Music

The Music Department provides training in instrumental and vocal music. Our music curriculum is designed to develop and maintain the total musicianship of all students. Applied music (study in technique, sight-reading and repertoire) is at the core of the curriculum. General musicianship courses such as theory, ear training and style history serve to build a more effective performer.

Specific courses offered in Music at GCAA: Foundations of Music, Choir, Instrumental Ensembles, Group and Individual lessons, Music Appreciation, Strings, Woodwinds,Brass, Percussion, Voice, Piano/Keyboard,Guitar, Jazz studies, Music Theory, History of Music, Opera, Composition, Auditioning.

Faculty

Gage_KristineKristine Gage – Vocal Music Miss Gage received her BA in Music from Saint Louis University as well as her BME in Choral Music Education from Webster University. While studying at SLU, she sang with and directed the all-female a cappella group Beyond All Reason in addition to the co-ed a cappella group Decadence, which she co-founded. She is the recipient of the 2012 Saint Louis University Arion Award in Music. At Webster, she sang and toured with the Chamber Singers, a group featured at state and national conferences and in an instructional DVD produced by GIA Publications. Miss Gage spent a year singing with the all-female, semi-professional a cappella quintet Jaded and now focuses her energy on directing GCAA’s two new a cappella ensembles, The Rhythm Chasers (all-female) and Not Your Forte (co-ed). In her spare time, you may find her representing the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) as the ambassador to all high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate a cappella groups in the state of Missouri, teaching camps at COCA, and serving as a certified adjudicator at quarter and semifinal rounds of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA-the competition made famous by Pitch Perfect!) throughout the Midwest region. A self-confessed cat lady, she resides in Webster Groves with her beloved three cats and two dogs. Her website can be found at:
Email link: kristine.gage@grandcenterartsacademy.org
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Dave Hagan – Guitar/Band
A St Louis native, Mr. Hagan is the resident guitarist here at GCAA. His educational background consists of an Associate of Science Degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail University, as well as a Bachelor of Music Education from Webster University. In addition, he is currently pursuing his Master of Music Education at the University of Missouri St Louis. While completing his BMEd, Mr. Hagan performed with the Webster University Classical Guitar Ensemble and several Webster University Jazz Ensembles. His previous teaching experiences include running the guitar and music technology programs at Ritenour High School, and many years of private studio instruction. His primary goal at GCAA is to establish one of the most successful guitar ensemble programs in the state.
Email link: dave.hagan@grandcenterartsacademy.org

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Kloeppel_TimTim Kloeppel – Band Tim Kloeppel is thrilled to be teaching at GCAA. He has performed in such groups as The Gateway Men’s Chorus, The St. Louis Wind Symphony, and Band Together. He has served as Artistic Director of the Growing American Youth Chorus and is currently the director of the Hope Choir at the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis. In his free time, he enjoys composing new music, reading library books, hiking, yoga, jogging, swimming, and cooking.
Email link: tim.kloeppel@grandcenterartsacademy.org
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Damen MartinB.M.E., M.M.  - Instrumental Music, Orchestra Mr. Martin comes to us from Lima, Ohio where he attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Music Education with a focus in choral and instrumental music. Mr. Martin currently holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he served as the graduate assistant in the choral department. Throughout Mr. Martin’s collegiate years, he has acted as principal cellist for the ONU Symphonic Orchestra and as a featured cello soloist. Mr. Martin was also principal cellist of a select Chamber Orchestra, which toured with the University Singers. Mr. Martin also has participated in the Ohio Northern Wind Ensemble where he played the Bb clarinet and has played bass guitar for numerous pit orchestras. While attending ONU, Mr. Martin was also given the position of Assistant Conductor to the Ohio Northern Men’s Chorus and The University Singers. During this time Mr. Martin has performed and conducted in venues such as the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, CA, Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH and Carnegie Hall in NY. Mr. Martin is also an active performer throughout St. Louis. He currently is a principal singer for the Saint Louis Bach Society (where he is a featured vocal soloist on the recently produced CD, “Great and Marvelous” Hymns, Anthems and Spirituals), Ladue Presbyterian Church and volunteer singer with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. In January 2009, he became a part of the faculty at Lindenwood University as adjunct professor in vocal and cello studies and currently plays in the University Faculty ensemble, Con Brio Trio. “Music has given me an outlet my entire life. It expresses things inside me that I otherwise would not be able to express. I am excited to be able to assist students in finding their own voices through their talents!” Email link: damen.martin@grandcenterartsacademy.org
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Smith_WesWes Smith – Vocal Music
Wesley G. Smith holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he studied choral conducting with Cameron LaBarr. He has served in a variety of conducting and teaching roles, directing singers of all ages. Past experiences include director of Asbury Children’s Choir at Broad Street United Methodist Church; interim assistant director at Oakville High School; Teaching Intern with the Savannah Children’s Choir; guest conductor at Manchester United Methodist Church; student conductor of Choral Union at Lee University; conductor of a student-led, collegiate chamber chorus; participant in the Conducting Institute at Westminster Choir College with James Jordan in June 2012, and bass section leader of the Lee University Chorale. As a baritone, he has performed with the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, the Manchester United Methodist Church and the Broad Street United Methodist Church chancel choirs, various ensembles at Lee University, the 2012 Tennessee All-Collegiate Choir, and Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also a participant in the Lee University Festival Chorus which performed for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has studied voice with James Frost and James Burns, and collaborative piano with Perry Mears. Publications include articles in The Chorister, published by Choristers Guild, as well as choral reviews published in the Choral Journal and The Chorister.
Email link:  wes.smith@grandcenterartsacademy.org

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Band Program (Mr. Tim Kloeppel)

Practice Log: http://www.grandcenterartsacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Practice-Log.pdf