About

Stanley K Hill

Career

Artistic Director, Vocal Coach, Voice Teacher, Choral Clinician, Novelist, Blogger

Experience

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

Artistic Director, Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 307
Minneapolis, MN 55403
August, 2000 to July 31, 2012 – Twelve years

  • Artistic Director for 150-voice Twin Cities Gay Mens Chorus presenting four major and 30 outreach concerts per year. $400,000.00 annual budget. Conducted chorus and instrumentalists which range from selected players to full orchestra.
  • Toured throughout Midwest and 2006 Great Southern Tour
  • Produced ten recordings, one documentary, and four DVDs.
  • Auditioned prospective new members
  • Conducted the Chorus in regular weekly and special ad hoc rehearsals
  • Oversight of small ensembles
  • Oversight of all technical aspects of the performances
  • Contracted with instrumentalists and technical support personnel
  • Contracted with guest artists  and ensures that they reflect the quality standards set by the artistic vision
  • Researched music and programming to bring to the TCGMC performance material which is both challenging and appropriate to the artistic goals of the organization. Ensures that all ensembles are musically proficient and able to meet TCGMC artistic goals.
  • Developed recording content
  • Organized recording operations and produced recordings as appropriate
  • Provided oversight for the licensing of music for performances and recordings
  • Supervised the artistic product, as a sales and outreach vehicle.
  • Sought opportunities for the Chorus and small ensembles to perform outside of scheduled concerts.
  • Maintained healthy communication with staff, membership, Board and community members.
  • Worked with the Executive Director and the Board to establish an operating plan and budget to execute the artistic vision.
  • Served as principal liaison between the Board and the artistic staff.
  • Assisted Executive Director with appeals to financial donors.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, participated in the GLBT and larger community activities to develop networks and identify opportunities to further the mission of the organization.
  • Supervised and evaluated part-time music staff and volunteers.
  • Provided Oversight for the maintenance for the music library.
  • Administered the TCGMC’s commissioning guidelines including the selection of composer/lyricist, negotiating the contracts, and managing the process to performance.
  • Arranged or provided oversight the arrangement of music.
  • Participated in meetings of the Board, Executive Committee, season and budgeting planning and other activities as necessary to support the execution of the artistic vision.
  • Commissioned several significant works for Men’s Chorus, all of which have enjoyed repeated performances in choruses across the country.

Golden Gate Performing Arts, Inc.

Artistic Director, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

San Francisco, California USA
August 1989 to July 2000 – Eleven years

  • Artistic Director for 200-voice San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presenting four major and 20 outreach concerts per year. $600,000.00 annual budget. Conducted chorus and instrumentalists which range from selected players to full symphony orchestra.
  • Developed in-home voice studio offering vocal technique, passagio work, range development, palatal focus, breath support/control, stamina, repertoire development and coaching to voice students.
  • Conducted and directed a variety of choral configurations for Golden Gate Performing Arts, including Chamber Singers, Men About Town and Men’s Chorus.
  • Selected repertoire for, directed programming and supervised production of all concerts and performances.
  • Supervised the activities of GGPA Presents, the producing arm of GGPA, including the coordination of each season, interfacing with performing arts groups (including dance companies, touring music groups and performance artists), and supervision of the Executive Producer.
  • Directed Golden Gate Recordings, the record label of the corporation, which included the production of the seven CD recordings.
  • Established and maintained the performance budget of the corporation and the season budget of GGPA Presents.
  • Supervised the volunteer corps of GGPA in addition to the accompanists, librarians and the producer.
  • Wrote programming sections of all grants: S.F. Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, James Irvine Foundation, etc.
  • Participated in on-going board development activities and act as liaison to the Golden Gate Choral Foundation, which houses the community endowment for the chorus.
  • Prepared musical arrangements for the chorus using Finale software in a Mac environment.
  • Composed and arranged music selections for all combinations of voicings.
  • Responsible for a 160% increase in chorus audiences, a 320% increase in chorus membership and a 130% increase in the corporation’s operating revenue through extensive outreach and audience development activities
  • Toured with chorus, performing in the Seattle, Washington Opera House, Boettcher Symphony Hall in Denver, Colorado, Symphony Hall in Tampa, Florida and Town Hall in Sydney, Australia.
  • Initiated and commissioned major works from John Corigliano, Conrad Susa, Robert Seeley and others.
  • Conducted choral, orchestra, and choral/orchestra works in San Francisco in such halls as San Francisco’s Opera House, First Congregational Church, Davies Symphony Hall, Herbst Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts and others.
  • Conducted clinics and festivals throughout the States of California, Indiana, North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, the Canadian Province of Ontario and others.
  • Adjudicated voice competitions and choruses throughout the Western United States.

