Claudia Bigler – Artistic Director

Claudia Bigler

Claudia Bigler

Claudia Bigler is currently in her 24th year of directing choral music at Box Elder High School, in Brigham City, Utah. Prior to her tenure at Box Elder, she taught in the Carbon School District in Southeastern Utah for six years. She also directed a 100 voice children’s choir, The Music Company, in Brigham City for 6 years, before moving to Price. She has taught Middle School, Junior High School, and High School, and has served as a music consultant/teacher for the Northern Utah Home School Association, working with elementary students. She has loved teaching every age.

Ms. Bigler has served as Choral Vice-President of the Utah Music Educators Association, and is a past State President of Utah ACDA. She is currently serving as a member of the State Choral Committee, and as the UMEA/UHSAA State Adjudication Chair. She has served twice as a guest director for the Utah State Women’s Honor Choir, the Utah State Junior High School Honor Choir, the Cache Children’s Choirfest, the Clark County, Nevada, Honor Choirs, and numerous district honor choirs. She has twice been a director for the Utah Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

In 2012, Ms. Bigler was recognized with the Superior Accomplishment Award, from UMEA. She is a published composer, with several pieces in print.  In the 2014-15 school year, Mrs. Bigler was named Outstanding Music Educator by the Utah Music Educators Association.  She was also given the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Utah High School Activities Association, and went on to receive the same award for Section 7, which includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Hawaii. 

Ms. Bigler is married to Jeff Bigler, (a first tenor) and she and her husband were recently retired from singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, having reached the out-to-pasture age of 60.

Janni Richards

Janni Richards

Janni Richards - Associate Director

Janni Richards is a music teacher with multiple degrees from Utah State University. As a Brigham City native, she is very familiar with the Cache Children’s choir and the surrounding communities. Janni wasthe director for the Wasatch Children and Youth choirs at the Brigham City Fine Arts Center for 8 years.  She spent 2 years teaching and helping to develop the music curriculum at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning. Janni has spent the last 2 years as a director of the Terre Haute Children’s Choir at Indiana State University. Much of her artistic flair comes from her years under the tutelage of Milton C. Anderson, Music director for The Young Americans, Merrilee Webb, and Larry Boye, vocal specialist for EPCOT. She has been an artistic musical director for musicals at Heritage Community Theater in Perry, Utah and also enjoys performing with various local groups. Janni has a passion for helping young singers find their strength in music. She enjoys spending time with her husband Bryan and their 5 kids in her spare time.

Ewa Wilczynski - Cadenza Choir Director

Ewa Wilczynski has a Masters degree in Music Education from Marie Curie University in Poland.  She has obtained Orff-Schulwerk Teachers Training Certification (Levels 1 -3) from Utah State University and completed the International Summer Course 2014 in Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria.  Ewa is an experienced preschool music teacher and has taught flute, piano, and music theory for over 30 years in Poland, New Jersey and Utah.  She is currently on the faculty of the USU Youth Conservatory and teaches music at the Stokes Nature Center Preschool.  Ewa is also a founder of the program "Music for the Small and Tall" where she teaches early childhood music and the movement classes.  She is a member of the Utah Flute Association and serves on the board of the Utah Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Nathan Bigler - Chorale Co-Director

Nathan has a degree in music from BYU, and a Masters Degree in Music Theory and Composition from Northern Arizona University.  He sang with BYU Men's Chorus, BYU Concert Choir, and the Shrine of the Ages choir at NAU.   Nathan has taught high school choir in Arizona, and also served as adjunct faculty at Arizona Western College in Yuma.  He is currently a co-director of North Front Sound, a male Barbershop chorus in Davis County. 

Melody Francis- Caprice Choir Director

Melody is a graduate of Utah State University and certified public school teacher. She has completed all three levels of the Kodaly Course for Children’s Music Education and level 1 of Orff Musicianship Training.

Gaylene Merrill- CCC Administrative Assistant

Ken Canfield- CCC Treasurer