Coordinator of Education and School Partnerships
Joanie Gregory-Pullen brings a well-rounded variety of experience to the Canterbury team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She uses her knowledge from her degree and studies at the master level in music performance and education at the University of Oklahoma to successfully tap the talent of everyone from preschool aged children to senior adults.
In her time as the Coordinator of Education and School Partnerships, the Canterbury Youth Voices have nearly doubled in size.
In addition to teaching private voice, she is also quite theatrically accomplished both as a performer and director. Her recent favorite projects are directing the national dvd premiere of four children’s musicals for the Dove award winning composer, Dave Clark, produced by Brentwood Benson and Lillenas Music Publishers in Nashville.
She is also a member of numerous professional organizations including the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association and Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women and holds her Level 1 Kodaly certification.
She and her husband, John, are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters.
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 (2010-2011). He is thrilled to continue work with CYV as Chorale director for the 2016-17 season.
Stephen Ziegler is serving his second year as Vocal Music Director at Norman North High School, where he directs the Jazz Choir and Chorale. His choirs have earned Superior ratings in competitions held in Oklahoma, New York City, and San Antonio.
Mr. Ziegler holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma (2014), a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Vocal Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Oklahoma City University (2012). Mr. Ziegler is a member of ACDA and NAfME. He lives in Norman with his beautiful 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 also serves as vocal music specialist at Wilson Elementary Arts Integration School in Oklahoma City. 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) and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision in addition to pursuing her Orff-Schulwerk certification from Southern Methodist University. 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 Moore is honored to be in her third year of conducting with the Canterbury Youth Voices. Katie currently serves as a choral director 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 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 post-graduate work in educational theory and practice and counseling.
After returning to Oklahoma, Katie worked as the music specialist at Winding Creek Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. In 2015, she accepted her current position as a choral director with Western Heights Public Schools. Katie enjoys teaching music theory and beginning piano, as well as directing the Women’s and Show Choirs.
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 27 years of experience teaching music, Susan Pendergraft has enjoyed conducting the Canterbury Youth Voices for three years. She also enjoys singing soprano as member of Canterbury Voices!
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 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 in Putnam City after Newcastle, and then in 1992 began teaching in Moore Public Schools. First at Upper-Central Elementary (now Central JH), and then at Briarwood Elementary where she was nominated by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year in 1997. She then took an open position at Red Oak, and Eastlake following her time at Briarwood, but her “home” has been at Earlywine for the past fifteen years!
Mrs. Pendergraft is a National Board Certified Teacher and has completed training in Orff and Kodaly. She has been honored to receive the Fund for Teachers grant in 2010 to travel abroad learning about culture and music in Italy and again in 2014 to travel to Carmel Valley to attend the San Francisco Orff Course.