Skyline College

Choral Faculty

Pacifica, California, USA
Fall Semester 1997

  • Conducted Skyline College Chorus during fall semester while Director of Choral Activities was on Sabbatical. Full Holiday concert concluded semester’s work.

First Congregational Church San Francisco

Music Director

San Francisco, California USA
October 1993 to October 1996

  • Responsible for all music presentations.
  • Coordination of calendar with lectionary to develop appropriate service repertoire,
  • Developed and implemented extensive recruitment program for choir growth and development.
  • Developed and implemented fund-raising activities to support music life of the church.

California State University, Fullerton

Vocal/Choral Faculty

Fullerton, California USA
March 1986 to August 1989

  • Conducted and directed the University Chorus, University Singers and Women’s Chorus.
  • Designed and taught courses in Vocal Pedagogy (still in use today) and wrote and published texts.
  • Supervised Student Teachers in-situ.
  • Evaluated Student Teacher performance and progress.
  • Counseled Student Teachers with regard to State Required fulfillment of credential requirements.
  • Interfaced with, Evaluated and Recruited local Secondary and Elementary Schools as potential sites for the placement of Student Teachers.
  • Served as acting coordinator of the Music Education department.
  • Worked extensively in recruitment through refinement of interfacing with local High Schools and Junior Colleges.
  • Taught studio voice at upper, lower, and graduate divisions.
  • Designed sets, contracted with instrumentalists and coordinated all production aspects of concerts.
  • Founded student chapter of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)
  • Presented at a NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) symposium to South land Voice Teachers in Los Angeles and San Diego.
  • Directed music department public relations which included writing and distributing press releases as well as designing posters.
  • Taught voice students in-studio and served on vocal juries, degree committees and advisory committees.
  • Served as research designer and thesis advisor for graduate students.
  • Served on several graduate committees.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Assistant

Champaign, Illinois USA
September 1983 to August 1985

  • Supervised and evaluated Student Teachers in-situ.
  • Evaluated Student Teacher performance and progress.
  • Counseled Student Teachers with regard to state mandated fulfillment of credential requirements.
  • Interfaced with, evaluated and recruited local Secondary and Elementary Schools as potential sites for the placement of Student Teachers.
  • Taught courses in Philosophical Foundations of Music Education, Graduate Theory, Choral Conducting and Choral Methods.
  • As Assistant to the Chair of the Graduate Committee on Music Education, coordinated and taught graduate courses in administration, musicianship and statistics.
  • Conducted research utilizing statistical metrics to compile relevant data and their correlation.
  • Worked with choral faculty on recruitment of potential students from local High Schools and outlying colleges and universities.

Unitarian-Universalist Church

Music Director

Urbana, Illinois USA
September 1983 to August 1985

  • Designed program and concert series.
  • Raised funds to contract with professional musicians and soloists.
  • Served on personnel committee to fill other musical positions as necessary.

California State University, Fullerton

Graduate Assistant

Fullerton, California USA
September 1981 to June 1983

  • Supervised Student Teachers in-situ.
  • Evaluated Student Teacher performance and progress.
  • Counseled Student Teachers with regard to state mandated fulfillment of credential requirements.
  • Interfaced with, evaluated and recruited local Secondary and Elementary Schools as potential sites for the placement of Student Teachers.
  • Instructed courses in Voice and Theory for Non-Music Majors
  • Conducted University Singers and the University Chorus.
  • Interacted with local Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools and Community Colleges to develop interface for future recruitment and Student Teacher placement.

Loara High School

Department Chair/Director of Choral Activities

Anaheim, California USA
September 1978 to June 1981

  • Developed largest and most successful high school choral program in the district,
  • Directed district-wide program “Holidays in Music” while designing all artistic elements including lighting, staging, concert program, program advertising and interfacing with union theater staff.
  • Interfaced with Music Education Department at CSUF to establish ideal Student Teacher placement situation.
  • Served as Master Teacher to three student teachers.
  • Generated extra-budget funding to facilitate touring and other capital expenditures.
  • Designed all public relations and media materials including posters, advertising, press releases and public service announcements.

