Staff

 

Amanda Stevenson

Founder & Managing Artistic Director

Amanda Stevenson is the Founder and Managing Artistic Director of the Omaha Children’s Choir. Previously, Mrs. Stevenson taught at Fort Madison Middle school in Fort Madison, Iowa and at Harding Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa. While at Harding Middle School, she grew the program from 2 choirs with 125 students to 4 choirs with over 200 students. While at Harding, she committed herself to bringing young people of all backgrounds together through music. She has previously taught voice at Iowa Western Community College and Elementary and Middle School Music Methods at Grace University and University of Nebraska at Omaha. Ms. Stevenson currently teaches vocal music at Titan Hill Intermediate School in the Lewis Central Community School District and is a teaching artist for WeBop, an early childhood jazz program, through Omaha Performing Arts.

Ms. Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Iowa Wesleyan University (2006) and a Master of Music with an emphasis in choral music education from Western Illinois University (2010). Her thesis entitled The Effect of Specific Strategies on the Sight Singing Performance of High School Singers was presented at the Iowa Music Educators Association Conference. Additionally, she has presented sessions regionally that focus on connecting the choral experience with community needs. She has been an active performer as a vocalist and instrumentalist in various vocal and instrumental ensembles, performing a wide range of musical styles from classical traditions to jazz. Currently, Ms. Stevenson sings with NExus Vocal Jazz Ensemble as well as the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choir. Ms. Stevenson has conducted choirs of all levels including elementary, secondary, university, and adult choirs in a variety of settings. She is an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA). Ms. Stevenson has served as the the Children’s Choir Repertoire and Resource Chair for the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association. She currently serves on the National ACDA Diversity Subcommittee. She remains an active choral adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician in the Midwest. Ms. Stevenson is a recipient of the Jefferson Award, an award which recognizes a local citizen that engages in social good, inspiring others, and drives lasting solutions for the communities.

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For inquiries regarding Voices for Unity, Ambassadors of Change, collaborative partnerships, adjudication opportunities, or teacher support, contact Amanda: amanda@omahachildrenschoir.org.

 

 
 
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Janelle Skoog-Shafer

Early Childhood Music Specialist

Janelle Skoog-Shafer is the Early Childhood Music Specialist for the Omaha Children's Choir. She was raised in a musical family with a rich musical heritage. Her grandfather played in several bands, including the Six Fat Dutchmen! For the past 8 years, she has been a teacher with Arts for All and has been a licensed teacher of the Music Together program. She is excited to work with the OCC Early Childhood program and watch the children start their own musical heritage.

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For inquiries regarding Itty Bitty Music Makers program, contact Janelle: janelle@omahachildrenschoir.org.

 
 
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Omar Martinez

Assistant Choir Conductor South

Omar Martinez is the Assistant Choir Conductor for our South Omaha Choir.

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Bio coming soon.

Contact Omar: theomarmartinez@gmail.com

 
 
 
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Carissa Stout

Accompanist

Carrisa Stout is the accompanist for Omaha Children’s Choir. Carissa is a flutist and pianist, currently living in Des Moines, IA. She received her bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Northern Iowa and is finishing her master's degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music this fall. She teaches 5th grade band in the Southeast Polk school district and plays flute in the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble. Carissa enjoys accompanying students for concerts and contests as well.  

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