Phyllis E. Zimmerman
Founder - 1969
Nadia Stehmeier, Choral Director 2013-Current
Nadia graduated from Utah State University with a BM in Vocal Performance and Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Studies. She has participated in organized singing from age 11 and loved it so much that she pursued a career in music. Nadia currently works in the Santa Barbara School District as the choir director for Santa Barbara High School where she directs five choirs.
Nadia has sung under the direction of many esteemed choral directors including John Byun, Bruce Rodgers and Cory Evans, where she has gained valuable experience in the art of choral singing and conducing. She has performed with various choral groups all over the world including Germany, Guatemala, New York and more.
Nadia is passionate about vocal music and enjoys working with young talent. She has found her dream job teaching choir at Santa Barbara High school and will continue to educate and instill the passion she has for the choral arts in her young and talented students. Ms. Stehmeier becomes only the 5th choral director to lead the department in the history of SBHS.
Phillip McLendon, Choral Director 1995-2013
Phillip McLendon has been Choral Director at Santa Barbara High School since 1995, only the fourth person to hold that position since 1925. Mr. McLendon has conducted choirs and orchestras for over forty years. Since 1984, he has also been the Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Master Chorale and Orchestra. He recently received the 2004 Individual Artists Award in Choral Music Direction from The Arts Fund. The panel felt he best exemplified the outstanding artistic achievement they wanted to reward and publicize. He was also named one of The Independent of Santa Barbara's Heroes.
Ms. Zimmerman, Choral Director, 1969-1995
Ms. Zimmerman instilled discipline, integrity and love of beauty in her students, and they recall pithy aphorisms ranging from the sublime “Music is love that has found expression” to the ridiculous “You can mix mud and ice cream – it won’t hurt the mud.” Her standards were high and her discipline strict because she so greatly valued accuracy and authenticity. Students found that choir was one place where they were not underestimated as full human beings, a model microcosm where the same beauty, excellence and inspiration were available to all. Ms. Zimmerman's tenure was legendary, not merely on campus but for the city at large. Her concerts became community events, attracting large audiences who were consistently astounded that music so mature and sophisticated could be produced by teenagers. - See more at: http://www.independent.com/obits/2012/oct/17/phyllis-zimmerman/#sthash.ydqGFPiv.dpuf
William B. Hatcher, Choral Director & Founder 19?-1969
William B. Hatcher ,retired from the University of Iowa after 43 years of
conducting and teaching choral music. While at UI, he was
director of choral activities, mentored master’s and doctoral
students in choral conducting, and conducted many opera
productions. Prior to his position at the University of Iowa,
he directed choirs and taught at UCLA, California State
University Los Angeles, the University of Washington,
Pasadena City College, and Santa Barbara High School.
Hatcher was the national president of the American Choral Director’s Association
from 1991 to 1993, and also served as chair of the ACDA Endowment Trust. In
1996, he received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University
of Nebraska at Lincoln. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Howard Swan Award for lifetime achievement by the California ACDA, and in 2006 received the Weston Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement by the North Central ACDA. In 2010 he was
the Convention Honoree of the Western Division ACDA. He served two terms as a Regional Representative for the California ACDA and is a board member of the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Church Musicians.