The Choral Area’s rich and diverse ensembles are supported by Ball State faculty, staff, and graduate assistants.

Faculty and Staff
  • Andrew Crow, director of choral activities
  • Kerry Glann, associate director of choral activities
  • Alan Alder, director of University Singers
  • Valerie Weingart, choral administrative assistant

Valerie Weingart, mezzo-soprano, is a senior vocal performance and creative writing double major from Salem, Ohio. She is also a member of the Ball State Honors College and is the President of Student Honors Council. At Ball State, she has given yearly recitals and appeared in the choruses of La Bohème, Dido and Aeneas, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Die Fledermaus. This spring, she will be performing the role of Cherubino in Ball State Opera Theater’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro. In December 2016, Valerie was one of the winners of the Ball State Undergraduate Concerto Competition. She has also received first place, second place, and honorable mention honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions. Valerie has performed opera scenes at summer festivals in Lucca, Italy (Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia Vocale di Lucca), Petoskey, Michigan (Bay View Music Festival), and, most recently, the Yucatan Peninsula (OperaMaya). In addition to singing, Valerie is a writer of both short fiction and creative non-fiction, and she is the Assistant Managing Editor of Ball State’s literary magazine, The Broken Plate. She studied voice with Amanda-Joyce Abbott for six years and is currently a student of Yoko Shimazaki-Kilburn.

Working as the choral administrative assistant, Valerie assists the department by managing the day-to-day operations of the choirs, including the choral library, finances, uniforms, interdepartmental communications, and more.

Sally GeibSally Geib taught as adjunct faculty for Middle Tennessee State University’s music department for six years where she co-developed a textbook-less curriculum for general education music classes and acted as a liaison to the public schools for the university’s dual enrollment program. She also volunteered as accompanist and assistant director for the Murfreesboro Community Men’s Chorus for five years. While in Tennessee, she was choir director and worship leader at Cloyd’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She received her Master of Arts in choral conducting from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Arts at Ball State University where she directs the University Choral Union. She also serves as the Director of Choirs at Hazelwood Christian Church in Muncie, Indiana.

Theo HicksTheo Hicks is in his first year at Ball State University pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting.  Most recently the choral and drama director at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School, he taught 7-12th grade vocal music and general music for almost 7 years.  An active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), he has led several music workshops, published several articles, served as a guest clinician, and written music for many ensembles within the organizations.

As a member of the BHS, he currently directs Circle City Sound, a male barbershop chorus in Indianapolis. He also sings lead in Instant Classic, the 2015 International Quartet Champions of the BHS, which tours extensively around the country.

Theo studied voice, piano, acting, and composition in his undergraduate program and graduated Cum Laude from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.  As a graduate assistant at Ball State University, he assists with the Chamber Choir and Statesmen, and also teaches two sections of aural skills.

Andrew MartinAndrew Martin is a choral director, clinician, and arranger based in Indianapolis, Indiana. A graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana, Andrew was privileged to be a member of the award-winning First Edition show choir and Varsity Singers concert choir. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Ball State University in 2006 and his Master’s degree in Music Technology from IUPUI in 2012.

From 2003-2005, Andrew served as an assistant director for The First Edition from Lafayette Jefferson, where he directed the show choir’s back-up band and arranged music for performances. Under his direction, Andrew’s bands earned numerous “Best Band” awards at competitions throughout the state.

From 2006-2016, Andrew served as the Director of Choral Activities at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. At Lawrence North, he directed as many as six choirs, including two competitive show choirs and an advanced concert choir. His show choirs received numerous awards in competition including Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, Best Male and Female Soloists, and Grand Champion while his concert choirs consistently earned Gold ratings in ISSMA Organizational and State Qualification events.

Marcel Ramalho de MelloMarcel Mello, baritone, is a second-year doctoral student in Music at Ball State University. A recipient of several academic awards and scholarships, Marcel was recently featured as the Figaro and Don Pedro in Ball State Opera Theatre's (BSOT) productions of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict, respectively. Marcel has also recently appeared as the bass soloist in J. S. Bach's cantatas Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (BWV 38),Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4) and Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen (BWV 12), Mozart's Freimaurerkantante, and G. Fauré's Requiem. Operatic roles include scenes from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva), Rossini's La Cenerentola (Dandini), Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Belcore), Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe (Horace Tabor), Copland's The Tender Land (Top), and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (Grégorio). He will play the roles of Captain Corcoran in BSOT's upcoming productions of H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan) and Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi (Puccini).

Alan Alder

  • Director of University Singers at Ball Sate University in Muncie, IN

Sharon Basinger-Lehman

  • Choral director at Manchester Community Schools in Manchester, IN Artistic director of the Children’s Choir of Huntington County

Mark A. Boyle

  • Director of choral and vocal activities at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA

Jill Burleson Burgett

  • Director of choral music education/associate director of choral studies at University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Clif Davis

  • Adjunct professor at Taylor University, choral accompanist at Ball State, and assistant director of Masterworks Chorale in Muncie, IN
  • Music director at First Baptist Church in Muncie, IN

Jordan Dollins

  • Choral director at John Glenn High School in Walkerton, Indiana

Chris Ellis

  • Choral conductor at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa

Michael Lister

  • Music department chair and associate professor of choral music at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY

Harmony Murphy

  • Choral music professor at Reedley College in Reedley, CA

Russell Thorngate

  • Director of choral activities at Northland College in Ashland, WI

Renae Timbie

  • Director of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Muncie, IN
  • Director of the University Choral Union at Ball State University

Shelbie Wahl Fouts

  • Director of choral activities at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA