Show Choir Camp Faculty

Matt Brennan is originally from Prairie du Sac, WI where he began his studies on voice performance.   A 2005 graduate of Sauk Prairie High School, Matthew is forever thankful for the wonderful music educators that helped shape his path.  Matt’s studies continued after high school at Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a focus on Music Education and Vocal Performance.  After finishing his degree in Iowa, Matt returned to Wisconsin to become the Choral Music Director at Sauk Prairie Middle School.   After three years working at the middle school level, Matt transitioned to Sauk Prairie High School where he runs daily choral activities, an annual musical, madrigal dinner, two competitive show choirs, and two a’capella ensembles.  He is grateful to be in such an art rich community and is excited about his future as the continuing Director of Choirs at Sauk Prairie High School.

Jennifer Gulsvig is a 2002 graduate of Luther College, in Decorah, IA and received her masters from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2008. She has been teaching for the last 14 years. Her last 10 years have been at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse,WI where she taught 6th grade general music directs 3 choirs, as well as directed the middle school show choir, The 9th St. Connection. She is one of two directors for the middle-level honor choir in Northern Wisconsin, and is the head director at the Shell Lake Show choir camp. Jennifer loves spending her free time doing clinic work with various middle and high school show choirs in the midwest and during the summer is on staff at Showchoir Camps of America.

Ellie Jordan is an up and coming freelance choreographer based in Chicago, Illinois. She is a recent graduate of Western Michigan University receiving her bachelor of arts in dance. Her technical training is in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, and Hip-Hop. Ellie was a member and part of the creative team for Hip Hop ConneXion-Michigan dance company. She has been busy this year as an adjudicator and clinician at several show choir competitions and has enjoyed choreographing for many award winning high school and middle school show choirs across the country. Her choreography has also been featured in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, Kiss Me Kate, and West Side Story, as well as at Six Flags Great America. This summer will be her second year as a clinician for Showchoir Camps of America. Most recently Ellie was named the 2015 winner of the FAME Aspire award for Best New Choreographer.

Tamara Smith attended UW-Eau Claire and received her Bachelor's of Music Education degree. After teaching in northwestern Wisconsin, she moved to Denver, Colorado and served as Minister of Music, taught private lessons, and enjoyed administrative work. In 2004, she moved back to her native Shell Lake with her husband and two daughters and has been very active as a free-lance musician. Tamara has worked as an accompanist for the Shell Lake Arts Center's Show Choir Camps since 1978.