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Why We Sing

Saturday, August 24, 2024

One Day Workshop + Showcase

Please register by July 25, 2024. 

Join us for this one-day event for singers grades 4-12! Together we will:

  • Explore, share, and celebrate why we sing

  • Learn a number of pieces based on the students favorite songs

  • End the day with a final showcase concert

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Other Details

  • Workshop and performance will take place at Our Saviors Lutheran Church

  • 9:00am Workshop

  • 6:00pm Showcase Performance

Jessica Koenig

Treble Choir Director


Jessica Koenig joined choir at the age of 9 and has never stopped! She was provided with a childhood rich in performing arts experiences in St. Louis, MO where she was a vibrant member of choirs, dance, and theatre productions.


She went on to receive her BS in Music Education from William Jewell College in 2003. She’s since continued to educate music students both privately and in schools, and directed choirs and ensembles of all ages.


Jessica’s choirs have been featured in choral festivals, performed the Star Spangled Banner for audiences at Harlem Globetrotters’ events, and shared the stage with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.


Teaching is her lifelong calling and she is dedicated to helping her students thrive musically and emotionally. Jessica is thrilled to be part of the Kantorei experience.

High School Choir Director, Artistic Director

Addison Youngblood


Addison Youngblood is a conductor, music educator, and performer throughout the Midwest. In addition to serving as Artistic Director of Kantorei, he teaches choir, orchestra, and AP Music Theory and chairs the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago, serves as Choir Director at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and plays trombone throughout the midwest.


While completing his graduate studies, Addison served as the Assistant Conductor of the University of Illinois Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Choir Director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana, IL,  Adjunct Instructor of music at Rock Valley College and had the opportunity to sing with the Montreal Symphony Chorus under the direction of Kent Nagano. 


In addition to his formal studies, Addison has had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with some of most prominent musicians in the choral field, including Donald Nally and Joseph Flummerfelt.


Addison holds a Bachelors in Music Education and Master’s Degrees in both Choral Music and Trombone Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied conducting with Andrew Megill, Chester Alwes, and Andrea Soyla, and studied trombone with Elliot Chasanov and Jim Pugh.  

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