William Skoog is Professor of Music at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, holding the Elizabeth Daughdrill Fine Arts Endowed Chair. He serves as Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Studies, and conducts the Rhodes Singers, Men’s Chorus and MasterSingers Chorale, often conducting them with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He is also the founding artistic director for BealeCanto, a professional men’s chamber ensemble based in Memphis, TN. Dr. Skoog previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Bowling Green State University, where he conducted the renowned BGSU Men’s Chorus and Collegiate Chorale; Indiana/Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan.
His choirs have performed with distinction at numerous ADCA, MENC and IMC conferences, and he is frequently invited to conduct regional, national and international choral festivals, including the 2012 Mozart Festival in Salzburg, the 2010 Rome Choral Festival (Italy), the 2008 Lucerne (Switzerland) Choral Festival, and 2004 and 2006 Dvorak Festivals in Prague. He has conducted the Dom Orchestra in Salzburg, the Tuscan Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy), the Santa Maria Orchestra (Switzerland), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Symphony Orchestra, and the Memphis, Toledo and Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestras. He conducted the Presidents Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2011, and has conducted all-state choirs in Wyoming and Indiana. He will serve as Artistic Director/Conductor for the Paris International Choral Festival in 2014.
He has presented papers at prestigious conferences including at the Dorrell School, Corfu, Greece, at the International Conference on Arts and Humanities at the University of Hawaii, and interest sessions at MENC and ACDA conferences, focusing especially on techniques, methods and repertoire for male choirs.
Skoog holds a Doctor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Northern Colorado, Master of Arts degrees in conducting and vocal performance/pedagogy from the Lamont School of Music, Denver University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.
Johnny Peoples is currently the Choral Director at Wynne High School in Wynne, AR. He has been a music educator for 25+ years teaching in Missouri, Ohio, and Arkansas. Mr. Peoples has a Bachelor and Master of Vocal Music Education from Arkansas State University. Choirs under Mr. Peoples’ direction have consistently received division one ratings at choral festivals, received Sweepstakes honors at the Arkansas State Choral Festival along with “Best in Class” and “Best Overall Ensemble” designations, and have also received “Best in Class” designations at the Ole Miss Choral Festival. As a collaborative pianist, Mr. Peoples has played for All-State Choirs in Arkansas, many region honor choirs including Southwest American Choral Directors Honor Choirs, and for vocal soloist in recitals and concerts in the MidSouth. Choral and private vocal students of Mr. Peoples are consistently selected to sing in regional and national honor choirs and have placed in the finals of the Music Teachers National Association’s Voice Competition. As a vocalist, Mr. Peoples sings as much professionally as his teaching schedule allows and has been a featured tenor soloist with the Rhodes Master Singers Chorale along with the Memphis Symphony. Mr. Peoples has been an adjudicator for choral festivals in Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Some honors awarded to Mr. Peoples include “Teacher of the Year” at Marion High School and “Distinguished Director of the Year” for Region One of the Arkansas Choral Director’s Association for 2012-2013 and 2018-2019. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, American Choral Directors Association, and the Arkansas Choral Director’s Association. In recent years, Mr. Peoples held office as Region One ArkCDA High School Event Manager and is currently serves as the Senior Section Chair for the Arkansas Choral Directors Association.