Laura Gillett studied musicology and conducting at the University of Michigan where she earned a masters degree in both choral and instrumental conducting. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, she studied with Lynn Whitten, Lawrence Kaptein, and Joan Conlon, and wrote her doctoral dissertation on liturgy and choral music. Gillett has studied conducting with David Daniels, Jerry Blackstone, Gunther Schuler, Gunther Herbig, and Gustav Meier. She has served as music director of the Boulder Chorale and founded its Chamber Ensemble. Laura was assistant director of the Pontiac-Oakland Symphony and choirmaster of the Ann Arbor Bach Society, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Philharmonic and Evergreen symphonies. For the last 12 years, Gillett served as the music and liturgy director at Guardian Angels Church in Mead where she founded Seraphic Voices Schola, a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to bringing great choral music to the liturgies of front-range churches in Colorado.
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.
Paul Cawood Hellmund