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Amundson, Bret
Amundson, Bret
Assoc Professor/Dean, SAL
Music
Office: T4145
Phone: (218) 625-4983
Email: bamundson@css.edu
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Bergsven, Darin
Adjunct Faculty
Music
Email: dbergsven@css.edu
 
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Carrick, Richard
Carrick, Richard
Assistant Professor/Director, Choir
Music
Email: rcarrick@css.edu
 
Craycraft, Jeremy
Craycraft, Jeremy
Assoc Professor/Chair, Fine Arts
Music
Office: T4604
Phone: (218) 723-7021
Email: jcraycra@css.edu
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Lee, Randy
Adjunct Faculty
Music
Email: rlee9@css.edu
 
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Sever, Melanie
Adjunct Faculty
Music
Email: msever1@css.edu
 
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Valine, Emily
Valine, Emily
Admin Asst/Staff Accompanist
Music
Office: T4624
Phone: (218) 723-6778
Email: evaline@css.edu
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Bret Amundson, DMA

Dr. Bret Amundson is the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where he also directs Bella Voce, the college's select treble ensemble. In addition to his work at CSS, Bret is the Artistic Director for the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and the Artistic Director of the Twin Ports Choral Project. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Saint John’s University, MN, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Saint Cloud State University, MN, a Doctorate of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington, and an MBA in Change and Leadership from The College of St. Scholastica.

Prior to his appointment as Dean, Bret was the Director of Choral Activities and Director of General Education where he led the College’s General Education program, including the first-year program, Dignitas, and directed the College’s auditioned ensembles, Concert Choir and Bella Voce. Under Bret’s direction, The College of St. Scholastica Choirs have performed regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2014, Bret was awarded the College’s Benedictine Professorship in General Education and in 2015, Bret was named one of Duluth’s 20 Under 40.

Choirs under Bret’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions. In 2007, the Cathedral High School Concert Choir was invited to perform at the Minnesota Music Educator Association’s Mid-Winter Clinic. That same year, Bret was awarded the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota’s Outstanding Young Conductor Award. In 2015, Twin Ports Choral Project was invited to perform at the ACDA-MN State Conference and, in 2016, the North Central ACDA Regional Conference. In 2017, Bella Voce was invited to perform at the ACDA-MN State Conference and in 2018, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus' Cantemus was invited to perform at that same conference. In 2020, Bella Voce performed at the North Central ACDA Regional Conference.

Maintaining an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator, presenter, and guest conductor for choral festivals and conferences around the country, Bret most recently conducted the 2020-2021 Minnesota All-State SSAA and North Dakota All-State SSAA Choirs. 

Bret is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, The College Music Society, Chorus America, and the VoiceCare Network, and currently serves as the North Central ACDA Repertoire and Resources Coordinator for Children’s and Community Youth Choirs.

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Richard Carrick, DMA

Richard Carrick is a conductor, clinician, singer, and educator committed to innovative concert programming and engaging, collaborative rehearsals. Richard is the Director of Choral Activities at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. Carrick holds a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington where he studied with Geoffrey Boers and Giselle Wyers. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. While at Cal Poly, he studied conducting with Tom Davies and voice with Jackie Bauer Kreitzer. Richard continued his education at the University of Oregon where he earned a M.M. in Choral Conducting under the tutelage of Sharon Paul and continued his vocal training with Eric Mentzel.

Following his time in Oregon, Richard worked with the San Francisco Boys Chorus as the Apprentice Choir Director. From 2012 until 2018 Richard lived in the Twin Cities where he taught music at Burroughs Community School in Minneapolis. In addition to his public-school teaching, Richard served as the Artistic Director of the South Metro Chorale and Calliope Women's Chorus. From 2014-2015, Richard was fortunate to serve as the Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota (Matthew Mehaffey, conductor). An active church musician, Richard has served various churches around the country, including Music Director at Hamline Church in St. Paul, MN.

Richard has sung professionally with the Minnesota Chorale, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale, and professional chamber choirs including Solaris Vocal Ensemble, Pacific MusicWorks, Magpies and Ravens, and IMPLS. Richard has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival, both as a singer and student-conductor, where he worked with Helmuth Rilling, Jeffrey Kahane, Matthew Halls, and Kathy Romey.

 

 

 

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Jeremy Craycraft, DMA

Dr. Jeremy Craycraft, Associate Professor of Music, is currently serving as Chair of the Fine Arts Department. He teaches in the College's Dignitas program, music theory courses, and guides the College's percussion program. 

Dr. Craycraft performs regularly with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and in various regional ensembles such as the Northern Lights Music Festival, and the Lyric Opera of the North.

In the community, he continues to be a frequent visitor to local/regional schools, serving as clinician and providing outreach opportunities for CSS students. He is the percussion director for the Duluth Superior Symphony Youth Orchestra/Percussion Ensemble, and he received grants from the Beim Foundation and Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to provided musical education to k-12 youth in the Duluth community. 

His compositions are published by Bachovich Publications, and his scholarship has been presented by the Percussive Arts Society in their research arena. Dr. Craycraft has performed at several PASIC events, most recently the 2018 Focus Day percussion ensemble performance with CSS students, and the 2017 PASIC All-Star Steel Band Repertoire Showcase.   

Dr. Craycraft studied with and performed alongside members of the internationally acclaimed percussion trio Percussion Group Cincinnati at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Baldwin-Wallace University and Conservatory.

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Emily Valine,

Emily Valine is Staff Accompanist and Fine Arts Department Administrative Assistant at the College of St. Scholastica, where she enjoys working both onstage and behind the scenes as she collaborates with the CSS Choral Ensembles, accompanies vocal and instrumental music majors, and organizes the inner workings of the department. Emily holds a BA in Music (Piano Performance and Pedagogy) from St. Scholastica.

Emily also teaches piano lessons to pre-college students in her private studio in Duluth. She is recognized by Music Teachers National Association as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and is involved with Minnesota Music Teachers Association as a site administrator and frequent adjudicator for piano and theory exams and as treasurer of the local Arrowhead Music Teachers Association. She is also an accompanist for the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and the Twin Ports Choral Project.

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