2019 Artistic Directors: Joshua Oppenheim & Julie Yu-Oppenheim
Dr. Joshua Oppenheim is Co-Director of Choral Studies; and Associate Professor of Music at Kansas State University. He received his B.M. from Western Michigan University, his M.M. at the University of Mississippi, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas. His ensembles have been selected to perform at state, regional, national, and international conferences (2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).
He has been engaged as guest conductor and clinician in Carnegie Hall (2014, 2016) ) the National Cathedral (2018) Singapore (2015,2018), and Dubai (2015); and had done additional study at Trinity College Cambridge, England.
He has presented interest sessions for conferences in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and the Western and Southwestern Region ACDA conferences.
Dr. Julie Yu is Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University where she is part of a team that oversees seven choral ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.
Dr. Yu holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.
Before joining the Kansas State faculty, Dr. Yu taught at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma and San José State University.
She has conducted honor choirs in Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Germany. She has been featured as a conductor on the Octavo Series at Carnegie Hall and the National Cathedral. She has given presentations and her choirs have performed for the Kansas Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, the American Choral Directors Association and the European Music Educators Association Conventions. She is the Southwest American Choral Directors Association President Elect designate and a 2018 ACDA-International Choral Exchange Program Conducting Fellow to Kenya. She also serves as Artistic Director of the Flint Hills Masterworks Chorale, Co-Artistic Director of the K-State Summer Choral Institute, and the Vice President of the Flint Hills Children’s Choir.
2020 Artistic Director: Dr. Ryan Beeken
Ryan Beeken proudly serves as Director of Choral Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the University Chorale, Chorus, and Chamber Singers. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and supervises student teachers. Beeken also serves as Artistic Director for the Blair Concert Chorale, whose mission includes fostering a growing appreciation of quality choral music for the population of south-central Pennsylvania. He received Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Drake University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.
Dr. Beeken’s choirs have performed at State, Regional, and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and for state and regional NAfME conferences as well. A frequent clinician and festival director, Dr. Beeken is regularly engaged as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States; recent engagements include All-States and Honor Choirs in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and also in the Czech Republic, and Austria. He has served on the executive committee of the American Choral Directors Association at both the state and regional level and is currently serving as District 3 President for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Beeken regularly presents sessions for symposia on topics including repertoire, rehearsal techniques, motivation, conductor – student relationships, and program building. Recent presentations include the 2018 Together We Sing Session for the Eastern ACDA Division Conference, 2017 International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 2016 and 2015 National NAfME teacher in-service, 2013 Southwest ACDA Regional Conference, and state conferences in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin and a residency at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Prior to his appointment at IUP, Dr. Beeken taught at Michigan State University where he conducted the Women’s Glee Club and while residing in Des Moines, Iowa, directed the Drake Chorale at Drake University. He also taught elementary, middle school, and high school music for sixteen years, most recently serving as Director of Vocal Music for Waukee Schools in suburban Des Moines where he lead a program of over 300 students and twelve ensembles to national distinction.