Phillip A. Swan, DMA – Artistic Director & Conductor
We are thrilled to have Phillip’s expertise and passion for music as our Artistic Director/Conductor! He begins his 15th year as an Associate Professor of Music of the Lawrence University Conservatory faculty. Phillip is Co-Director of Choral Studies where he co-conducts Cantala and Concert Choir, directs Hybrid Ensemble, is the musical director for Lawrence University musicals, and teaches courses in conducting and music theatre. He has received numerous professional awards, is a highly sought-after conductor and clinician, the author of two book chapters for GIA publications, and is currently serving as the National Women’s Choir Repertoire and Resources Chair for the American Choral Directors Association. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami (Florida). His doctoral essay is entitled: “In His Own Words: The Choral Music of Eric Whitacre from 1991-2004.” His full professional resume is available here.
Dan Van Sickle, Associate Conductor
Dan steps up from the ranks of the bass section to assist us in directing newVoices. Dan is currently music department chair at Appleton East High School where he also directs fall musicals and four choirs. He also serves as pianist at Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Dan spent six years as the choral director at Appleton’s Xavier High School, taught K-6 general music in the Appleton Area School District, and directed Intermezzo – the middle-level ensemble in the Lawrence University Academy of Music Girl Choir Program. Originally from Kansas, he graduated from Lawrence University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral and General Music Education and Piano Performance. He has completed post-graduate work in a variety of music education courses. Dan has also appeared on stage in several Attic Theatre productions. His wife, Elizabeth, also sings with us in newVoices.
Dan Dinkler, Accompanist
Dan Dinkler is a church music director and educator with over 30 years of experience. For the past 18 years he has been the Worship Arts Pastor at Appleton Alliance Church and has consulted for church music programs both in the U.S. and internationally. By far his favorite accomplishments are those of his nine children- many of whom are musical. Supporting his children’s musical aspirations has resulted in many local accompaniment roles such as those with Appleton North High School Choirs and at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Dan holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Nyack College (NY) and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University (NY).