as an artist-in-residence at Lehman College of Music at Tel Aviv University. In January of 2014 he presented a workshop on choral techniques for instrumental conductors for the National Convention of the Collegiate Orchestra Directors Association, and in 2015 he presented “Less is More: Optimizing Your Conducting Technique” at the Texas Music Educators Association convention. In addition to performing and lecturing, Babcock has contributed several articles to the American Choral Journal on Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; as well as the last interview with the late Maestro Richard Westenburg.
Babcock received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam where he studied conducting with the late Brock McElheran and voice with Patricia Misslin; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School, University of Hartford where he studied conducting with Paul E. Oakley and Edward Bolkovac.
Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer
Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music, Associate Director for the School of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding faculty. Other awards include the MENC Lowell Mason Fellow, Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the MENC Northwest Division Distinguished Service Award and Eastern New Mexico University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dr. Brinckmeyer recently published Wander the World with Warm-ups with Hal Leonard Publishing; her book Advocate for Music with Oxford University Press is available January, 2016. Dr. Brinckmeyer is also a contributing author for Interactive Music – Powered by Silver Burdett, The Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program and The Choral Director’s Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts. She founded the Eastern Washington University Girls’ Chorus while teaching at EWU. She also served as Artistic Director for the Idaho State Children’s Chorus in Pocatello, Idaho and the South Hill Children’s Chorus in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Brinckmeyer is a co-founder and Artistic Director for the Hill Country Youth Chorus in San Marcos, Texas.
Dr. Brinckmeyer’s degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Kansas. In New Mexico she taught elementary music and middle school choir, then moved to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. At Texas State University Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music education. She serves as Associate Director for the School of Music, Coordinator for Music Education, and directs the Texas State Women’s Choir. Each summer Dr. Brinckmeyer teaches classes for Will Schmid’s World Music Drumming workshops. She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-nine states in the United States and sixteen different countries, including China, Brazil, South Africa and Cuba.
Professor Craig Aamot
Craig Aamot joined the faculty at Texas State in the spring of 2013, conducting VocaLibre and the Texas State Men’s Choir. He began his work at Texas State in fall of 2011 as a graduate assistant in choral conducting.
Aamot comes to San Marcos from Wisconsin, where he led one of the largest and most respected high school choral programs in the Midwest. Under his direction, choirs at Appleton North gained a reputation for rare levels of performance, and innovative programming. Aamot’s choirs have performed at state and divisional ACDA conventions, throughout the United States and Europe including Italy, France, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic, in venues ranging from the Vatican to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. His 75-voice Men’s Choir performed at the 2010 North Central Division ACDA convention and the 2008 National Convention of the Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus Association. Appleton North performances drew attention for their creativity, expressivity, and wide appeal, receiving an audience of over 4500 each year for their holiday concert. The choral program enrolled over 350 singers in six choirs.
Aamot is especially involved with exploring connections between the choral art, contemplative science, and the human experience. His work centers on artistic expression, programming and arts education that engage the whole human being; body, mind and spirit, returning to experiences of connection, deep listening, and inner and outer peace. In spring of 2011, he served as artistic director for the Appleton Compassion Project, a district-wide, year-long collaborative that culminated in a multi-media musical performance that drew an audience of 2,000.
In addition to his work in choral music, Aamot is active locally and nationally as a quarterback coach and lecturer. A two-sport scholarship athlete in college, Aamot works with one of the premiere quarterback development programs in the country. Speaking and clinician engagements have taken him to over twenty states throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Aamot received his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Texas State University where he studied with Dr. Joey Martin and Dr. Jonathon Babcock and his B.A. in Choral Music Education from Carroll University in Wisconsin. Aamot has also studied with Craig Hella Johnson, Rene Clausen, Dale Warland, Jerry Blackstone, Sharon Hanson, Sandra Snow, and Joanne Miller.
Craig’s father Mark Aamot is retired from three decades of choral direction at Carroll University and his brother Kirk Aamot is head of the choral department at Montana State University in Bozeman.