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Mandy Scott, Director of Choirs

Mandy Mikita Scott is in her sixteenth year of teaching, her eleventh at Rockford High School, where she is Director of Choirs and teaches over 200 students in four ensembles. She previously served as Director of Choirs at Grosse Pointe North High School for five years. Mandy holds a Bachelor of Music Education at Western Michigan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami.

Mandy’s sophomore Treble Chorus performed at the 2012 Michigan Music Conference. She conducted RHS Advanced Treble Ensemble at the 2016 ACDA-Michigan Fall Conference. In January 2014 she conducted the Michigan High School SSAA State Honors Choir. She has conducted her ensembles as part of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Recital seven times. In 2017 she received the Sutton Foster Ovation Award for Outstanding Music Director of a Michigan high school musical.

Mandy served MSVMA on the Executive Board as the Director of Sight Reading and Music Selection from 2013-2017. She is the 2012 recipient of the MSVMA Carolyn Leep Scholarship. Mandy lives in Rockford with her husband Jed and their three children, Owen, Julian, and Daniella.

 

Renee Vande Wege, Freshman Choir Director

Renee Vande Wege has been a music educator since 2000. She has served as the Rockford Freshman Choir Director since the fall of 2013 and additionally serves as a music teacher for RPS Meadow Ridge Elementary (Developmental Kindergarten) and Our Lady of Consolation (grades K-5). In January of 2018 her Rockford Freshman Choir gave a distinguished performance by invitation as part of the MSVMA Choral Hour at the Michigan Music Conference.

Ms. Vande Wege holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Hope College and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University. She is also certified in Music Learning Theory from the Gordon Institute.

She serves as an instructor for the Grand Rapids Children’s Opera Workshop, and for many years was a member of the Grand Rapids Opera Chorus, singing in La Boheme, The Magic Flute, Tosca, La Traviata, Turandot, and Die Fledermaus, among others. She maintains an active voice studio in Rockford.

Renee is an Iowa native and long-time resident of Rockford with her two children, Emily and Levi.

Jed Scott, Rockford Aces Director

Jed Scott is an active freelance arranger, composer, and conductor. He is currently published by Pavane Publishing, UNC Jazz Press, Sound Music Publications. His vocal music is performed throughout the United States by leading vocal jazz and choral ensembles. He maintains a busy commission schedule and recently founded and runs the Michigan Choral Commission Consortium, which is dedicated to facilitating the creation of new choral music commissioned for Michigan choirs.

Jed has conducted the Rockford Aces, an extracurricular TTBB ensemble, since 2008. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Grand Rapids Community College, where he conducts the vocal jazz ensemble Shades of Blue.

Jed currently serves on the ACDA-Michigan Executive Board as Webmaster/Editor and MSVMA as the Supervisor of the All-State Jazz Choir. He is the 2015 recipient of the MSVMA Carolyn Leep Scholarship. For nearly four years, he has published daily essays about creativity, choral music, and education on his website. Jed is a lifelong resident of Michigan and lives in Rockford with his wife, Mandy, and their three children.

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