Casper Children's Chorale

Casper's Ambassadors of Song


Marcia Patton

Marcia Patton photoMarcia has taught music at all levels (K-12) in Casper, Cheyenne, and Newcastle, Wyoming, and at Olathe North High School in Kansas.  She is retired as choral director at Kelly Walsh High School, where multiple choirs under her direction were chosen to perform on state and regional ACDA and MENC conventions.

Marcia founded the Casper Children’s Chorale in 1979, after moving from Cheyenne where she conducted the Cheyenne Children’s Chorus.  She was US Regional award winner of the High School Activities Music Educator Award, and twice recognized as Wyoming Northeast District Music Educator of the Year.  She was recognized multiple times as an influential educator for the Natrona County School District #1  Academic Awards.   Marcia has been honored to receive the NCSD#1 Medallion of Excellence, the 2005 Casper Rotary Community Service Award, and the 2007 award as Casper’s “Woman of Distinction”.  In 2002 she was the Wyoming Teacher of the Year, and in 2010 was honored as Distinguished Alumna from the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences.  In 2017 she received the UW Weiss Award for Outstanding Wyoming Choral Educator, and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the WMEA.  Marcia recently was awarded the Tony Cate Award for Non-Profit Leadership from the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Marcia is past president of Wyoming ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), served three terms as Northwest Division Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs, and three terms as Children’s Choir Division Chair.  She founded and serves on the board for the Wyoming ACDA Children’s State Honor Choir, now in its 24th season.  Marcia was named a “National Chorus Expert” by MENC (Music Educators National Conference, now NAME), featured as January 2009 “Choral Director of Note” by Choral Directors Magazine, and has presented and published interest sessions nationally for ACDA (notably “The Venus Factor” on women in choral music).   Marcia recently presented “YO, I Miss Your Face!” for the ACDA Youth and Children’s Chorus Retreat in Houston, TX., and will present for the 2020 Arizona ACDA Convention.  Marcia serves as a choral adjudicator for Heritage Music Festivals, judging festivals in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas.  Her musical experience as a performer and clinician has taken her to Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Brazil, Canada, and across the United States as an honor choir conductor in Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Utah.  She conducted choirs of Wyoming secondary students for seven seasons of the Wyoming Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

Marcia is retired as Director of Choirs at Kelly Walsh High School, and as Partner School Facilitator for the University of Wyoming College of Education.  She is married to Patrick Patton, retired Director of Choral Activities at Casper College and current director of the Gillette Chamber Singers.  They are parents to Neely and John, former singers in CCC.

Erin Zavodny: Pianist, Casper Children’s Chorale

Erin grew up with a love for music.  She began singing as soon as she could talk, and started piano lessons at age 6.  After singing at Kelly Walsh High School and Casper College, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a separate Bachelors Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2008.  Erin taught music, choral and instrumental music in Midwest for five years, and is now in her sixth year as the piano instructor and choir director at Dean Morgan Middle School.  Erin has always been active with music ministry in her church.  She sang soprano and was a frequent soloist with Alla Breve.  Erin has a passion for music as well as for teaching, and she loves participating in and contributing to the music community throughout Wyoming.

Robin Bisiar: Section Leader, Casper Children’s Chorale

Robin’s love of music began in fifth grade with piano and choir, and she continued her music study at Park and Mountain View Elementary Schools, CY Junior High, NCHS, Casper College, and Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, where she was a music major. Robin has been a section leader for Children’s Chorale for the past 30+ years, helping with all rehearsals, auditions, trips and performances, and she also works as Chorale Bookkeeper. She has performed with Alla Breve, as have both daughters, Jessica and Kirsten., and she currently sings with the Casper Choral Arts Ensemble.   Robin is happily married to Shaule Bisiar, and all four of their children, Jon, Kristian, Jessica and Kirsten, performed with the Casper Children’s Chorale.

Lynn Kahler: Section Leader, Children’s Chorale

Lynn Kahler received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Northwestern University School of Music.  Throughout her continuing career in music, she has accompanied musicians in theater productions, instrumental and vocal recitals, and choral concerts.  She is active in church music ministry, directing and coordinating music at St. Patrick’s Church, as well as performing with a local dance band and accompanying for Casper College choral ensembles and soloists.

Lynn and her husband, Craig, have raised seven children–all who are still active in music, from production to performance.  She has been an educator in Natrona County School District for over 30 years, and is semi-retired, currently working as the Principal at Park Elementary School.   She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum with an emphasis on the Creative Arts from Lesley University, and served as an adjunct instructor for the Education Department at the University of Wyoming at Casper.  Her interests include composing and arranging music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 Luanne Marshall: Section Leader, Children’s Chorale

Luanne’s mother wrote in her “Baby Book” that Luanne loved music. She still does.  Luanne has participated in a number of choirs and musical theater productions, as well as being heavily involved in church music.  She currently co-leads the worship team at First Baptist Church in Casper.  Luanne studied commercial vocal performance at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and traveled the southeastern United States with a performing group that worked through Belmont with college admissions.  While in Nashville, Luanne sang and performed studio work, which she loved.

Luanne and her husband have three children, all of whom are musical.  Her family moved to Casper in time for her youngest son to sing in the Casper Children’s Chorale during his eighth grade year.;  Luanne has performed with Alla Breve and has served as a section leader for the Casper Children’s Chorale during the past ten years.  In her non-musical life, Luanne is employed at Kelly Walsh High School in the role of Freshman Facilitator.

Erin Miech: Section Leader:  Children’s Chorale and Bel Canto

Music has been a big part of Erin Miech’s life. She is the middle child of seven children, and her family is known for breaking into song at family gatherings. Erin sang in choir at Kelly Walsh and at the University of Montana. She is active in her church choir, and was a member of Alla Breve for eight years. Erin is currently a school counselor at Centennial Middle School. She serves as soprano section leader with the Children’s Chorale as well as with Bel Canto!



Terry Schreckengost:  Conductor, Bel Canto

Terry is in her 8th year as conductor of Bel Canto, and her 18th year as an elementary general music specialist with Natrona County Schools. Terry received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming with certification in K-12 vocal and instrumental music.  She performed with many vocal groups throughout her schooling (including the Cheyenne Children’s Chorus), directed adult and children’s church choirs, taught vocal music grades preschool through high school, and has been a private piano instructor.  Terry and her husband Frank have been married for 28 years and have 4 children, Ben, Josh, Sarah, and Rachel.

Jennifer Cowell-DePaolo:  Pianist and Section Leader, Bel Canto

Jennifer is currently in her 18th year as a full time music instructor at Casper College.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from DePaul University in Violin Performance, and a Master’s of Music degree from the University of Oregon.  Ms. Cowell-DePaolo is an active teacher and performer.  She and her husband, Gary DePaolo, have two children, Alexis and Evan, who both sang with CCC.  Jennifer looks forward to the ongoing adventure as accompanist and rehearsal assistant for Bel Canto.  She is a frequent violin and piano soloist with the Chorale.

Lisa Rich:  Section Leader, Bel Canto

Lisa holds an Associate of Arts from Casper College and a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Wyoming.  Lisa received her Child Development Associate from the CDA National Credentialing Program in 2012.  She taught NCSD#1 elementary general music for 12 years.  She is active in leading the worship time for Pathfinders and sings in her church choir as a frequent soloist.  Lisa has been a featured vocalist for the Casper Chamber Music Society Concert Series and sings with the Casper Choral Arts Ensemble.  She teaches Pre-K at Shepherd of the Hills Child Development Center.  Lisa has been married for 28 years to her husband Steve, and they have two boys, Jeremy and Alex, who both sang with CCC.