Timothy Campbell is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota, where he conducts the Concert Choir and Men’s and Women’s Chorus, and teaches courses in applied voice and choral literature and techniques. A doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, he is currently completing a DMA in Choral Conducting with a Minor in Voice, and also holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (MM in Choral Conducting) and Bemidji State University (BS in Vocal Music Education). He recently served as Interim Director of Choral Activities at West Virginia University, where he directed three choral ensembles and taught undergraduate conducting. He has directed the St. Luke’s Early Music Ensemble (TX), the University of Minnesota Early Music Ensemble, and the University of Arizona’s Honor Choir, Kantorei, and University Singers. He has also served as associate director for Men’s Consort Houston, and the CORO Vocal Artists. As a singer, Timothy has performed with many of the nation's finest professional ensembles, including The Rose Ensemble, VocalEssence, The Singers, the Tucson Chamber Artists, the Houston Chamber Choir, Cantare Houston, and Conspirare, with whom he was a member on the Grammy®-nominated and Edison award-winning CD, Requiem.
Currently a freelance opera singer, but coming from a choral background, tenor Stephen Carroll has had the pleasure of singing with such conductors as Paul Head, Jerry McCoy, Jerry Blackstone, and Anton Armstrong, among others. During his time at the University of Delaware, Stephen was president of the UD Chorale, which toured Sweden, Finland, and Estonia before winning the Grand Prix at the International Choir Festival in Talinn in 2007. Additionally, Stephen toured China with the UD Chorale in the summer of 2009. Stephen’s concert engagements in the 2015-2016 season have included the tenor solo in Handel’s Messiah with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and The Dayton Philharmonic. Operatic engagements included an apprenticeship with The Glimmerglass festival and the role of Siegfried in Act II of Siegfried with Queen City Chamber Opera. In February, Stephen will sing the role of Cassio in Verdi’s Otello with Dayton Opera. Past engagements have included Kentucky Opera, Opera North, Central City Opera, Heartland Opera, and Sarasota Opera, as well as a summer as a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Stephen holds a bachelor of music from University of Delaware, a master of music from University of North Texas, and an artist diploma from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
James Franklin directs the East Carolina University choral program where he conducts the internationally renowned ECU Chamber Singers, directs the Men’s Chorus, teaches undergraduate conducting, and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. Prior to his appointment at ECU, he served as the Director of Choral Studies at Sam Houston State University and the Artistic Director and Conductor for the Brazos Valley Chorale. Within the last year, choirs under his direction have received invitations to perform at the SW-ACDA Convention in Little Rock, AR., Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC., and Duke Chapel in Durham, NC, and to collaborate with ensembles such as the Bach Society Houston, Rice University Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Orchestra, and Houston Masterworks Chorus. An active singer, he has performed with many professional choirs including South Dakota Chorale, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Bach Society Houston, and Dallas Bach Society. Recent recording projects include CDs with South Dakota Chorale (2014 & 2011) and the Houston Bach Society (2010). An active member of ACDA, IFCM, TMEA and TCDA, he often serves as a clinician and adjudicator. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, vocal emphasis, from Baylor University, his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas.
Benjamin Kornelis is a native of Lynden, Washington and holds degrees from Calvin College, Western Washington University, and Michigan State University. He has been Director of Choral Activities at Dordt College since 1994, where he directs the Concert Choir, Chorale, Bella Voce, and Kantorei, and teaches choral music education. An avocational composer, his choral works have been published by Boosey & Hawkes, Morningstar, and Walton Music; several of his compositions are available through the MusicSpoke marketplace (musicspoke.com), including his setting of “Time Is,” which was a 2015 Iowa Choral Directors Association/Iowa Composer’s Forum composition competition winner. He also serves as the director of the Chancel Choir of First Presbyterian Church in Sioux City, Iowa. He is a founding member of The South Dakota Chorale and currently serves on its Board of Directors.
Barrett Radziun, tenor, has performed widely throughout the United States, meriting critical acclaim for his performances in opera, oratorio, art song, and early music. Radziun is a graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Vocal Arts Program, a two-year program culminating in a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. The program is led by American soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Kayo Iwama, both of whom Radziun worked with closely. Radziun received his undergraduate training at the University of Northwestern – Saint Paul in Minnesota. He spent the summer of 2015 at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts as a vocal arts fellowship recipient. At Tanglewood, Radziun performed works ranging from Bach to Bolcom, including the world premiere of Where You Go by David Lang. Radziun’s recent concert work has included Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the American Symphony Orchestra, and tenor soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion and Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass. Radziun is currently a DMA candidate and teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, where he studies voice and pedagogy with Dr. Stephen Austin. www.barrettradziun.com
Tenor, conductor and music educator Timothy Sawyer is in his fourth season with the South Dakota Chorale. He received formal musical training at Bethel University (MN), Exeter University (England), and graduate study at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis and The University of Iowa. He has appeared as a tenor soloist throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, and at the Boston Early Music Festival, Montana’s Music on the Mountain Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and the Houston and Oregon Bach Festivals. He has sung, performed and recorded with Meredith Monk and her New York Ensemble, Dale Warland Singers, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale, Rochester Symphony, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus with which he shared in a Grammy Award for their recording of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Credo. From 1997-2004 he served as associate conductor of the Minnesota Chorale, and has led the Two Rivers Chorale since 2004. He is actively engaged as a guest conductor and clinician for choral festivals throughout the United States, western, central and eastern Europe and Asia. Since 1989, Sawyer has been a member of the music faculty at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul where he is director of choral activities, teaches conducting, voice, and conducts the Northwestern Choir, Varsity Men’s Chorus, and Chamber Singers. Timothy Sawyer has enjoyed an active career as a conductor, educator and professional singer after receiving formal musical training at Bethel University (Minnesota), Exeter University (England), and graduate study at the University of Minnesota and the University of Iowa. He has done advanced conducting studies with Helmuth Rilling, Margaret Hillis, Vance George, Gregg Smith, and Eric Ericson, among others. He is a veteran of numerous professional choirs, including the Dale Warland Singers, the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence, and the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. Since 1989, Sawyer has been director of choral activities at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, Minnesota where he teaches conducting, conducts the men’s chorus and the Northwestern Choir which has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, central and eastern Europe. He has been on the artistic staff of the conducting master classes at Toronto and Oregon Bach Festivals. In recent years, Mr. Sawyer has led festivals throughout Minnesota and the Midwest, in Tennessee, California and Illinois, and internationally in Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Asia.
Dr. Russell Svenningsen is assistant professor of music at Augustana University, where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale, teaches music theory and has a studio of voice students. Russell holds an M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati,College-Conservatory of Music and a B.M., music education, from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. His D.M.A., music education, was awarded from Boston University where he studied with Dr. Roger Mantie. An active performer, Svenningsen has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras and opera companies both locally and around the world. Recent performances include: presentations of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise around the Midwest, performances with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and appearances with Sounds of South Dakota, a local opera company, and a recital featuring the music of Roger Quilter, Samuel Barber and Benjamin Britten’s Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac. Svenningsen is also in demand as clinician and guest conductor and regularly travels to work with choirs of many different types around the United States. He has been a guest artist-in-residence at the Roxbury Choral Invitational, a choral festival in New Jersey, where he was privileged to hear and work with 24 choirs from five states. This is Russell’s first appearance with The South Dakota Chorale. He is a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.
With over 70 roles in his repertoire, Corey Trahan is being seen and heard internationally in repertoire ranging from operatic classics to modern musical theatre. Corey is Director of Music Theatre and Co-Director of “Broadway to Go” at Northwestern State University in Nachitoches, Louisiana. He teaches voice, acting, music theatre performance and serves as music director for main stage productions. Corey's academic degrees include the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, the Master of Music degree from the University of Houston and the Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University. He is also General Manager of Strauss Theatre Center in Monroe, Louisiana and a member of the American Guild of Music Artists, Actor’s Equity Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Bille Bruley, tenor, hails from Montgomery, Texas and is currently pursuing Graduate Studies in Opera Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying under Carol Vaness. He completed his studies in Vocal Performance at Baylor University in 2014. Recently, Bille was named Grand Prize Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in Houston, TX, and was a Regional Finalist at the MONC Gulf Coast Regional Finals. Mr. Bruley has participated in summer training and young artist programs, including most recently the Central City Opera as a member of the esteemed Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program. He was awarded the 2014 Central City Opera Studio Artist Award for his outstanding work as an artist and colleague. Other awards include the Thomas Stewart Award for Vocal Excellence from Baylor University, Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition Finalist, Lois Alba Aria Competition Finalist, and Second Prize in the National MTNA Young Artist Competition. He has appeared as soloist with many ensembles including The Texas Baroque Ensemble, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Baroque Ensemble, and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra.
Alex Bumpas is a tenor, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger well versed in classical and contemporary literature. Mr. Bumpas studied classical voice and jazz trumpet at the University of North Texas. While still in college, he began touring with Blood, Sweat, & Tears saxophonist Bill Tillman, where he sang and played lead trumpet. He attended numerous collegiate apprentice programs in both the US and in Europe. Upon graduation, Alex joined the national tour of the critically acclaimed musical Three Redneck Tenors. The show went on to be featured finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Mr. Bumpas has been a soloist with the Cleveland Pops, Russian National Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Knoxville Opera, and Orpheus Chamber Singers, to name a few. As a Trumpeter, Alex has played with Steve Tyrell, Larry Willis, Taylor Danes and many other Top 40 recording artists. He has enjoyed a steady side career as a studio musician on trumpet, piano, guitar, electric bass, and voice recording music with many artists in a wide range of styles. In 2011 Alex was selected by Marilyn Horne to attend the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. This past year, Mr. Bumpas co-wrote and arranged music for a new show titled Allegro, which fuses classical and modern music and comedy with a fresh twist.