Ball Junior High School

Department Chair/Director of Choral Activities

Anaheim, California USA
September 1970 to June 1978

  • Interfaced with Music Education Department at CSUF to establish ideal Student Teacher placement situation.
  • Served as Master Teacher to three student teachers.
  • Developed and directed largest and most successful program in a district of 16 schools.
  • Developed extensive funding for touring.
  • Named Teacher of the Year
  • Received PTA’s “Very Important Person” award.

Education

  • Ph.D.  University of Illinois at Urbana• Ph.D. 1986. Thesis: “An Analysis of Four Physical Characteristics of the Whistle Range in Sung Phonation.” Thesis deals with laryngeal physiology.
  • MM. – California State University, Fullerton – 1984 – Master of Music in Performance with Choral Conducting as the Performance Medium.
  • B.M. – California State University, Fullerton -1969 – Bachelor of Music in Performance with Choral Conducting as the Performance Medium.

Certificates

  • California Standard Secondary Teaching Credential, K-12. Life.

Publications

  • HILL, S. – “Vocal Pedagogy, A Course Text with Syllabus”. Published through Titan Bookstore, California State University, Fullerton, 1987,
  • HILL, S. – “Characteristics of Air-flow During Changes in Registration.” The NATS Journal (September/October, 1986).
  • Hill, S. – Review of “Pragmatic Choral Procedures” by Russel A. Hammar . Council for Research in Music Education, Bulletin Number 84, Fall 1985, pp. 118-120.
  • HILL, S. – Editor, Agnus Dei from Missa in Festis Apostolorum by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. National Music Publishers, Tustin, California, 1981.

Professional Associations

GALA – Gay and lesbian Association of Choruses
American Choral Directors Association
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Former Board of Governors, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Music Educator’s National Conference
Phi Delta Kappa
Kappa Delta Pi
Chorus America
International GALA Choruses
College Music Society

Awards and Recognitions

2012 – GALA Chorus’ Lifetime Achievement Award

2012 – QUORUM Lifetime Achievement Award

2012 – Proclamation bestowing the title of Director Laureate by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

2012 – Grand Marshall Award – Twin Cities Pride

2010 – Proclamation declaring “Dr. Stan Hill Day” in San Francisco by Supervisor Mark Leno and San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

2012 – Proclamation declaring “Dr. Stan Hill Day” in Minneapolis by R. T. Rybak

2003 – Plaque in “Appreciation of your time spent as the guiding artistic force for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, nurturing and tuning the chorus into the exceptional organization it is today.” Golden Gate Performing Arts, Inc.

1999 – Proclamation declaring “Dr. Stan Hill Day” in San Francisco by Mayor Willie Lewis Brown, Jr.

1991 – Plaque in “Appreciation of the selfless dedication and consummate artistry demonstrated in the production of How Fair This Place. – The Men of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus extend to Stan Hill our grateful thanks and unqualified love.

Recordings with SFGMC

1991: How Fair This Place
1993: Brahms, Bernstein and the Boys
1995: Our Gay Apparel
1996: NakedMan
1997: ExtrABBAganza
1998: Q
1999: Misbehavin’!
2000: Exile

Recordings with TCGMC

2002: Angels
2004: Metamorphosis
2004: What Sweeter Music
2005: Bang! Bang!: The Music of Cher
2006: Sing-Out! The Great Southern Tour
2006: The 25th Anniversary Collection
2008: LifeSongs
2008: (DVD) Through a Glass, Darkly
2011: Sounds of the Season
2012: Out of My Range (and other age-related performance issues)
2012: They Sang To Me: Stan Hill’s final concert

References

Joann Usher, Executive Director
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
3310 Lake Johanna Blvd,
Arden Hills, MN 55112
651.639.9566

Robert Seeley and Robert Espindola
2755 East Sandia Road,
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 699-8812
ShyGuypsp@aol.com
rtscomposer@yahoo.com

Dennis Coleman, Artistic Director
Seattle Men’s Chorus
2400 E. Howell #B
Seattle, CA 98122
Office:206.323.0750
Home: 206.320.0480

Professor Jane Paul, Coordinator Choral/Vocal Studies (retired)
California State University, Fullerton
140 North Anned
Placentia, CA 92870
714.993.2548

Gary Holt, Artistic Director
San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus
gholt@san.rr.com

