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McKenna Stenson is currently in her fourth year as Choral Director and CFPA Vocal Director at Charles J. Colgan High School. Mrs. Stenson, who was named “New Faculty Member of the Year” in 2017, currently directs five choirs during the day and three after school ensembles at Colgan High School. She holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University and dual bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The Ohio State University. Throughout her studies she has been honored to receive many scholarships and awards including Choral Fellow at Michigan State and The Ohio State Student Teacher of the Year award in 2014.
Under the direction of Mrs. Stenson the Colgan Choral Ensembles have been invited to perform at venues such the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, the state-wide 2018 VMEA Conference, and serve as arts ambassadors throughout the Virginia Commonwealth. The Colgan Choirs routinely receive superior ratings at VCDA Assessment and are proud to be part of a “Blue Ribbon” school for the second year in a row. Members of Colgan Choirs are annually selected for honor choruses such as All-Virginia Chorus, Senior Honor Choir, and ACDA Regional and National choruses.
Mrs. Stenson has studied voice in Graz, Austria through the American Institute of Musical Studies, performed with Opera NEO as Barbarina in Le Nozze de Figaro in San Diego, CA, and was an active member of the Dayton Opera Chorus throughout her time at OSU. She continues to study voice as part of the Harris Voice Studio based in Greenwich, CT and performs with the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg.
Since arriving in Northern Virginia in 2014 Mrs. Stenson served as artistic director for the Arlington Community Chorus, performed professionally with the “Words and Music” vocal quarter, taught the Children’s Chorus of Washington Prep Classes and consistently judged all-state and district events. In her free time, Mrs. Stenson enjoys running, singing and exploring Virginia with her husband Bryan Stenson. Mr. Stenson is a tenor in the “Army Voices,” a vocal group within Pershing’s Own Army Bands and she is extremely thankful for his love and support!
Dr. Klontz is the newest member of the Colgan High School Music Dept. She will team teach several choral ensembles with Mrs. Stenson, and teach Class Piano and Musical Theatre Class in the 2018-19 school year. Dr. Klontz received a Bachelor of Music Education in French Horn, Piano, and Voice from the University of Akron, a Master of Music in French Horn Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from George Mason University. She began her career as a professional horn player, but her love of teaching drew her into a career in education where she has taught at every level from pre-kindergarten to college. She most recently taught in the Arlington Virginia Public Schools.
Ensembles under the direction of Dr. Klontz have received the highest accolades and been invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, The White House, The National Cathedral, and The Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center. She is active as a guest conductor, clinician, vocalist, and composer. Her composition, “Point Me to the Stars”, is published with Hal Leonard as part of the Henry Leck Choral Artistry Series. To learn more about Dr. Klontz visit her website, http://www.mary-hannahklontz.com/
Topher has performed at many concert halls and universities in the United States. As a promoter of new music, he has recently performed over a dozen world-premiers at a variety of International and National festivals such as the International Horn Symposium, the International Trombone Symposium, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance National Festival, the 45th National Seminar of Intercollegiate Men's Choruses, and many other events.
Recent solo and collaborative recitals have taken him through Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Vermont, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. His performances have been heard on Indiana Public Radio, West Virginia Public Radio, and other various local broadcasts.
Upon completion of his piano performance degrees from Ithaca College (BM), Kent State University (MM), and Ball State University (DM), Topher has served on faculty at Anderson University, Taylor University, and most recently was Assistant Professor of Music at Alderson Broaddus University. He currently teaches at Levine Music and during summers in on faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI.