Presider - Jeff Peckham - All-State Jazz Choir Chair
All-State Jazz Choir Concerts
David von Kampen (b. 1986) is a composer from Lincoln, Nebraska. David’s creative work spans a wide variety of genres and styles, including jazz, choral music, hymnody and liturgy, solo voice, chamber music, and musical theater. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Nebraska. He has studied composition with James Barnes, Dan Gailey, Forrest Pierce, Eric Richards, and Randall Snyder.
David is a six-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, a three-time winner of the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers Competition, and was named the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year for his song cycle “Under the Silver and Home Again.” He has been among ten winners of the ORTUS International New Music Competition, the recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award, winner of the San Francisco Choral Artists New Voices Project, winner of the National Band Association’s Young Jazz Composers Competition, and received Honorable Mention in the New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions. Puddin’ and the Grumble, David’s original musical with playwright Becky Boesen, was one of seven finalists for the Richard Rodgers award.
David has over 60 choral and instrumental compositions and arrangements published with Walton Music, G. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, Concordia Publishing House, Pavane Publishing, UNC Jazz Press, Graphite, MusicSpoke, and others. His music has been performed by the KHORIKOS Vocal Ensemble, the L.A. Choral Lab, KC VITAs Chamber Choir, the Taiwan Youth Festival Chorus, San Francisco Choral Artists, the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and by collegiate, all-state, high school, and church ensembles throughout the United States and internationally.
David is a lecturer of music theory and literature at the University of Nebraska, where he teaches a variety of music courses and directs the Jazz Singers. He also teaches applied composition at Concordia University, Neb., and serves as Music Coordinator for Sanctuary Worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln. David is a member of ASCAP, the Jazz Education Network, and the American Choral Directors Association. He is active as a conductor and pianist, and as a clinician for vocal and instrumental ensembles. He lives in Lincoln with his wife Mollie and two daughters.
Leila Heil is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. After teaching choir at the high school level in Kansas, Arizona and Colorado, she joined the faculty of Ohio State University and later Colorado State University. Conducting credits include the 2001 International Association of Jazz Educators conference, numerous national and international performance tours, assistant conductor of the Grammy Jazz Choir, and honor choirs in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Texas. In recent years, she has been an active clinician at national and international music education conferences including the Midwest Clinic, the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Conference, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Research and Teacher Education Conference, the NAfME National In-service Conference, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference. She has also presented at state NAfME and ACDA conferences in Colorado, Arizona, Ohio and Texas. She has authored and co-authored articles on improvisation (Music Educators Journal), vocal jazz rehearsal strategies (Choral Journal), pre-service music teacher identity (Visions in Music Education Research), pre-service teacher preparation (Contributions to Music Education), and trends in choral repertoire selection (Choral Journal).
KIRK MARCY is a 1983 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree.
In 1987, he joined the prestigious Four Freshmen, performing with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. His duties in the Four Freshmen included singing bass vocals, playing keyboards and trumpet/trombone.
In 1988, Kirk Marcy returned to the Pacific Northwest to become the Director of Soundsation, the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble at Edmonds College. Soundsation has the distinction of being the only choral group to ever be invited to sing with the Count Basie Orchestra.
A passionate conductor of all styles of choral music, Kirk also directs the Edmonds College Symphonic Choir. 2021-22 marks his 34th year of teaching at Edmonds College.
Kirk is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator for choral and jazz festivals throughout the country. He has guest conducted All-State Concert and Jazz Choirs in fifteen states as well as Canada.
In his spare time, Kirk is a gourmet chef, enjoying cooking Greek, Thai, Japanese, German and Italian specialties.