Claudia Bigler – Artistic Director
Claudia Bigler is recently retired from 24 years 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 working as a member of the UHSAA State Adjudication Committee. 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 continues to direct Honor Choirs around the west by invitation. She has twice been a director for the Utah Ambassadors of Music European Tour. Her choral groups have performed for Region ACDA Convention, and for the UMEA Convention.
In 2012, Ms. Bigler was recognized with the Superior Accomplishment Award, from UMEA. 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. She is a published composer, with several pieces in print.
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.
HEATHER WILLIAMS -- ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Heather Williams is a life-long singer and lover of music. She began singing with her grandfather as soon as she could stand next to him on a stage. In a cosmic "full-circle" way, her love for performing grew while participating in "The Music Company," a children's choir directed by a young Claudia Bigler. She went on to study vocal performance/pedagogy at both BYU and USU; eventually obtaining a Bachelor of Science from USU with a double major in Family and Human Development, and a music minor.
Heather has taught private vocal student in for 28 years. She owned and operated a successful children's performing choir in Orem, and subsequently in Brigham City for 12 years. She has taught children from the age 3 to 53, and loves teaching all ages. She has been a preschool teacher specializing in music, a music consultant for elementary schools, and a co-director of TaVaci Trios and Teen Groups. Most recently, she was employed by Box Elder Middle School as a choir director, and assisted as a long term substitute for the US Women's Choir. She loves sharing her love of singing with her four musical children, and her music-loving (and very supportive) husband.
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. More recently, she completed the 2017 Early Childhood Music Professional Development Course (Level 1) in the Gordon Institute for Music Learning at Temple University. 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, We Friends Preschool and offers private lessons in her studio. She has presented at Utah Early Childhood Conference, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah Chapter of American Orff-Schulwerk Association. 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.
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
Leslie Timmons - Orff Specialist and Professor of Elementary Music Education
LESLIE TIMMONS, Associate Professor, is responsible for the flute studio and elementary music methods in the Music Department, Caine College of the Arts, at Utah State University. She is flutist with the American Festival Orchestra and has performed with Lansing Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Pacific Repertory Opera, and Utah Festival Opera.
As an Orff Schulwerk specialist she has been on the staff of the Cache Children's Choir since her appointment in 1991. She has worked extensively in elementary schools as an Artist-in-Residence with both the Utah Arts Council and the Utah State Office of Education and has served on the national boards of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the American Recorder Society. She directs teacher education courses on the Logan campus each summer and is a clinician for workshops across the country. In 1999 the Utah Music Educators Association designated her "Utah's Outstanding Music Educator".
Leslie is a founding member of the USU faculty woodwind quintet, Logan Canyon Winds. As an ensemble they have commissioned numerous works that engage young audiences in active participation during concerts, sometimes involving students directly in performance. These include works by Professor Emeritus Dennis Griffin, Philip Parker and Libby Larsen. Their most recent work for double quintet, "Sacred Women" by composer Jeff Scott, was premiered at the National Flute Association convention in Las Vegas in 2012.
Her duo ~AirFare~ with clarinetist Nicholas Morrison toured under the auspices of the Utah Performing Arts Tour, as an American Cultural Specialist Abroad and as a representative of the U.S. Department of State and is listed on the Utah Arts Council Arts Education roster on Now Playing Utah. Teaching and performing activities have taken them across the United States and to Haiti, Netherlands, Central America, and the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah.
Leslie was awarded a Fulbright grant for post-graduate study at the Orff Institute/Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and was active in establishing the first Utah Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She is currently serving as Vice President for Elementary Music on the board of the Utah Music Educators Association.