Nathan Payant is a devoted conductor, educator, and professional singer who strives to cultivate long-lasting connections with others through the choral arts. He has over fifteen years of choral teaching and conducting experience at the middle school, high school, college, and professional levels. Currently, Nathan is on the choral faculty at Colorado State University, where he directs the Concert Choir, is the Director of the Summer Master of Music Education–Conducting Specialization degree program for working music educators, mentors student teaching candidates, and teaches various other music courses. He is also on the choral faculty at the University of Denver and conducts the Women’s Chorus.
A passionate advocate for choral music education, Nathan is fervently involved in NAfME, CMEA, ACDA, and CoACDA, placing special emphasis on encouraging lifelong singing. He is frequently invited to present lectures and reading sessions at state conferences, as well as visit and clinic at local high schools throughout the Front Range. He has served on the Colorado All-State Choir Board, the Vocal Music Council of CMEA, and the Colorado ACDA Council as the Women’s Choir R&R Chair. He fully believes in promoting standards of the choral repertoire, as well as discovering and supporting newly composed works.
Nathan is a very active member of the professional choral community in Colorado. In addition to his work with Laudamus Chamber Chorale, he is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Anima Chamber Ensemble, General Manager of Colorado Bach Ensemble, and sings professionally with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and Colorado Bach Ensemble. Most recently, he discovered a new passion for composing/arranging and was honored to have his first several choral arrangements published through Hal Leonard Publishing.
A native of South Dakota, Nathan earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. He received his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Colorado State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Nathan enjoys traveling and spending time with his beautiful wife, Natalie, and three daughters, Faythe, Ava, and Lilian.
Linda McGinn is recently retired after teaching students choral music for 31 years. She received a BM in Organ Performance and a BM in Education from Colorado State University, studying with Robert Cavarra and James McCray. She received an MA in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. Her teaching experience included Thompson Valley HS in Loveland, Gunnison HS, Alamosa HS and Pueblo South HS. In addition to her teaching experience, Mrs. McGinn served as staff accompanist at Western State Colorado University, Adams State University and Colorado State University-Pueblo, and choral director at the Gunnison Community Church. Mrs. McGinn was a board member for both the Colorado Music Educators Association and the Colorado American Choral Directors Association and now serves as a judge for the Colorado All-State Choir auditions. Linda and her husband Wayne have two grown children (Caitlin and Zack) and have returned to Loveland in 2013 (where they first met 32 years ago!) where Wayne has taken on head football coaching duties at Loveland High School.