2023 Summer Sing Conductor Bios
Douglas Droste is Director of Orchestral Studies at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music where he conducts the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra and teaches conducting. Droste’s guest conducting appearances include the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), and the orchestras of Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Midland-Odessa, Fox Valley (IL), Chappaqua (NY), and the Amarillo Virtuosi. Equally at home in the pit, he has conducted over 30 productions of opera, ballet, and musical theatre, and has also led many eclectic pops shows.
As an advocate of music education, Droste is active as a clinician and adjudicator. A talented violinist, he is also skilled on viola, trumpet, and sang tenor with The Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club. Droste holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University.
Kerry Glann grew up in Huron, Ohio, and attended Bowling Green State University, where he sang in the BGSU Men’s Chorus and Collegiate Chorale under the direction of RD Mathey. He taught in the public schools of Ohio for five years, earned his master’s degree at Kent State University, and then served on the Kent State faculty for seven years. He earned a DMA in conducting from the University of North Texas and is now associate director of choral activities at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His choirs have appeared at OMEA, IMEA, and ACDA conferences. A lover of musical theatre, Kerry served as musical director & conductor for The Huron Playhouse for 17 seasons and is now on the directing staff of the Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Bigfork, Montana.
Peter Jarjisian grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he had two loves: singing and baseball. Sadly, the Philadelphia Phillies never called -- so he followed his love for music -- singing every week on a CBS TV program at the age of 10, and later earning music degrees at Susquehanna University, Temple University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professors Robert Summer, Robert Page, and Robert Fountain were models of integrity, ingenuity, and industry.
He taught for 10 years at Pequea Valley High School (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania), then for 33 years at Ohio University in Athens, where he served as Director of Choral Studies from 1984 - 2012. For 15 seasons he was active in the Cleveland area as Assistant Conductor of Robert Page’s professional choir, The Cleveland Singers, also singing as time allowed in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus.
A Life Member of ACDA, Dr. Jarjisian served several times on the board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, including a term as President. This summer, he was humbled to be presented with the OCDA Distinguished Service Award.
Living now in the Chicago-area, Dr. J. is grateful to direct gifted singers in the Chancel Choir at Grace United Methodist Church-Naperville firstname.lastname@example.org and to sing in the philanthropically centered community choir, NaperVoice, which donates half of all concert proceeds to benefit a different community organization. The choir’s objectives are: Sing well. Do good.
Though his baseball-playing days are behind him, you may find Peter on the golf course, reminding himself to swing musically, and attempting to shoot his age.
Dr. Jami Lercher (she/her) is excited to be starting her fourth year as choral music education professor at BW. She has taught and lived in Iowa, Wales, Minnesota, and Florida, and is happy to be settled in Northeast Ohio with her husband, fifth-grade daughter, and fruit and vegetable gardens. Her family just completed an epic tour of national parks in the Southwest and is always up for adventure! You may catch her this coming year at conferences for NCCO, Indiana Music Educators, and Southern Region ACDA.
Bradley M. Naylor, DMA (he/him/his)
Conductor and tenor Dr. Bradley Naylor serves as Director of Choral Activities at the Ohio University School of Music in Athens, where he directs multiple choral ensembles and teaches courses related to conducting and choral music. He has appeared recently as a member of the LancasterChorale, Vocal Arts Ensemble - Cincinnati, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Bradley has two amazing, smart, and musical kids - Abby and Luke, who play the clarinet and sing, respectively. You can find out more about Dr. Naylor here: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/naylorb
Richard Schnipke serves as Associate Professor Music Performance and Choral Activities at Bowling Green State University where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale and Men’s Chorus and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. Previously, Dr. Schnipke was a member of the faculty at Xavier University and The Ohio State University, and was a public-school choral director in Ohio for fifteen years. He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University, and has done additional studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a vocalist, Dr. Schnipke has sung professionally with Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, Collegium Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Columbus. Rich lives in Toledo with his husband, Mike Crandall, and their two adorable miniature schnauzers, Kenzie and Cooper.