Conductor, Stele & Voci de Lumina
Deah McReynolds holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida. Deah is Artistic Director for Lumina Youth Choirs. This diversified program of vocal arts sustains six choirs of boys and girls, grades 2 through early college, which perform locally, nationally, and internationally in choral festivals, concerts, and competition settings. She is the Conductor of Lumina Stele & Voci de Lumina. In 2018, she conducted the combined Lumina Youth Choirs in their debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
An active adjudicator and clinician, Deah regularly works with high school, middle school, and elementary school choirs, ensembles & solo musicians across the state of Florida. In addition to her work with young singers, Mrs. McReynolds is an Outreach and Education Conductor for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, bringing in-class workshops and formal concert experiences to over 1000 elementary students in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties each year. While attending USF, she conducted the USF Chamber Singers, Collegium, and Collegiate choirs.
Mrs. McReynolds is also adjunct Artist Faculty at The University of Tampa, currently teaching Studio Voice and University Treble Chorus. Deah has had the pleasure of singing with celebrated Broadway performers Kristin Chenoweth, Susan Egan, Allie Mauzey, and Kyle Dean Massey. She was a featured soloist with The Florida Orchestra in performances of Video Games RePlay and performed as a soloist twice for The Orchestra Sings educational outreach concerts, also with the Florida Orchestra. She is an active member of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and has enjoyed singing as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years.
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Mrs. Kyla Knauer is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Music Education. While at UCA, Ms. Bailey was the winner of the 2007 UCA Concerto Aria Competition and performed her winning selctions with the Conway Symphony Orchestra. She was then invited to represent UCA as a guest soloist with the Fujian Symphony Orchestra in Fuzhou, China during the Christmas season later that year.
Ms. Bailey has been with Hillsborough County Schools for 14 years and is currently the Elementary Music Teacher at Turner Bartels K-8 in North Tampa. Mrs. Knauer also serves the District as a member of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council as well as co-sponsoring the Student Council at her own school. She currently conducts several performance groups at Turner Bartels including two choruses, Orff Ensemble, and World Drumming. She has been selected three times as a conductor for a Chorus in the Hillsborough County Fine Arts Festival. In 2013 she was voted Lanier Elementary's Teacher of the Year, and was then named a finalist for the 2013 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year.
Judy Williams has a degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. She has been teaching both elementary and secondary music in Hillsborough County since 2002 and currently serves as the Assistant Principal, Curriculum at Davidsen Middle School.
Judy has sung with the USF Chamber Singers, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, and the St. Lawrence Chorale. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Vocal Association, and the Florida Orchestra Association. She enjoys helping young people appreciate and understand the music in their lives, as well as molding a well-rounded education.
Joseph Galeczka, conductor, is in his seventh year as Director of Choral Activities at Howard W. Blake School of the Arts and in his fourteenth year of teaching. A native of Michigan, Joseph graduated with a combined Bachelors in Choral and Instrumental Music Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In 2013 he received his Masters in Choral Conducting from The Florida State University where he studied under Dr. Andre’ J. Thomas, Dr. Kevin Fenton, and Dr. Judy Bowers. Choirs under his direction have consistently received Superiors at District and State Music Performance Assessments. His choir was selected to perform at the 2019 Florida American Choral Directors Conference. They have also performed throughout the State of Florida, Nationally, and Internationally including Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Germany. Professionally Joseph has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed internationally with ensembles throughout Western Europe. A professional highlight, Joseph was invited to perform for the newly appointed Italian Ambassador to the United States following his swearing-in ceremony. He is a member of ACDA, FVA, FMEA, NafME, and he is currently the chair of the Hillsborough County SSAA All-County Chorus. Joseph is an active clinician, FVA Adjudicator, composer, and arranger.
Phil McReynolds received his Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Florida. Phil has also accompanied the Elementary All County Choir for the Hillsborough County Fine Arts Festival for seven years. Phil has performed extensively in the Tampa Bay Area, including playing with national touring musicals casts of The Radio City Music Hall Revue and Evita. Currently, he is employed as an Elementary Music Specialist at Stowers Elementary in Lithia, Florida.