Reuben Reynolds, Artistic Director
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

James Knapp, Artistic Director
Houston Gay Men’s Chorus

Dr. Tim Seelig, Artistic Director
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

Bob Mensel, Artistic Director
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus

Timothy De Prey, Principal Accompanist
Twin Cities Gay Mens Chorus
612.729.0368

David Trembley, Recording Engineer
Mike Wolsted, Recording Producer
Encore Productions
215 King Creek Road
763.541.9489

 

Bio in narrative format:

Dr. Stan Hill

Stan Hill was born in Santa Ana, California on August 27, 1946. He attended Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade at Wilson Elementary school until he contacted tuberculosis along with his father and was hospitalized with strict bed-rest orders for six months. During this time the family had moved to 1514 East Fourth Street so he came home to a new house and new elementary school, John Muir. The family started attending 1st Presbyterian Church in Orange, California where Stan sang in the Carol Choir at the age of eight. The director of the Carol Choir had a connection with Eleanor Powell and so Stan became a soloist and choir member of the Sunday morning television program, Faith of Our Children which aired from 1953 to 1955. Starting in the fourth grade, Stan began playing the violin and when he entered Lathrop Jr. High, he played in the regionally recognized orchestra there under the direction of Douglas Lamont. There was no orchestra at Santa Ana High School so he was asked by Mr. Anderson, the director of the group called Debutantes and Esquires to join where he sang for three years. Upon entering Santa Ana College in 1966 he joined the chorus there and finally gave up the violin for the piano. In 1966 he transferred to California State College, Fullerton where he met his good friend and mentor, Jane Paul who had just started on the voice faculty. He sang in the University Singers under David Thorson while he got his Bachelors of Music in Performance with Choral Conducting being the Performance Medium. He then started the student teaching program, with Kenneth Jenkins at Willard Jr. High and Dennis Houser at El Modena High School in Orange, California. In September, 1969 he started teaching at Ball Jr. High in Anaheim, California where he established a choral program which won several district awards and was director of the 10,000 voice Holiday in Music which featured the choruses of all 16 Junior Highs and 8 High Schools in Anaheim. In 1978 he transferred to Loara High School and taught choral music and English until June of 1981. Having tried on six different attempts at getting his master’s degree, he reconnected with Jane Paul at Cal State Fullerton and over coffee at her house she suggested that as Dr. Harold Decker, founder of the DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had just retired from Illinois and was going to teach for two years as the head of the Master’s in Choral Conducting at CSUF, he start his master’s program. Concluding the program in 1983, he was encouraged by Dr. Decker to apply for admission to the DMA program at the University of Illinois. He was accepted and drove to Urbana-Champaign in June of 1983.  The new head of the DMA program was disappointing and so several of the nine DMA student dropped the program. Stan took a position as Choral Director at the Green Street Universalist-Unitarian Church in Urbana where he met, through his wife who sang in the choir, Dr. Willard Zemlin, Chair of the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at the U of I to whom Stan mentioned his interest in teaching voice. Dr. Zemlin had hundreds of doctoral dissertations on the voice, but they all dealt with speaking. He suggested that by plugging singers in to several of these studies, we could come up with a dissertation proposal. Several of the former DMA students encouraged Stan to talk with Dr. Charles Leonhard, Chair of the Doctoral Program in Music Education. Not wanting an Ed.D. (doctor of education), Dr. Leonard introduced Stan to the Ph.D. and so in conjunction with Dr. Zemlin and Dr. Leonhard he wrote his doctoral dissertation on laryngeal physiology as it relates to singing and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1986. He returned to California and through his friend and mentor, Jane Paul, was placed on the voice faculty at CSUF where he taught until 1989. In September 1989 he began eleven-years of service as the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. In 2000 he was hired by the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he served for twelve years until he moved to Palm Springs in July of 2012 where he is anticipating the launching of his website/blog which will feature his voice studio in Palm Springs, his choral clinician services, his novel (The Love You Leave Behind), and his wish to write another novel and blog about life in a desert. He is most grateful to several pillars of strength who have helped him along his life’s journey. Alden Esping at Ball Jr. High; Jane Paul at CSUF; Charles Leonhard at the U of I; Derek Gordon, Arturo Fernandez and Doug Stewart in San Francisco; Joann Usher and many others in Minneapolis; and Gary Holt in San Diego and Palm Springs.