Dr. William Chunestudy
"I am honored to conduct the Rocky Mountain Conference Elementary Choral Festival. The spiritual truths and Gospel messages in songs are embedded into our children’s souls for a lifetime. It is my joy and privilege to work with your children to that end. I solicit your prayers as we continue to prepare young souls for God’s Kingdom."
Dr. William Chunestudy has been a music educator and conductor in the Adventist Church for over 45 years. He served as an Academy music teacher for 11 years, as an Assistant Professor of Music at La Sierra University for 13 years and as a college/university administrator for 15 years, all the while continuing to conduct choral and instrumental ensembles. He served as Minister of Music and Worship for the La Sierra University SDA Church for 15 years. During his years as a college administrator, he directed children’s choirs and taught children’s music at several SDA elementary schools.
Dr. Chunestudy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Union College, Lincoln NE, his Master’s Degree, also in Music Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from The Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, CA.
Dr. Chunestudy currently conducts the William Chunestudy Men’s Chorus which he originated in 2005. Dr. Chunestudy continues to conduct choral clinics and vocal workshops throughout the United States. He and his wife Juli live in Southern California. They have three grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.
Ms. Cecilia Simmons
“Music festivals have been an integral and rewarding part of my musical experience. I am terribly excited to continue the tradition of festival music in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Conference. God has blessed this conference in a mighty way, and I look forward to witnessing his continued blessings as we carry on rebuilding our storied festival. Welcome to the 2023 RMC Choral Festival.”
Ms. Cecilia Simmons is a musician, educator, and conductor who has honed her skills in Adventist academies across the United States. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Southern Adventist University and at the same time completed a Bachelors in International Studies [German]. Her music and language studies have taken her around the world, but she is most excited to now call Colorado home.
Ms. Simmons is in the midst of her first year as music director at Campion Academy. She previously served as the music director at Ozark Adventist Academy in Gentry, AR. Her teaching experience extends beyond the pedagogy of music to include music history, music theory and even personal fitness. She has worked with students from elementary school to high school. Though her time at Campion has not been long, she is already known for her boundless energy, passion for students, and love of all things music.