Choir Atlanta 2012
Friday
Aug192011

Choral Faculty

Brandon Catt

Brandon Catt is Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Choirs at Glenbard East.  As Fine Arts Chair he oversees the Music, Visual Arts, and Speech Arts areas. Mr. Catt's teaching responsibilities include East’s numerous curricular and co-curricular choral ensembles and serving as Vocal Director for the musical.  Since his arrival at East, Mr. Catt has reinstated the Ramparts, an elite group of singers which performs the National Anthem at various events throughout the community including East athletic contests.  He is also the founder of the Voices of East choir, which is an initiative to involve students, teachers and community members outside of the music program in a positive and successful singing environment.  In its inaugural season, the Voices of East had over 100 participants.

Before coming to East, Mr. Catt earned two Bachelor of Music Education degrees with highest honors (choral and general music) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  While at Illinois, he was awarded the Theodore Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and served as the State President for the Illinois Collegiate Music Educators Association (ICMEA).  In addition to singing, Mr. Catt is also a percussionist and spent four years in the Marching Illini Drumline, where he later held an instructional appointment as the cymbal section technician.  In 2007, Mr. Catt founded iDrum World Hand Drumming Workshops and lead summer music camps for youth and adults as a Visiting Lecturer at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, IL.

Mr. Catt earned his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.  He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2013 & 2014, he was named a quarterfinalist in the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator Award.  Mr. Catt is an active member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA), serving as the District IX Choir Co-Representative, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving as the Illinois Membership Co-Chair.  His students have been selected for ILMEA District, All-State and Honors All-State Choirs as well as the ACDA State, Regional & National Honor Choirs.  His teachers and mentors include Joe Grant, Ross Heise, Becky Miller, Fred Stoltzfus, Dawn Harris, Sam Reese, Johnny Lee Lane and Bob Boyd.  He currently lives in Carol Stream with his wife Sarah, who is the Director of Choirs at Elk Grove High School.

Marissa McLean

Marissa McLean is Co-Director of Choirs at Glenabrd East High School. At Glenbard East, she directs Concert Choir, Advanced Treble Choir, Treble Choir, Sorella Singers, WAVE, Vocal Jazz Workshop and is the Vocal Director for the musical.  She also directs the Westlake Middle School Choirs and Mint Condition Vocal Jazz at Elk Grove High School.

Before coming to Glenbard East, Ms. McLean was the Director of Choirs at South View Middle School, in Danville, IL.  She graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and is currently working toward her Master of Music Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Elmhurst, she was twice nominated for the Elmhurst College Founder’s Award and was honored to be selected as the Elmhurst College Senior of the Year in 2014.  She studied voice with Ms. Amy Pickering, was a member of both the Late Night Blues and Blue vocal jazz ensemble, and performed with the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Varsity Band.  During her time in these ensembles, she held many executive positions and served as Head of House for the 45th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.

Ms. McLean has performed in many venues across the US and Canada including: Toronto, St. Louis, Chicago, New York City and Boston.  In 2013, she had the opportunity to travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica where she taught music in both primary and secondary schools through a study abroad program. 

Ms. McLean is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) where she served as the 2018 CNCACDA Regional Mid-Level Treble Honor Choir Chair, Illinois Music Educators Association (IlMEA) where she currently serves as the District IX Vocal Jazz Chair as well as the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and spent 3 summers during college, as an intern for the Say Yes to Education program in Syracuse, NY.  Outside of teaching and music, she enjoys golfing, reading, listening to podcasts, traveling and visiting her family at home in Upstate New York.

Friday
Aug192011

Stephen Uhl

Chicago native Stephen Uhl joins the Glenbard East Music Department as Collaborative Keyboard Artist. Stephen completed his Artist Diploma in Piano Performance in the Spring of 2017 at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he studied with Adam Neiman. Prior to earning his Artist Diploma, he received his M.M. from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, studying under Kuang-Hao Huang. Among Stephen’s recent highlights were performances of the London Version of the Brahms Requiem with conductor Andrew Lewis’ Bella Voce David Schrader at Fourth Presbyterian (Chicago) and St. Luke’s Episcopal (Evanston), in addition to performing with Mark Allen and Ryan Stockhausen on Roosevelt University’s Chamber Music Showcase, receiving critical acclaim from John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune.

Before moving back to Chicago, Stephen earned his undergraduate degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he studied piano with Du Huang and collaborative piano with Jessica Paul. Past honors include the Lucille Stansberry-Rosholt Award for Distinction in Collaborative Piano, as well as the Collaborative Arts Assistantship at Roosevelt University. Stephen has appeared in masterclasses with Emanuel Ax, Christopher Taylor, Martin Katz, Ian Jones, Christina Dahl, James Giles, Craig Terry, Gabriel Dobner, and Christopher Harding. Composers with whom Stephen has worked include the late Stephen Paulus, Daniel Kallman, and Kurt Heinecke. In the Spring of 2015, Stephen premiered Jonathan Hannau’s Piano Concerto, "Disentegration in Five Parts” with the URSA Ensemble under the direction of Erica Neidlinger. Stephen frequently enjoys collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, and composers as well as performing a wide variety of improvised music.

An avid scholar of liturgical music, Stephen is the Organist and Assistant Cantor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, IL. As a complement to his interest in music for the church, Stephen was selected to participate in the WFMT Bach Organ Works Project, where he performed several of the composer’s works at Alice Millar Chapel. As pianist, organist, and chorister, Stephen has been heard on WFMT on multiple occasions. His improvisational journeys have taken him to places as diverse as the Curitiba Opera House, Copacabana Beach in Rio di Janiero, and the Civic Center in Des Moines. He has had the privilege of collaborating with improvisers including Mark Colby and Pharez Whitted. Stephen is thrilled to be on the team at Glenbard East!