The Louisville Youth Choir
The Louisville Youth Choir Staff
Dr. Louie L. Bailey, Conductor of the Chorale s, is in his 12th year with The Louisville Youth Choir. He is Minister of Music and Organist at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, where he administrates a diverse musical program of 10 musical groups (choirs, handbell groups, vocal ensembles, orchestra, & voice classes) for all ages preschool through senior adults. He is Musical Director at The Temple Adath Israel/B’rith Sholom, and plays piano with the Louisville Trio. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Campbellsville University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he accompanies the Oratorio Chorus. He also directs the Latin Choirs for the Highlands Latin School.
A native of Decatur, Georgia, he received the Bachelor of Music degree (Music Education & Piano) from Georgia State University. He received the degrees Master of Church Music (Vocal Performance & Music Education) and Doctor of Musical Arts (Voice, Music Education & Music Theory) from Southern Seminary. He sang with the Robert Shaw Atlanta Symphony Chorus and has done post-graduate conducting and vocal study at Westminster Choir College (Princeton and Washington Cathedral), Oberlin College, Ohio State University, the Robert Shaw Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops, and Southern Seminary. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Educators National Conference, and Kentucky Music Educators Association.
He has conducted, taught and performed in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, & Ohio; London, England; Kwangjou & Taejon, Korea; Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia; Mexico City, Mexico; & Toronto, Canada. In May 2003 the Treble Choir which he conducted along with the Boys’ Choir performed in Carnegie Hall. He has prepared groups for concerts at Kentucky Music Educators Association and other festivals. His hobbies are reading, traveling, swimming, “beach-bumming” and ballroom dancing. He is married to June Bailey, who teaches voice and piano privately in a home studio. They have two sons, Sean, 29, and Evan, 32, who live in Louisville.
Alison M. Erwin is in her first season as Development Associate with The Louisville Youth Choir. She comes to us from a tenure with the Fund for the Arts. Ms. Erwin holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University and has completed Master’s studies in Arts Administration from Northern Kentucky University. Currently, Alison directs the choral program at Camp Ernst Middle School and teaches private voice and piano.
Terri E. Foster is currently in her seventh season with The Louisville Youth Choir, Artists in Residence at the Ursuline School for the Performing Arts. Newly appointed this season as the Interim Artistic/Executive Director, Mrs. Foster is the former conductor of Bella Voce, Girls’ Choir and The Louisville Children’s Choir which performed at Carnegie Hall and has received national and international invitations for performance. She currently directs the newly formed Les Chambres, an advance unchanged voice ensemble and Kantorei, a mixed voice ensemble. Mrs. Foster is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (vocal emphasis) where she studied under Don Everette, Shirley Wilkinson and Michael Neely. She has completed Master’s studies in Vocal Performance from the same institution as a student of Edith Davis Tidwell.
Mrs. Foster’s conducting experience includes teaching assignments in both public and private schools, grades K-12. She is a former voice teacher at the Ursuline School for the Performing Arts and currently maintains a private voice studio. Terri’s musical and conducting experience has lead her to create general music and choral programs, and her most recent school appointment was as choral director at Sacred Heart Academy from 1997-2003. Choirs under her direction have received top ratings at district, state and national competitions and have toured extensively, including: Toronto, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Orlando and New Orleans to name a few. The Louisville Children’s Choir, under her direction, was selected and performed for the 2005 Kentucky Music Educator’s State Conference. In November of 2007, The Louisville Youth Choir, under her direction, performed with the Moscow Ballet in their United States touring production of The Great Russian Nutcracker.
Mrs. Foster is an active member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association and the Kentucky American Choral Director’s Association where she served as the R & S Chair for Children’s Choirs. She also was the coordinator for the 2005 & 2006 KY-ACDA Elementary All-State Choruses. She is a past chair for the K.M.E.A. SSA All-State Choirs and is a judge for the K.M.E.A. Kentucky All-State auditions. Terri has been conducting since 1993 and has worked with Z. Randall Stroope, Charlotte Adams, Dr. Meg Hulley Frazier, Dr. Sandra Willets, David Harman, Kimcherie Lloyd, Frank Heller, Gina Epifano, David Brown and Bill Lathon to name a few. Mrs. Foster is a past Assistant Guest Choral Conductor of the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp held annually at Eastern Kentucky University as well as past conductor for the Jefferson County SSA All-County Choir. In the fall of 2007, Terri was the guest conductor for the KY-ACDA SSA All-State Choir. Mrs. Foster is often called upon as an adjudicator and clinician. Her other professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, American Choral Directors Association, and Delta Omicron. Her professional vocal career includes performing with the Kentucky Opera, the Stephen Foster Story, community theatre groups and various solo engagements with churches and private events. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Scott and their son Aidan Rhys.
Martha M. Gibbs is beginning her third season with The Louisville Youth Choir and began her position of Operations Associate in February of 2006. She comes to us from a ten year tenure as Minister of Children’s Education and Music at Middletown Christian Church. While working at MCC, Martha directed two children’s choirs, three handbell choirs ranging from Kindergarten to Adults, and a touring middle school choir, performing such musicals as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Martha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from Georgetown College and is a licensed minister in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. She has also worked with children and youth from Beargrass Christian Church, Peewee Valley Presbyterian, Strathmoor Presbyterian, Midlane Park Presbyterian and First Presbyterian in Frankfort.
Along with her duties at LYC, she currently is the part time Director of Music at Newburg Christian Church, teaches piano lessons at Maryhurst and Meyzeek Middle School, maintains a private piano studio and is the Calliopist for the Belle of Louisville.
Rhonda Hibdon graduated in 1980 from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois with a B.A. in music with emphasis in organ. Since that time she has worked extensively in church music as organist, pianist, accompanist for choirs and ensembles, directing children’s, youth and preschool choirs, and has directed both youth and adult handbell choirs. Rhonda is the K-2 music teacher at the Highlands Latin School and is the Director of Music at New Goshen Presbyterian Church. She currently is a private piano instructor at Calvin Academy of Music, and is in her second season with The Louisville Youth Choir.
Thomas A. Seacat is in his twenty-seventh consecutive season with the Louisville Youth Choirs and serves as the assistant musical director/accompanist for the Kantorei and Les Chambres Choirs. He has previously served as assistant musical director for the Concert, Aria, Bella Voce, and Chorale Choirs. Mr. Seacat is an alumnus of the Louisville Youth Choir where he sung under the direction of Arnold Epley and Michael Neeley. He is currently serving as the Director of Musical Ensembles and Organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky where he has been since 1997. Mr. Seacat previously served as the Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Louisville for over twenty-four years. During his tenure there he also conducted the children’s choirs. Mr. Seacat is the Program Section Supervisor for the Quality Control Branch with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Frankfort, Ky. He has been with the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over twenty-eight years.
Mr. Seacat graduated with honors from the University of Louisville School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in piano. He continued his graduate studies at the same University where he received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in piano. Mr. Seacat received several fellowship awards and also received the award for the Most Outstanding Graduating Senior. He served as the accompanist for the University Singers under the direction of Bill Lathon as well as the primary accompanist for several professors at the School of Music. Mr. Seacat’s conducting experience includes teaching for three years in the public school system in Southern Indiana. He was responsible for instrumental and vocal programs in Elementary, Middle School and High School. Mr. Seacat is asked to work with local High Schools and Middle Schools for seasonal performances as well as assisting in the preparation for solo/ensemble contests each year. He has worked in various recording studios to prepare accompaniments for Miss Kentucky candidates. He also has served as accompanist for the Kentucky Choral Director’s Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, Junior and Senior High All-State Choruses, and All-County Choruses in Jefferson County.
Mr. Seacat has performed several seasons with the Louisville Bach Society and Southern Indiana Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Melvin Dickinson and Rubin Sher. He has had the opportunity to study or work with Sam Hodges, Dr. Maurice Henson, Doris Owens (Bickell), Francis Fuge, Paul Kling, Frank Heller, Edith Tidwell, Melvin Dickinson, Michael Neeley, Dr. Phillip Landgraves, John Dickson, Arnold Epley, Fletcher Smith, and John Rutter. Mr. Seacat is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, American Guild of Organists, and past member of Phi Mu Alpha. He has also worked with Embrey International Entertainment Agency in Nashville, Tennessee.
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