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Katie Hayward is a choral, musical theatre, and pop music specialist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education-voice from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She also trained at the Kodály Summer Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Currently, she teaches choir and contemporary a cappella at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. Previously, she was the artistic director for 2Knight 2Knight, the premier all-female pop a cappella group from Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio. 2Knight 2Knight was featured on the 2015 and 2016 Best of High School A Cappella Compilation Album and has opened for ARORA and VoicePlay at the Kettering National A Cappella Festival. Katie also appears as a regular staff member at Camp A Cappella, (held at Wright State University), and as an adjudicator for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Choral ensembles under her direction have received consistent distinguished ratings at adjudicated events, with exceptional success in judged sight-reading. In 2015, Katie was nominated for KMEA District 6 High School Educator of the Year. In her spare time, she coaches musical theatre and opera productions with the local high school programs and community theaters. 

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Hillary Ridgley is a visiting assistant professor of music education at the Setnor School of Music with a dual appointment in Syracuse University’s School of Education. She is the conductor of the Syracuse University Women’s Choir and teaches courses in choral methods and conducting. Ridgley is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Her research interests include choral text, the poetry of Sara Teasdale in choral music, music literacy, and community service partnerships and field experience for music therapy and choral music education students. She co-directed the MTC Women’s Prison Glee Club for three years. Ridgley holds a Ph.D. in choral conducting/music education from the Florida State University. Previously, she taught 12 years in the public-school systems of Florida and South Carolina. Choirs under Ridgley’s direction have performed at the National Kodaly Convention, Florida Music Educators Association Conference, Florida ACDA Conference, and Southern Division Conference of ACDA. Ridgley received a B.M.E. from Stetson University and M.M.E. from the University of South Carolina. 


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Originally from Mobile, AL, Joseph Powell is a conductor and tenor from Memphis, TN. He holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in music education and choral conducting. Currently, Powell is in his fifth year as Director of Choirs at White Station High School where he directs the Chorale, Men’s Choir, Advanced Women’s Choir, and Intermediate Women’s Choir. He also directs the all-male a cappella group, DoReHe. Under his direction, the Chorale has been selected to perform at the TMEA Professional Development Conference in 2015 and 2018. DoReHe has been selected for exhibition performances at the A Cappella Education Association’s National A Cappella Convention in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In addition to his teaching career, Powell is an active performer, appearing with Opera Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Chorus, where he is a rehearsal assistant. Powell has performed in opera and musical theater productions with Opera Memphis, IRIS Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi, and the St. Paul’s Players. Powell is also the organist/choirmaster at Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Memphis. He resides in East Memphis with his wife, Samantha, director of choirs at White Station Middle School.