Conductor – Central Chorale
Conductor – Central Chorale
Since 2008, Mr. Ziegler has served in many capacities for Canterbury Youth Voices, including staff accompanist for various choirs, Camp Canterbury Staff, and OCU student intern. He is thrilled to continue work with CYV, now in his second year as the Central Chorale director.
Mr. Ziegler also serves as Vocal Music Director at Norman North High School in Norman, OK where he directs the Chorale and Jazz Choir. He is the chairperson for the 2019 Oklahoma ACDA All-State Jazz Choir.
Stephen holds degrees in Vocal Music Education (BME, Oklahoma City University), Church Music (BM, OCU), and Choral Conducting (MM, University of Oklahoma).
This past year, Stephen was named to Oklahoma City University’s 2017 class of “30 under 30,” honoring graduates who have excelled in their field of work.
He lives in Norman with his two favorite ladies in the world: his wife, Meredith, and daughter, Charlotte.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Artistic Team Leader
Central Apprentice Choir
Meredith Ziegler is thrilled to serve as the Conductor of the Apprentice Choir for the Canterbury Youth Voices! She is a product of the Canterbury Student Intern Program (2009-2010), making her full-time debut with Canterbury during the 2011-2012 season. Meredith was the vocal music specialist at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in Oklahoma City Public Schools from 2010-2017 and is in her first year as vocal music specialist at Roosevelt Elementary School in Norman. Meredith was named as the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015.
Meredith is a certified music teacher (Pre-K through 12th grade), holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education from Oklahoma City University (2010, Summa Cum Laude), a Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision (2016), and her Orff-Schulwerk certification from Southern Methodist University (2014). Meredith is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, The National Association for Music Education (MENC), the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Conductor – Moore Chorale
Katie Holmes is honored to be in her fifth year of conducting with the Canterbury Youth Voices. Katie currently serves as the Director of Choirs at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City, and is certified to teach vocal and instrumental music to students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades.
Katie earned her Associate in Arts in Music from Oklahoma City Community College where she earned the 2009 award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Music. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
Prior to returning to Oklahoma in 2012, Katie served as the vocal music specialist for Winding Creek Elementary in Moore, OK, and Mansfield Public Schools from 2009 to 2012 in Mansfield, Arkansas. She directed the Mansfield Middle School and High School choirs and provided a vocal music education to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Katie was able to nearly triple the size of the choir program in her time with Mansfield Public Schools. During this time, she also pursued other educational interests by completing classes in studio arts and post-graduate work in educational theory and practice and counseling.
Katie is a member of the National Association for Music Education. As a hobby, Katie enjoys self-directed study of various musical topics, including choral technique and education. Katie is excited to work with the Canterbury Youth Voices in training the next generation of vocal musicians.
Moore Apprentice Choir
With 29 years of experience teaching music, Susan Pendergraft has enjoyed conducting the Canterbury Youth Voices since 2014, and conducting Canterbury Youth Camp. She also enjoys singing as a second soprano with Canterbury Voices adult choir.
She is a 1984 graduate of Newcastle High School. Although she still calls herself a Racer, she was truly Sooner born and went straight from Newcastle High School to the University of Oklahoma.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 1988 and once again became a Racer, taking her first teaching job in her hometown of Newcastle. She taught for a brief period in Putnam City, and then, in 1992 began teaching in Moore Public Schools. First, at Upper-Central Elementary (which is now Central JH), and then at Briarwood Elementary where she was nominated by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year. She taught at Red Oak, and Eastlake following her time at Briarwood, but her “home” has been at Earlywine for 18 years. She again honored by her Earlywine colleagues, as 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year and went on to be one of five district Teacher of the Year finalists.
Mrs. Pendergraft became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2007, and has completed levels in Orff and Kodaly Approaches and continues to work toward certification in both. She has been honored to receive a Fund for Teachers grant in 2010 to travel abroad learning about culture and music in Italy. She received the grant a second time in 2014 to travel to Carmel Valley, California to attend the San Francisco Orff Course.
She is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association and Oklahoma Chapter, National Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the Oklahoma Chapter AOSA, Oklahoma Teachers Association, and The Education Association of Moore.
She has facilitated various workshops and festivals throughout her career including folk dancing, classroom management, and classroom activities. She is always furthering her education as she believes that one never stops learning.
Conducting CYV is her passion, and has afforded her many opportunities such as performing at Thunder games, OKC Dodgers games. But, one of the most memorable was singing, “Give Us Hope” on National television, in Musselman’s Applesauce Family Skating Tribute. They sang as Olympian, Scott Hamilton and his son skated together! Another highlight of her career, and one of the most exciting events for her students, was singing the National Anthem at Ice Cube’s Big 3 Basketball Tournament!
She was honored to conduct Circle the State Region N in 2017 and continues to teach workshops and conduct children’s choirs in Oklahoma.