The following individuals form the Executive Board of the NCCO and are elected to serve for the 2020–2021 biennium. (The Chief Editor is an exception as they are appointed by the Officers and serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Executive Board.)
Conductor and composer Dominick DiOrio is Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also serves as director of NOTUS, a select, new music chamber chorus. With NOTUS, he has appeared at Regional and National Conferences of ACDA, and received an invitation to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in New Zealand, ultimately cancelled due to COVID-19. His original music is widely performed, and he has been commissioned, published, and recorded by ensembles across the globe. He is the 14th artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia.
Kellori Dower is the Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, California. She was the director of two award-winning high school choral music programs prior to serving as Director of Choral Activities at the collegiate level. Past appointments have also included High School administrator and District Arts Administrator positions. She was the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Music Educator Award for the California Music Educators Association. She is an active choral composer, adjudicator and clinician. Dr. Dower’s work and research regarding culture and music lead to the creation of collegiate courses in Rap and Hip Hop, Gospel Music and African American folk compositions.
Elizabeth Swanson is associate director of choral studies at the University of Colorado Boulder where she conducts the University Choir and teaches conducting. She maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and professional choral singer. Swanson’s held positions at Nyack College (NYC), The University of Chicago, North Park University, and Ithaca College. Prior to her current NCCO position, Swanson served as NCCO’s secretary and as acting chief editor. She’s earned degrees from St. Olaf College (BME), Ithaca College (MM), and Northwestern University (DM).
Matthew Ferrell is associate professor and director of choral activities at St. Cloud State University. He has served NCCO as Minnesota’s National Board Member, as associate editor of the NCCO Choral Series, and is on the editorial board for The Choral Scholar. Under Dr. Ferrell’s direction, the SCSU Concert Choir has performed at state and divisional conferences. Dr. Ferrell is a past ICEP fellow having represented the U.S. in a conductors’ exchange with South Korea.
Marie Bucoy-Calavan has been Director of Choral Studies at The University of Akron since 2014, where she conducts Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and teaches undergraduate– and graduate-level conducting and choral literature. She serves as secretary on Chorus America’s Board of Directors and as coordinator and chair for University Repertoire and Resources, Ohio Choral Directors Association. Bucoy-Calavan finished her BA and MM at California State University, Fullerton, and completed her DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Mark Nabholz is associate professor at Mississippi College where he conducts the nationally recognized MC Singers, teaches conducting and choral literature, and coordinates the MM in choral conducting. He concurrently serves as artistic director of the Mississippi Chorus. He trained at Houghton College (BM) the Eastman School (MM), and USC-Columbia (DMA). Prior to this appointment he served on ACDA boards in South Carolina and Mississippi, as a member of the editorial board for The Choral Scholar, and as a regional representative to the NCCO Board.
Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan serves as the Director of the School of the Arts and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where he oversees the graduate program in choral conducting and teaches courses in choral literature and pedagogy, and conducts the UH Chamber Singers who will sing at the 2022 ACDA Western Division Conference in Long Beach. Dr. Saplan is currently the Hawaiʻi ACDA President, the chair of the ACDA Western Region Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and serves as Interest Session Chair for the 2023 ACDA National Conference.