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.

Joseph Kemper


Joseph received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College where he graduated with distinction. During his senior year, he was the assistant conductor, president, and tenor section leader of the St. Olaf Choir under Anton Armstrong.

Joseph was the assistant director of choral activities at Winter Park High School in Florida from 2011 through 2016. Under his direction, the Winter Park advanced women’s choir was selected to perform at the 2013 Florida ACDA Convention.

Joseph attended Yale University for his masters degree in choral conducting. At graduation, he was awarded the inaugural Robert Shaw Prize, given in honor of the renowned American choral conductor and awarded to a choral conducting major in the Yale School of Music.

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.