Elaine Schaefer has a wide range of experience working with both instrumental and vocal music in Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools in California, Nevada, and Saskatchewan, Canada. She is in her fifteenth year at COS, having spent the previous 18 years in Saskatchewan where she was a well-known teacher, conductor, guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. At COS she serves as the Director of Vocal/Choral Studies conducting the Ladies' Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir, teaching the voice classes, Music Fundamentals and Ear Training, acting as Musical director for the annual Spring Musical and administering the Applied Music program. For ten years she was the Camp Director for the COS Vocal Jazz/Show Choir Camp held each year in the fourth week of June.
Ms. Schaefer received her B.A. from CSU Hayward
in Instrumental Performance and her Masters in Choral Conducting
from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, where she taught music
theory and conducted the University Chorus. In her spare time, she
plays clarinet in the COS Concert Band and Orchestra and Alto Saxophone
in the COS Jazz Band.
The 2005-06 year was a special year of recognition for Ms. Shaefer who was accepted into Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among American Women, and Who's Who in American Education. She was also selected as College of the Siskiyous' first Faculty Member of the Year.
Ms. Schaefer is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the International Association of Choral Singings, the Music Educators' National Conference and the California Music Educators Association.
Ms. Schaefer may be contacted at: 530-938-5315 or email:email@example.com
Janet Williams Stensaas has been a staff accompanist at COS for over 30 years, playing for voice classes, choirs, and vocal jazz ensembles, working with every choir director the college has employed. She is also a singer and has been featured as soprano soloist in several concerts.
Twice at COS, Janet taught voice, two choirs and vocal jazz as sabbatical replacement. She also co-directed COS musicals for over 20 years. Her full-length musical, "The Good Old Days," was produced twice by the COS drama department. Janet has had several choral pieces published and has written four children's musicals and a book of holiday songs and histories entitled "Holiday Fun."
Lloyd Elliot received his undergraduate training in voice, theory, and conducting at the University of the Pacific. He continued graduate studies in composition with Howard Hanson at the Eastman School of Music and further orchestral conducting with Pierre Monteux, Thor Johnson; choral conducting with Helmut Rilling, Elmer Thomas, Dale Warland, and Eric Erickson.
Mr. Elliott returned to California to teach, conduct, and write. He served as chair of the music department at Beyer High School in Modesto, as well as Director of Choral activities at Merced College. He has taught music at the University of the Pacific, San Francisco State University, Dominican College, Contra Costa College, and Santa Rosa Junior College. In connection with his teaching he has written books on harmony, principles of Choral Excellence, and Technical Studies for the voice.
He has conducted the Merced Symphony, Modesto Masterworks Chorus and Master Singers, San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, and the Kensington Symphony. He has held the post of Music Director for many church music programs throughout his career.
Mr. Elliot conducts the COS Orchestra, teaches second year theory, and teaches private voice and piano lessons.
With over 425 titles in print, and 11 million copies in circulation, Roger Emerson is one of the most widely performed choral composers in America today. Emerson has been awarded ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Standard Award for nine years running, and most recently has been applauded by environmental groups for his musical, Assignment: Earth, What Kids Can Do To Save The Planet.
His contribution to the Teen Series Musicals was recognized by inclusion in the Grammy balloting for 1987. In that same year Quincy Jones applauded him for his work on Hot Summer, a tribute to Donna Summer. Joe Preposo of Sesame Street fame gave Roger the supreme compliment on his arrangement of the hit, Sing when he said, "Finally, someone has done something creative with my song!"
He received his degree in choral music education from Southern Oregon University.
Mr. Emerson teaches applied guitar.