“My greatest pleasure is to see these young singers grow musically and as human beings. They discover that they can be a part of something that is greater than what they could have achieved on their own, and that’s exciting!” – Dr. Richard Ingram, Founder and Artistic Advisor
“It is my passion to share excellent choral music with these dedicated young singers and I feel blessed to have the opportunity.” –Bonnie Kidd, Concert Choir Conductor.
Bonnie Kidd began her career as the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale Concert Choir Director in the fall of 2006. Since 1999, she has been the Director of Choirs at Ann Arbor Tappan Middle School, and Co-Director of Choirs at Ann Arbor Huron High School. Ms. Kidd’s middle and high school choirs have consistently received outstanding ratings at both District and State level events. In April 2006, her Huron High School Bel Canto Choir won Gold Prize at an international competition in Verona, Italy and the four special judges’ prizes for best performance of a piece from the Renaissance Period. In addition to her school choirs, Ms. Kidd also conducts the children’s choir at First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor. Ms. Kidd trained as an opera singer and has attended the Juilliard School in New York City and Boston University School for the Arts in Boston. She holds a BM degree in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, and an MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
“It’s the highlight of my week to spend time with singers who are committed to making the best music possible.” – Shayla Hottinger Powell, Descant Choir Conductor.
Shayla Hottinger Powell established the Descant Choir for beginning singers in the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale in 1992. Ms. Powell is Choral Director for grades 6-12 for the Milan area schools. Her students participate in and consistently earn top ratings for performances at the Michigan School Vocal Music Association Solo, Ensemble, and Choral Festivals and are regularly selected to participate in MSVMA State Honor Choirs. Many of Ms. Powell’s former students now work as composers, teachers, performers and music business professionals.
Since 1989 Ms. Powell has taught classes and conducted the choirs for at the University of Michigan-Flint Junior Academy of Music. Ms. Powell was nominated by her colleagues at Barnes Elementary School for the Newsweek-WDIV-TV Outstanding Teacher Award. She is an active conductor, singer and pianist, often performing with her husband, Gregg, a professional bassist. Ms. Powell holds a BME from the University of Michigan-Flint and has completed course work for the Masters Degree in Choral Music Education at Eastern Michigan University.