Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Japanese-American conductor Shohei Kobayashi, 26, aspires to synthesize his varied insights as singer/songwriter, multi-genre bandmate, choral musician, and art song interpreter to inspire deeply personal musical experiences. Following two years of assistant conducting at Lewis & Clark College and First Presbyterian Church of Portland, Shohei moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to earn his MM in conducting from the University of Michigan with Jerry Blackstone. This fall, Shohei entered the DMA in conducting program at UM; following Dr. Blackstone’s retirement in 2018, Shohei will continue his doctoral studies with Eugene Rogers.
Rayvon T.J. Moore is a conductor, baritone, and music educator. In his first year as a DMA student at the Eastman School of Music, he studies privately with Dr. William Weinert, conducts the Eastman Repertory Singers, and teaches conducting. In addition to his work at Eastman, Moore leads Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Community Chorus and serves as the director of music at Western Presbyterian Church. He holds a Master of Music degree from CSU Fullerton, and a Bachelors of Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California.
Jono is a graduate student and associate instructor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in the second year of a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, under the tutelage of Betsy Burleigh, Dominick DiOrio, and Walter Huff. Prior to this he taught for six years in the Mathematics Department at Rangitoto College in Auckland, New Zealand, where he also directed the school’s premier choir, The Fundamentals. In 2015, The Fundamentals toured to Germany, winning two gold medals at the Grand Prix of Nations in Magdeburg. Most recently Jono participated in masterclasses with Helmuth Rilling at the 11th World Symposium of Choral Music in Barcelona.
Jennifer Sengin is a DMA student in choral conducting at Michigan State University where she directs the Women's Glee Club and assists in the undergraduate choral methods course. Previously, Jennifer served as the director of choirs at East Brunswick High in N.J. and on the faculty of the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter and has contributed to articles in the Choral Journal & Tempo Magazine. She served as R&S chair of Ethnic and Multicultural Repertoire for NJ-ACDA. Jennifer earned a MM in Choral Conducting from Ithaca College.
Amanda Weber is in her final year of doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Minnesota, where she conducts the Campus Singers Gold and assistant conducts the University Singers. In the community, Weber is the director of music at Trinity Lutheran Congregation as well as the founder and director of Voices of Hope, a women's prison choir in Shakopee, Minnesota. Weber received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Art at Luther College.