Mr. Chris Maunu

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Since Chris Maunu become director at Arvada West in 2006, the choir department has grown from 140 to over 300 members. Choirs have been invited to perform at CMEA conferences 7 times since 2009 - the top honor for music ensembles in Colorado. Vocal Showcase was invited to perform at the 2017 National ACDA Conference, the top honor in the United States. In addition, AWHS choirs have had invitations to perform/collaborate the Colorado Symphony and the Colorado Ballet, as well as Eric Whitacre, Ron Staheli and the Brigham Young University Singers, Anton Armstrong and the St. Olaf Choir, and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. The choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, and sang High Mass at St. Peter's Basilica-Rome and St. Mark's-Venice. Chris has served as Chorus Master for Loveland Opera Theatre and Assistant Conductor of St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. He has served as h
onor choir clinician and adjudicated numerous music festivals. Mr. Maunu also fills out his time singing with professional ensembles and opera companies. He currently performs with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and the Colorado Bach Ensemble. Chris has also performed with the Sante Fe Desert Chorale, Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Loveland Opera Theatre, and England’s Swingle Singers. Chris is an active member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and NAfME (National Association for Music Education) and has presented clinics with both associations. 

BLOCK 3  E111 Women's Ensemble
BLOCK 4  E111 Concert Choir
BLOCK 5  E111 Free Agents
BLOCK 6  E111 Company West
BLOCK 7  E111 Vocal Showcase

Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern State University

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