About the Directors

Collegiate Singers

Randall Kempton

Dr. Randall Kempton, (M.M. Brigham Young University, D.M.A. Arizona State University) came to Brigham Young University-Idaho in 1999 and currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and conductor of the Collegiate Singers. He has taught private voice, diction, conducting, arranging, and choral methods courses, and has directed the University Choir, Men's Choir, and Women's Choir.

Prior to his arrival in Rexburg, he conducted ensembles at Arizona State University, BYU (Provo), Utah Valley University, and the Meridian School in Provo, Utah.

His experience includes work as a pianist, vocal coach, and vocalist in classical, jazz, barbershop, and musical theater settings. He studied conducting and arranging with Mack Wilberg, Ronald Staheli, and David Stocker.

For better or for worse, he also counts the barbershop quartet FRED and Victor Borge among his important influences. Randall and his wife Jen are the happy but often frazzled parents of nine children.



Dance Alliance

Gary Larsen

PHONE: (208) 496-4858

EMAIL: larseng@byui.edu



Ashley Storm

PHONE: (208) 496-4855

EMAIL: hoopesa@byui.edu



Sacred Music Tour Series

Dallin Hansen

Dr. Dallin Hansen holds a DMA degree in violin performance from Arizona State University, studying with Dr. Katherine McLin. His doctoral work included studies with Arnold Steinhardt and Ida Kavafian in master class settings and chamber music with Mark Steinberg. Dr. Hansen also earned a M.M. degree in Orchestral Conducting, studying with Kory Katseanes, and a B.M. degree in Music Education, both from Brigham Young University. Principal teachers include Katherine McLin, Gerald Elias, Donna Fairbanks, and LaMar Barrus. Dr. Hansen has performed as a solo artist throughout Utah, Idaho and Arizona. His orchestral and chamber music experience includes performance tours of Europe and Russia with the BYU Chamber Orchestra, performances with the Utah Symphony, and first violinist of the ASU Chamber Players (ASU's top mixed chamber ensemble). Dr. Hansen directs the string pedagogy program, teaches applied violin, and performs with the Serenata Strings faculty quartet at BYU-Idaho.



Sinfonietta

Robert Tueller

Dr. Tueller directs cello studies at BYU-Idaho and conducts the Symphony Orchestra, 
Baroque Ensemble and Sinfonietta. He holds a B.M. degree in violoncello performance 
from Utah State University and a doctor of musical Arts degree in early music performance
from the University of Southern California. While at USC, he directed the early music ensemble, 
Collegium Musicum. He previously served as director of orchestral activities at the 
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and the University of Montana - Missoula. 
Active as a professional conductor and cellist in southern California, Dr. Tueller served as 
assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra and played principal cello with the 
Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. Email: tuellerr@byui.edu




Sound Alliance

Mark Watkins

Dr. Mark Watkins, who is the director of Sound Alliance, received his Baccalaureate from Brigham Young University and His Master's and Doctorate degree in five woodwind instruments from Indiana University's School of Music with secondary areas in music history and jazz studies. He has been a member of several professional ensembles including the ER Big Band, The Jazz Arts Group Big Band, The Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet, and Swingset and has participated in numerous CD recording projects. Dr. Watkins has been an associate instructor at Indiana University, an instructor at Brigham Young University, an assistant professor of music at North Dakota State University, and is currently director of jazz studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho.



Symphony Band

Diane Soelberg

Diane Soelberg is the Chair of the Department of Music, the Director of Bands, and conductor of Symphony Band at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Other teaching assignments have included applied oboe instruction, instrumental conducting, and chamber ensemble coaching. Miss Soelberg received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Utah State University, and a Master of Music Education from Brigham Young University. Prior to her appointment at BYU-Idaho, she taught high school band and orchestra in the Weber County and Alpine School Districts in Utah. Miss Soelberg served on the board of the Utah Music Educators Association as Band Vice-President, and as the Utah All-State Band Chair. She was a staff member of the Utah Ambassadors of Music from 1997 through 2005 and is the former conductor of the American Fork Symphony. She is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. Email: soelbergd@byui.edu



Vocal Union

Nori Brower

Nori Brower is the director of Vocal Union. She is a graduate of Utah State University with a bachelor of music education in choral and general music. In addition to her assignment with Vocal Union at BYU-Idaho, Mrs. Brower teaches music theory, aural skills, and keyboard harmony. She previously taught in the publlic school system in Wyoming and Utah and has been an active participant in amateur and professional theatre.