An Accessible & Effective Rehearsal Resource for Choral Educators
With culture and roots deeply grounded in and molded by Arizona choral pedagogy, Mr. Washington is an alumnus of the Phoenix Boys Choir. Recognized for his dynamic teaching style and his ability to instill a love for the choral arts, he is a frequent choral clinician, conductor, lecturer, and adjudicator for regional festivals, workshops, and conferences around the country.
Beyond the scope of choral music education, Washington is a champion and an advocate for diverse styles of music. He has ongoing efforts in producing, composing, and arranging radio and commercial music. Mr. Washington has collaborated with leaders in the music industry, including Grammy Award-winning Tori Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Bret Michaels, and Jason Derulo.
While working toward his B.A., he was a tenor, counter-tenor, and soloist in the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong, and he directed “Voices of Praise,” the St. Olaf Gospel Choir. Upon graduating from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and earning a dual B.A. in Music and Fine Arts, Mr. Washington went on to receive an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. While under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Schauer and Dr. Bruce Chamberlain at U of A, Washington founded the all-male winning ensemble, Cat-Call A Cappella before graduating in 2009.
In previous capacities, Washington served as Church Music Director at Oro Valley United Church of Christ, instructed at Teleos Preparatory Academy, and directed for the Phoenix Boys Choir, and the Phoenix Children’s Chorus. He also served as the Director of Middle and High School Choral Activities at Gilbert Christian Schools.
Washington is a proud member of the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA), former ACDA Western Division Chair board member (WDACDA), and currently serves as the Repertoire and Resource Chair for Children’s Choirs & Community Youth for the Arizona American Choral Directors Association (AzACDA). Herbert resides in Phoenix with his beloved wife, Yadira, and their sons Elian and Yadian.
Christina Hall, Co-Founder, is the choir director at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona. She also teaches class guitar and developed the first class piano curriculum for the AFUHSD district in the Fall of 2020. Christina serves as the Youth Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for ACDA Western.
Prior to her position, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music Education at Northern Arizona University. While at NAU, she performed with the internationally-recognized Shrine of the Ages Choir and jazz choir, High Altitude. Concurrently, she was a Conducting Associate for the Audivi Vocem Conductor’s Choir in 2017 and directed the Living Christ Lutheran Church Choir in Flagstaff for three years. LCLCC was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall and performed there in December 2019.
Vocally, Christina trained with Dr. Judith Cloud and performed as a backup singer for Josh Groban in the Fall of 2018 and Sarah Brightman in the Spring of 2019. An active member of ACDA, AMEA, and NAfME, she frequently attends state, regional, and national conferences. Christina and her husband, Seth, reside in the Glendale area.
“Every one of us has experienced entering into a special world. Time and space seem to be revived and readapted. We seem to breathe a new and special air. We may enter this world in varying degrees of intensity, but we know when we have experienced it. Oh, that it would last longer – that it would happen more often. It seems an unidentifiable part of us becomes reality. We become aware of a part of us that easily could go unnoticed – yes, even unaware of its existence. What has been the vehicle for this experience? The arts – and most specifically music – a musical experience!” – Weston Noble
Kristine Sharpe was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Alhambra High School, where she met her mentor and woman who inspired her to become a choir teacher, Patricia Ubrig. Kristine received her Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from Northern Arizona University, where she studied under Dr. Edith Copley.
After graduating in 2010, she taught General Music and Elementary Choir at Knoles Elementary School in Flagstaff, AZ for 5 years before moving to Madison, Wisconsin in 2016. There she accepted a position with the Marshall School District and taught 6-12 General Music and Choir for 2 years before accepting her current position
teaching 8-9 Grade Choir.
Mrs. Sharpe is in her 3rd year teaching in the Sun Prairie School District and began working on her Masters Degree in Music Education from Kent State University in 2019, with plans to graduate in 2021.
More information can be found on her Digital Teaching Portfolio: https://sites.google.com/view/kristine-sharpe/about-me
Having grown up in Moscow, Russia, Anna Volodarskaya studied piano at a music academy since a very early age. After relocation to the United States, she received her undergraduate degree in Education and her graduate degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she is the choir director at the Mirman School in Los Angeles, California.
In Madison, she conducted several university ensembles as well as directed and arranged music for an award-winning acapella group. Previously she lived in Arizona for five years working as a choral and general music teacher for grades K-12 as well as director for Junior Choir with the Chandler Children’s Choir before moving to California. In her free time, she enjoys salsa dancing and traveling with her husband, Teddy.
Greg Hebert has been a choral director in Arizona for over thirty years. Holding both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arizona State University, he is a sought-out clinician directing some of the finest ensembles in Arizona. He was honored to be the director of choral activities at Corona Del Sol High School, in Tempe (1994-2021). In 2014 he was awarded the AzACDA Choral Director of the Year. Currently he teaches at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School, as well of the Director of Music Ministries.
Mr. Hebert has been active in leadership for many years. He has served on boards with ACE, AMEA, and AzACDA. He is a past president of ACE, and AzACDA, and is now serving as Repertoire Specific R & R Coordinator for the Arizona Chapter of ACDA.
Lindsay Decoste is the director of choirs at Red Mountain High School in Mesa. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from NAU and previously attended Mt. San Antonio College. Lindsay is also an avid performer, singing in multiple choral groups as well as performing in community theatre productions throughout the valley.
Amy Lowe is the choir director at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Arizona and serves as a governing board member for the Avondale Elementary School District. She has been teaching music since 2001 and holds both a Masters Degree in Music Education and in Educational Leadership.