75th Annual All State Music Festival
Andrew Boysen, Jr. is presently a professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire, where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches conducting and composition. Under his leadership, the UNH wind symphony has released six recordings and been invited to perform at regional conventions of the College Band Directors National Association and National Association for Music Education. Previously, Boysen taught at Indiana State University and Cary-Grove (IL) High School, and was the music director and conductor of the Deerfield Community Concert Band. He remains active as a guest conductor and clinician, appearing with high school, university and festival ensembles across the United States, Great Britain, and Australia.
Boysen earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where he served as conductor of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He received his Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Northwestern University in 1993 and his Bachelor of Music degree in music education and music composition from the University of Iowa in 1991.
He maintains an active schedule as a composer, receiving commissions from festival, university, and high school concert bands across the United States. Boysen won the International Horn Society Composition Contest in 2000, the University of Iowa Honors Composition Prize in 1991 and has twice won the Claude T. Smith Memorial Band Composition Contest, in 1991 and 1994. Boysen has several published works with the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, Wingert-Jones Music, Alfred Music, Masters Music, and C. Alan Publications, including pieces for band, orchestra, clarinet and piano, and brass choir. Recordings of his music appear on the Sony, R-Kal, Mark, St. Olaf and Elf labels.
Edith A. Copley is a regents’ professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. During her 31 year tenure at NAU she conducted the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir (founded in 1933) and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature. The Shrine of the Ages Choir performed at state, regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. NAU choral ensembles under her direction toured internationally to the Peoples Republic of China, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Bulgaria, Turkey, Sweden, Estonia, and Latvia.
Prior to her NAU appointment, Copley taught secondary choral music for seven years in Iowa and four years overseas in Vienna, Austria. She has also served as the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus that performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.
In Spring 2016, Copley retired as Music Director of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff (MCF). She led this auditioned 100-voice community chorus for 23 years. MCF performed three concerts each season as well as a major choral/orchestral work with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO). Copley served as the chorusmaster for Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra for 27 years. During that time, she has conducted numerous major choral/orchestral works, including Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems, and the Britten War Requiem.
Copley is an active member of NAfME and a life member of ACDA. She has served in many leadership roles, including President of the ACDA Western Division, President of the Arizona ACDA, state and divisional newsletter editor, and interest session chair for the 2011, 2019, and 2021 ACDA National Conferences. Copley also conducted the 2013 ACDA National Mixed Honor Choir in Dallas and the NAfME All-National Mixed Honor Choir in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Copley has received numerous honors, including NAU School of Performing Arts Centennial Teacher of the Year Award, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Arizona ACDA Outstanding Choral Director Award, and the Weston H. Noble Award from her alma mater Luther College.
Copley has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications and is in high demand as a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in the US and abroad. She has conducted all-state choirs in over 30 states, and choral festivals in Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Strathmore Music Center in Maryland. Copley also has conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Tasmania, Japan, Luxembourg, Australia, China, Turkey, England, Poland, and Oman.
Conductor and professor emeritus Rebecca Burkhardt is sought after as a guest conductor for professional and educational orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. She served as the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Northern Iowa from 1988-2020. Besides her duties as Music Director of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, she performed as the conductor for the UNI Opera Theatre, and served as a professor on the music theory and conducting faculties at UNI.
From Dialogue of the Carmelites and Madame Butterfly to Fiddler on the Roof and HAIR, her opera and theatre performances encompass the gamut of music-drama and musical comedy. She has appeared as guest conductor with professional, university and high school honor orchestras throughout the nation and internationally in Russia, France, Brazil, Costa Rica and China. Her honors include the Award for Faculty Excellence given by the Iowa Board of Regents and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Orchestra Directors Association, for which she served twice as National President.
She has performed with solo artists Wen Wei, Simon Estes, Sheri Greenawald, Fei Xie, Lan Weiwei, Laurie Smukler, Elizabeth Adkins, Helen Callus, Anibal dos Santos, the Interro Quartet and Sean Botkin among many others. Burkhardt has worked closely with composers-in-residence Michael Daugherty, Dan Welcher, Libby Larsen, Ao Xiang, Sam Adler and Jake Heggie.
As a composer she has works in the choral, chamber music and orchestral genres. Her musical, A Scotch Verdict, written in collaboration with UNI theatre professor emeritus Cynthia Goatley, was presented in a concert performance as a part of Stages, a new musical festival sponsored by Theatre Building Chicago. Her newest musical, Just Ann, another collaboration with Goatley, is based on the life of Texas Governor Ann Richards and was premiered in August 2017.
A native of Texas, Dr. Burkhardt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance from Southwestern University (TX), a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, and her Ph. D. at the University of Texas, Austin.
She credits her teachers Fiora Contino, Murry Sidlin, Henry Charles Smith, Anshel Brusilow and Dan Welcher for her love of the symphonic and operatic repertory, both new and old.
Peter A. Eklund is a Hixson-Lied Endowed Professor of Music, was recently named one of the national quarter-finalists for the first-ever GRAMMY® NATIONAL MUSIC TEACHER OF THE YEAR (out of over 30,000 nominees) and was a national finalist for the NFHS Outstanding Music Educator in 2019. He annually conducts instrumental and choral ensembles in no fewer than eight European countries and throughout North America. One of the most active and versatile international conductors today, Peter A. Eklund possesses a unique ability to work effectively with musicians at all levels of performing capability and experience. His concertizing/clinician schedule averages 60 national and international concerts annually and includes a wide array of scholarly, professional, orchestral, collegiate, liturgical, festival, all-star, and youth/student ensembles throughout North America and Europe. Trained as a classical pianist and organist in the finest traditions of Western historical music, he now is also a strong advocate for ethnic and world music spanning all genres. He counts among his early musical influences the numerous local concerts that his grandfather took him to of Big Band performances by Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and others.
He divides his time among four important roles: conductor, guest lecturer, editor/arranger (his own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications and Colla Voce—and his set of Moses Hogan arrangements is published by Hal Leonard), and teacher/mentor (with numerous former students performing professionally on both US coasts: Broadway, Lincoln Center, TV, and Oscar-winning movies—and everywhere in between), and is Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he heads the Masters and Doctoral choral conducting programs, conducts the University of Nebraska flagship mixed choral ensemble—the nationally recognized 'University Singers,' and conducts the nationally renowned University of Nebraska 'Varsity Men's Chorus' (both national MENC selected performance ensembles, the former in 2002—Nashville and the latter in 2004—Minneapolis). His other publications are found at Hope Music, Concordia Publishing House, and Kimmel Publishing. However, his greatest role of all is that of husband to Teresa and father of their four sons: Ben, Bryant, Brady, and Brantley.
In his spare time, he is an occasional golfer (actually having scored a hole-in-one), enjoys the tracker pipe organ in his home, and is a reluctant but diligent gardener overseeing their backyard acres.
Prior to coming to Nebraska, Eklund taught for over a decade at Thomas Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he and his wonderful colleague, Carol Tralau, built what Maestro Robert Shaw said was the finest high school choral program in America (Eklund, Tralau, and Shaw all conducted on the same North Central ACDA conference with Eklund’s choir directly preceding Shaw’s final performance of Britten's War Requiem with the Minnesota Orchestra in Orchestra Hall).