Boulder Children’s Chorale Artistic Director
Shauna Keene was one the founding staff members of the Boulder Children’s Chorale. While Assistant Director from 2009–2012, the Children’s Chorale developed three choirs and an outreach program, which has now expanded to five choirs with over 100 singers ages 5-17. She has instructed students of all ages in piano, voice and theater and taught elementary general music and middle school choir and theater arts in Boulder Valley School District and Saint Vrain Valley School District. As a professional singer, she performed many leading roles, and was the winner of several national vocal competitions as well as regional first place winner and national semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Ms. Keene specializes in vocal pedagogy and music literacy. She holds a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Colorado State University and was a full scholarship recipient for undergraduate vocal studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also holds all three levels of Kodály certification and has completed Orff Schulwerk training. She lives in Boulder with her husband and three children.
Boulder Children’s Chorale Bel Canto Director
Megan Lawless teaches middle school choral music in Mead and specializes in pre-adolescent and adolescent vocal technique and choral singing. She completed her Master of Music in music education at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 and received her undergraduate degree in music education from Butler University in 2005. Mrs. Lawless began her career as Director of Choral Activities at Hong Kong International School in Hong Kong, China. She has also taught middle and high school choral music and drama in public schools in Indiana and Illinois. Her ensembles have consistently received top ratings at adjudicated festivals here in Colorado and in the Midwest.
From 2012 to 2014 Mrs. Lawless served as the director of the intermediate level of the Centennial Children’s Chorus. She has been a guest clinician for the Colorado Affiliate of the American Choral Directors Association and the Poudre Elementary Honor Choir. She was proud to work in conjunction with the choral music staff of the University of Colorado to develop the CU-Boulder Middle School Choral Festival. In 2017, Mrs. Lawless was thrilled to accompany Bel Canto on its first national tour to the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. She resides in Lafayette with her husband, Ryan, and her two children, Liam and Coralea, and enjoys yoga, reading, and soaking in the Colorado sunshine.
Boulder Children’s Chorale Volante and Peak A Capella Director
Nathan Wubbena received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011, and his Master of Music in Music Education with a Conducting Specialization at Colorado State University in 2018. Nathan has taught students from elementary to high school to adults, on both the Front Range and Western Slope, in curricular and private settings. He has had extensive experience teaching choral, musical theater, and contemporary a cappella genres, and is an accomplished performer in each.
In 2015, he received the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award from the Colorado Music Educators Association, which honors outstanding achievement in an educator with up to 5 years of experience. His experience and recognition have since resulted in him being requested as guest clinician throughout the state of Colorado. He is Chair Emeritus of the Colorado Middle All State Choir board, of which he was a founding board member. Additionally, he runs the summer a cappella camp, of which he is the co-founder and executive director. He resides in Longmont with his wife, Anna, and his son, James, and enjoys cheering for the Broncos and spending time outdoors with his family and two dogs.
Boulder Children’s Chorale Prima Voce Director
Larisa Dreger received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she taught K-5 elementary general music, middle school choir, guitar, orchestra, drama, and coached high school marching band in Colorado Springs Widefield School District #3. Mrs. Dreger currently teaches choir at Mead Middle School in the St. Vrain Valley School District and has been the Assistant Artistic Director for the Boulder Concert Chorale since 2016.
In addition to teaching in public schools, Mrs. Dreger maintains a private flute and voice studio. Previously, she served as an interim director for the Boulder Children’s Chorale Bel Canto choir, played flute in the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony in Colorado Springs, and partnered with the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale through their Adopt-a-School program. She was a founding member of the Colorado Elementary All-State Choir Board and currently serves on the Colorado Middle All-State Choir Board.