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Jacob Gantz is in his 3rd year as the Director of Vocal Music at Skyline High School, where he directs five vocal ensembles, as well as teaching Music Technology, Musical Theater, and Bella Voce.
Mr. Gantz earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with an emphasis in vocal music, from the University of Wyoming in 2010. He was a founding member of the Singing Statesmen mens choir, and a co-founder of the all-male vocal a cappella ensemble The Happy Jacks. During his time at the University of Wyoming, Mr. Gantz sang with UW’s Collegiate Chorale, Men’s Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Opera in a Gym program; singing on three concert tours throughout the state of Wyoming. Further performing credits include a tour with UW’s Collegiate Chorale throughout Italy, Austria, and Germany in 2006, a tour of Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia with the CSU Chamber Choir in 2015, and various opera roles including the role of Betto in Gianni Schicchi.
Mr. Gantz also brings with him a wide range of teaching experiences. After graduating, he became Director of Vocal Music at Lander Valley High School and Lander Middle School in Lander, Wy. In Lander, he taught six vocal ensembles, Musical Theater, and 6th Grade general music. In addition, Mr. Gantz was responsible for creating one of Wyoming’s few scheduled musical theater classes, founding the middle school show choir SoundWave, and leading a chamber choir of Lander’s finest vocalists on a ten day performance tour (the first in school history) of Ireland. Most recently, he spent a year as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Colorado State University under the tutelage of Dr. Bonnie Jacobi. During his time at CSU, his duties included co-teaching undergraduate music education classes, co-directing the CSU Rammerchor men’s choir, and composing for the a cappella group BASSIC.
Beyond the classroom, Mr. Gantz spends much of his time arranging a cappella music for various ensembles, honing his rather imperfect piano skills, and watching endless amounts of sci-fi/fantasy films and television shows; the most important of which is of course, Star-Trek (TNG!!!!).