Musical Direction

Dr. Julie Skadsem


Dr. Julie Skadsem is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Conducting at the University of Michigan where she conducts the Women’s Glee Club and teaches courses in conducting, choral techniques and vocal methods.  She has earned degrees in choral music education from St. Olaf College (B.A.), Florida State University (M.M.E.), and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (Ph.D.).

Before coming to Michigan in fall 2006, Skadsem was Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Alabama where she taught courses in choir, conducting and music education, and was the Founding Director of the Birmingham Children’s Choir.  She taught vocal music (7-12) in Ironwood, Michigan and is an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor.

She is a member of the VoiceCare Network and is certified in Dalcroze eurhythmics, Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly. In addition to her choral work, Skadsem is also an active researcher.  Her research on choral conducting and rehearsal techniques has been presented at MENC, ACDA and the Southeastern Music Education Symposium, and is being published at the state, regional, and national levels.  She currently serves on the editorial board of the Southern Music Education Journal.

Maggie Burk


Maggie Burk is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the University of Michigan where she studies with
Eugene Rogers. She is active as a clinician, church musician, composer, and teacher: recent engagements include serving on the choral faculties of the Montreat National Conference for Music and Worship (Montreat, NC) and the Royal School of Music’s King’s College
Course (Wilkes-Barre, PA).

 Maggie is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, where she was the winner of the Robert Shaw prize for outstanding achievement in choral conducting, a featured soloist with the Yale Schola Cantorum, and the recipient of the Institute’s Faculty Prize. 

When she’s not rehearsing or studying, she loves running, cooking, hiking, and relaxing with her two senior cats Bob and Leo.

Bobby Levinger


Since his orchestral debut at age fourteen, Robert Levinger has since performed with orchestras around the U.S. Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Robert has performed in concert venues from coast to coast of America, including San Jose, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, and the Hamptons of New York. He has performed with orchestras including the Madison Symphony Orchestra and most recently the Moores Symphony Orchestra. His performance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra was presented live on Wisconsin Public Television and Radio in 2014.

Past accolades include awards in the MTNA Young Artist, Texas Young Artist, San Jose International, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions. He has worked with distinguished artists including Anton Nel, Abbey Simon, Lang Lang, Alessio Bax, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

Following the completion of his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Houston with Nancy Weems, Robert currently pursues graduate studies at the University of Michigan with Logan Skelton.