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Dr. Holly Dalrymple
Dr. Brian C. Murray

Dr. Holly Dalrymple

Dr. Holly Dalrymple is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. She conducts Collegiate Chorale and Bel Canto, and teaches vocal and choral methods for the Public School Methods sequence. She has directed middle school and high school choral programs in Richardson, Plano, and Pflugerville, Texas, and has taught private vocal instruction to students in the Richardson school district. 

Dr. Dalrymple served as the Artistic Director of Tapestry Singers, the women’s chorus of Austin, Texas, and as the Associate Conductor for the Denton Bach Society and the Dallas Arts District Chorale. As a church musician, Dr. Dalrymple served as the Director of Music of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas and as the Associate Director of Music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Denton, Texas where she directed the youth and children’s choirs. 

Dr. Dalrymple earned a doctoral degree in choral conducting with a related field in voice performance from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor of music education from Texas State University. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, Texas Choral Directors Association, and Texas Music Educators Association.

Dr. Brian C. Murray

Dr. Brian C. Murray is the Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Lecturer in Choral Music Education at the University of Wyoming where he conducts the Singing Statesmen and the Laramie Civic Chorus and teaches courses in choral and vocal methods. Dr. Murray earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the University of North Texas where he served as the instructor of Fundamentals of Conducting and the conducting associate for A Cappella, University Singers, Concert Choir, and Vox Aquilae. 


Prior to beginning his doctoral coursework, Dr. Murray taught high school choir for seven years in Carrollton, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in choral music education, summa cum laude, from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education degree from the Florida State University. Dr. Murray has proudly served the Texas Music Educators Association as the vice president of Region 31, the vocal chair of Region 24, secretary of Region 24, and the facilities chair for the Vocal Division. He has also volunteered for the American Choral Directors Association by co-managing the 2017 and 2019 National MS/JH Honor Choirs. Dr. Murray is a frequent clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, and his professional affiliations include ACDA, NAfME, TCDA, TMAA, TMEA, WMEA and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Annelise Dias
Tamara Caetano

Annelise Dias

Born in Belo Horizonte, Annelise Dias holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Lyrical Singing from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. She participated in several choirs in her hometown and in other states across the country. Annelise was a vocal coach and assistant conductor of the Medical Choir at UFMG for three years and worked at the Coral Lirico de Minas Gerais, the greatest choir in her state, for a year before entering her master's degree in vocal performance at the University of Wyoming. During her course of study, she participated in classes with Eiko Senda, André dos Santos, Carolina Faria, Luciana Monteiro de Castro, Raminta Lampsatis, and Dr. Katrina Zook. Annelise won the Young Musician BDMG award (2014 and 2015). In June 2017 she was the invited soloist of the Lyrical in Concert, directed by Maestro Ângelo Fernandes at the Grand Theater of the Palácio das Artes. She was one of the winners in the Segunda Musical announcement of the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais in 2018. Her performance credits include: Dido, from the opera Dido and Aeneas by H. Purcell; Fanny, from the opera La Cambiale Di Matrimonio by G. Rossini; Dorabella, from the opera Cosí Fan Tutte by W. A. ​​Mozart, and Armida, from the opera Rinaldo by G. F. Handel. For the performance of Rinaldo, Annelise was also the Artistic Director for the opera's production.

Tamara Caetano

Tamara Caetano is a Brazilian soprano. She started her musical studies at the age of 9 learning clarinet with her father and studying violin at the São Paulo State School of Music (EMESP) in 2004. Her vocal training began with the Ópera Infantil e Solistas. She later sang with the Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo Youth Choir and CoralUSP. During 2009 and 2010, she studied lyrical singing with Cristine Bello Guse and Andréia Kayser and violin with Gabriel Gorun and Elina Suris.

In 2016 she obtained a Bachelor's of Music degree in lyrical singing at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), under the guidance of Francisco Campos and Dr. Ricardo Ballestero. In 2017 and 2018, she participated in the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy under the direction of Helmuth Hilling and Kathy Romay, performing in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig as well as various cities in Germany.

Active in performances of chamber and choral music, she has performed in the main concert halls and theaters in Brazil. She has participated as a chorus member and soloist in various ensembles including: Voz Ativa Madrigal, Chamber Choir Comunicantus of the University of São Paulo, Academic Choir of Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo, Symphonic Choir of the Symphonic Orchestra of São Paulo, and Osvaldo Lacerda Choir. With these ensembles, she had the opportunity to work with renowned conductors including Marin Alsop, Krzysztoph Penderecki, Nathalie Stutzmann, Valentina Peleggi, Giancarlo Guerrero, Thierry Fischer, and Ragnar Bohlin.

In addition to recitals, her performance highlights include: "Piangerò la sorte mia" by G.F. Handel, as a guest soloist with the University of São Paulo Philharmonic, conducted by Rubens Ricciardi in June 2014; Liebeslieder Walzer by J. Brahms, produced by Liederstudio at the Cachuera space in 2017; Stabat Mater by F.J. Haydn and Trois poèmes de Mallarmé by Maurice Ravel produced by Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival in 2017 and 2018, respectively; Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns and Stabat Mater by G. B. Pergolesi produced by Osvaldo Lacerda Choir; and Micaëla in G. Bizet’s Carmen produced by Music Festival of Curitiba in 2019.

In Brazil she studied voice with Laura de Souza, Dr. Angelo Fernandes, and Dr. Marcelo Ferreira. She participated in masterclasses in Germany with Jörn Dopfer, Caroline Stein, Michael Gehrke, and Jürgen Dietrich. Currently she is a master's student at the University of Wyoming in vocal performance under the guidance of Dr. Katrina Zook.

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