Alan Zabriskie holds a B.M. degree from the University of Utah (2002) in Music Education and an M.M. in Choral Conducting/Music Education from Brigham Young University (2006). He holds a Ph.D. in Choral Conducting/Music Education from the Florida State University (2010).  He taught for five years in the Clark County School District in Southern Nevada, including four years at Centennial High School.

Alan's Chamber Singers performed at the 2007 ACDA National Convention in Miami, Florida. The Chamber Singers was one of only seven high school choirs invited to perform, and only the second choir ever invited from the state of Nevada. Alan has served as chorus master for the Utah Lyric Opera and Florida State University Opera.  Additionally, he has served as an adjudicator and clinician in choral festivals and conferences in Florida, Nevada, and Utah.  Alan’s textbook Foundations of Choral Tone: A Proactive and Healthy Approach to Choral Blend was released in October 2009. 

As Assistant Director of Development for the Utah Symphony, Alan headed the planned giving and corporate giving areas and assisted with individual giving.  He also served as project coordinator and writer for the Utah Symphony’s annual television production Salute to the Symphony, a fund-raising venture that featured a concert performance by the Utah Symphony and several vignettes of symphony personnel and management.

Alan is a member of NCCO, ACDA, and MENC and has served terms as secretary of the Nevada Music Educators Association and as treasurer of the Nevada Chapter of ACDA. He also co-chaired the Clark County School District Mixed Honor Choir.

Foundations of Choral Tone
A Healthy and Proactive Approach to Vocal Technique and Choral Blend


Foundations of Choral Tone presents a series of proactive and insightful lessons for building choral tone from the ground up. This outstanding resource provides choral music educators a clear and complete method for developing a healthy and expressive approach to singing that facilitates blend rather than imposing blend on singers.

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Kevin Fenton, Professor of Choral Conducting and Ensembles at The Florida State University, holds the Ph.D. from The Florida State University, the M.M. from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the B.M.E. from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Kevin conducts the University Singers and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and choral literature. He is also the Artistic Director for the Festival Singers of Florida, based in Orlando.

Prior appointments include Director of Choral Activities at James Madison University and Virginia Tech. On nine occasions he has conducted ensembles in performances for national and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educator’s National Conference. As a result of his positive approach to choral conducting, Dr. Fenton has served as a clinician for numerous workshops, honor choirs and clinics in thirty-two states throughout the country, including the ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir in 2008 and the Beijing International Choral Festival Choir in 2007.

Kevin’s textbook, Foundations of Choral Conducting has been adopted by more than thirty universities throughout the United States, and he has also written articles appearing in the Choral Journal, the Music Educators Journal, and the Bulletin for Historical Research in Music Education. Dr. Fenton is a recipient of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Delta Omicron Music Professor of the Year Award and has been nominated for a Florida State University Teaching Award for Excellence for the past eight years. Dr. Fenton is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, currently serving as President for Florida’s ACDA Chapter.


Foundations of Choral Conducting


Foundations of Choral Conducting is designed to progressively disclose characteristics of the effective conductor, beginning with gesture, moving into score study and then rehearsal planning and execution.