Amazing Choir Staff.
Founder and Artistic Director
Our founder has always had a burning desire to inspire people with vocal music, and what better way to do so than by leading an organization that gives thousands of children the skills necessary to develop their voices and musical talent? Her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Texas (Austin) and her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Colorado (Boulder) formally prepared Jena for this mission. Her postgraduate study through Choral Music Experience (Doreen Rao), the Kodály Institute (in both the U.S. and Hungary), Toronto Children’s Chorus Symposia (Jean Ashworth Bartle), Creating Artistry (Henry Leck) and other specialized courses has propelled her to the forefront of children’s choral organization leadership. She has prepared children’s choruses and soloists for many of the leading choral and instrumental conductors in the state. As a leader in the field, Jena has served the Colorado chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as R &S chair for Children’s Choirs and the Organization of American Kodály Educators as a member of the National Children’s Choir Committee. She is currently ACDA’s Southwestern Division Children’s Choir R&S Chair. Her moments of greatest joy are found in the highs of rehearsals and performances of the Young Voices choirs and the Sing A Mile High International Children’s Choral Festival.
Program and Festival Director
Administrative and Training Choir Director
Margie is the Administrative Director and directs TrebleMakers and FirstVoices. She recently retired from the music education faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she taught the music methods classes and supervises student teachers. Mrs. Camp taught public school music for 30 years and retired from the Cherry Creek School District in 2004 after spending 15 years as choir director at Campus Middle School. Mrs. Camp also served the Cherry Creek School District as the music coordinator. Margie is SWACDA Past President and has been Program Chair for the many SWACDA Conferences. She has served both Colorado ACDA and Colorado Music Educators Association in many leadership capacities. Margie has served as clinician, adjudicator and director for workshops, contests and honor choirs throughout the United States. Prior to coming to Colorado, Margie taught in San Antonio. While in Texas, she served the Texas Choral Director’s Association as Secretary/Treasurer and was on the board of Texas Music Educator’s Association. Mrs. Camp received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Trinity University, her Master of Music from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Specialist in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Margie was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame.
Tyson V. Repke is a former submarine Nuclear Reactor Operator turned teacher, musician, conductor, and actor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado (graduating summa cum laude) and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. He has taught/conducted middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult choirs in Colorado for over nine years. Mr. Repke is also an avid performer, singing almost every style from opera to jazz. He has been a section leader and/or featured soloist for numerous performing ensembles across Colorado, performed the National Anthem for several sporting events including DU Pioneers Hockey and the Denver Broncos, and sang backup vocals for Josh Groban in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. On stage, he is best known as a character actor, or tenor buffo.
Meaghan recently completer her Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri. She taught K-8 general music and choir at St. Joseph Cathedral School for three years and served worked at Missouri United Methodist Church for several years. She also worked with The Odyssey Chamber Music Series as their performance fellow. She also has been a private voice teacher in Missouri. She moved to Colorado two years ago and is the choir director for The Academy and to works with 5th through 12th graders. Meaghan is very excited to work with Crescendo!
Parent Liaison and Administrative Assistant
YVC Collaborative Pianists
Born at Wright-Patterson AFB, but a native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Benjamin has studied organ with Mark Coffey, Laura Ellis and Joseph Galema, and piano with Annette Joe and Betty Sue Shepherd. He received his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Florida and the Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. Since moving to Denver in 2009, Benjamin remains active in the metro area as an accompanist, working regularly with choirs and productions in multiple school districts. He also serves as Organist at Holy Comforter Episcopal, Broomfield, where he provides service music and accompanies the choir on the 1869 Hook organ, Colorado’s oldest pipe organ. Previously, Benjamin served as Associate Music Director for First Plymouth UCC in Englewood, CO, and Organist at First UMC, Gainesville, Florida. A past Dean of the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter, Benjamin continues his work with the local organ guild as Calendar Coordinator.
Kimean is thrilled to be a part of Young Voices of Colorado once again. After moving to Colorado at the age of ten in the fall of 2007, she studied classical piano under the excellent tutorage of Valerie Mishek for seven years and won musical competitions, including placing 2nd at the 2014 Sonatina Festival performing Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata. She also participated in YVC choirs from 2009 to 2015, earning the Life Long Singer award, singing in Signature, and serving as a member of the choir council and as an ambassador at the annual Sing S Mile High event. Her final YVC performance was the honor of singing the Ave Maria solo in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris during the 2015 YVC Europe tour. As a songwriter, Kimean has published a 10-track album of originals in 2014 titled Reflections and writes devotional music based on the book of Psalms for the Smoky Hill Vineyard Church, where she serves as a worship leader. Kimean aspires to become a choral conductor and is majoring in vocal performance and music education with a computer science minor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Kathryn Ake, President
Mary Fran O’Connor, Vice-President
Catherine Collins, Secretary
Dan Miller, Treasurer
Jena Dickey, Founder/Artistic Director
Casey Bergeron, Member-at-Large
Carole Hedrick, Member-at-Large
Catherine Huggins, Member-at-Large
Alec Lee, Member-at-Large
Lorene Thornburg, Member-at-Large
Amy Younts, Member-at-Large
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