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 fourth year as Chorale director.
Mr. Ziegler also teaches Vocal Music at Norman North High School in Norman, OK where he directs the Chorale and Jazz Choir. The Jazz Choir recently performed as an OkMEA Honor Group at the 2020 Conference in Tulsa. He recently served as the chairperson for the 2019 & 2020 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).
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 a beautiful trio of ladies who make him better every day: his wife, Meredith, and daughters, Charlotte & Caroline.
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 as well as the Artistic Team Leader for the CYV staff! She is a product of the Canterbury Student Intern Program (2009-2010), making her full-time debut with Canterbury during the 2011-2012 season. Under her direction, the Central Apprentice Choir of CYV has been selected twice as an Elementary Honor Choir for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association’s annual convention. Meredith was the vocal music specialist at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in Oklahoma City Public Schools from 2010-2017 and is currently the 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, a Rising Star Educator for the State of Oklahoma in 2015, and has received the State Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Arts Education.
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, the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. She recently completed a two year term as the President for the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.
Meredith lives in Norman with her husband, Stephen, and two daughters, Charlotte and Caroline.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Conductor – Cantabile
Wendyle is an Oklahoma native. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he holds an honors degree in Vocal Music Education. While at OSU, he had the privilege to study under the world-renowned composer, clinician, and lecturer, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. After graduating from OSU, he was the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Ok.
He now is in his first year as the Choir Director at Heartland Middle School in Edmond, OK. Wendyle is a member of several professional organizations including: the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, and Central Oklahoma Choral Directors Association.
He is a member of Windsong Chamber Choir, a nationally recognized semi-professional chamber choir based in Oklahoma City. He also runs a private voice student for middle and high school aged students. Wendyle currently lives in Edmond, OK with his dog, Winston.
Moore Apprentice Choir
With 30 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.
Susan 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 in 1995. She taught at Red Oak and Eastlake following her time at Briarwood, but her “home” has been at Earlywine for 21 years. She was honored again 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 Level 1 Orff Approach Courses and the Kodaly Level 1 Course, and continues to work toward certification in both. She was the recipient of the Fund for Teachers grant in 2010 to travel abroad learning about culture and music in Italy, and 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!
Her Canterbury Apprentice Choir was selected as an Honor Group and performed at the State OkMEA Convention in January 2019. She was honored to conduct Circle the State Region N in 2017 and Region M in 2019. She continues to teach workshops and conduct children’s choirs in Oklahoma.