ARTISTIC STAFF OF THE TULSA CHILDREN'S CHORUS
Michael Shimp is the Artistic Director of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. Michael received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2003, and he is certified to teach both vocal and general music for grades K through 12. Michael is well known for his work in teaching and directing young singers to achieve excellence and in organizing regional competitions such as Oklahoma Children’s All-State Choir—for which he will serve as State Co-Chair in 2017-2018, Oklahoma Circle the State with Song for which he served as State Co-Chair in 2016-2017, Circle the State with Song Region R Coordinator from 2012-2015. He has served as guest clinician for numerous Circle the State with Song Festivals throughout the state of Oklahoma. He also served as Guest Clinician in November 2015 for both the ECOCDA Regional Treble Choir and the Western Oklahoma Junior High Honor Choir. Michael has served on the Choral Staff of the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music from April 2011 to the present. He was Choral Director at the 6th Grade Center at Owasso Public Schools from August 2007 to August 2014, and now teaches at the Owasso 7th Grade Center. He has also served as the Musical Theatre Director for the Midtown School of Performing Arts each Summer since 2009. Mr. Shimp’s choirs have won many awards and he was named Teacher of the Year at the Owasso 6th Grade Center in May 2012.
Joan Hatley is the Accompanist of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. She began her piano study in Tulsa with Georgann Gasaway and continued at Phillips University in Enid, where she studied piano with Dr. Jon Nelson and organ with Dr. Eugene Ulrich. She completed the degree Bachelor of Music in piano performance at the University of Oklahoma where she studied with Dr. Edward Gates.
Hatley resides in Tulsa and has taught piano here since 1981. She is the parateacher in the French fifth grade at Eisenhower International School. She has been the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus accompanist since 2002, and an accompanist for the Tulsa Children’s Chorus since 2009. On the music staff at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Ms. Hatley directs two children’s choirs–the Academy Cherubs and the Academy Choraliers—and accompanies the Chapel Choir rehearsals. She has traveled to schools throughout Oklahoma as accompanist for Tulsa Opera’s educational programs, and has directed the music for nearly three dozen Tulsa productions, including West Side Story, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, and most recently, The Music Man and Curtains. As season accompanist for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Brown Bag It recital series since 1988, Joan has accompanied some of Tulsa’s finest musicians. Along with duo-partner Mary Sallee, Joan has performed many recitals throughout the region of music for both one and two pianos. The duo was selected to perform a showcase recital at the OK Mozart Festival in June 2003. Joan has been an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity since 1980, is a member of the Tulsa Alumnae Chapter, and serves at the national level as Chairman of the Member Laureate Committee. She has been awarded the Sword of Honor, and was a featured performer at the SAI National Centennial Convention in 2003. Her composition, “Be Thinking,” is published in the SAI Supplemental Songbook.
Joan’s choral accompanying experience began with her seventh grade chorus, and continued through two years as Oklahoma All-State accompanist, under Paul Salamunovich and Doug McKuen. She accompanied the University of Oklahoma Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Dennis Shrock. Perhaps her most significant influence in the world of choral music has been Dr. Marilyn Carver, her mother.
Joan is the proud mother of two teenaged boys: Dylan and Jonathan.
Ginny LeDoux is the founder and Artistic Director/Conductor Emerita of the Tulsa Children's Chorus. LeDoux holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her outstanding work with children's choirs and time as an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College has earned her acclaim throughout Oklahoma. She is an active clinician and has been a leader in the American Choral Directors Association for many years. Ginny currently serves as Director of Children’s Music Ministries at Boston Avenue Methodist Church and is a music teacher at Holland Hall.