Dr. Kevin Meidl

Dr. Kevin Meidl is director of choirs and music department chair at Appleton West High School.  He has taught junior high school and high school choral music in Appleton for the past twenty-eight years.  In addition, he is the artistic director and principal conductor with the Appleton Boychoir…a treble choir of young boys currently celebrating their thirtieth season.

In 2006 Meidl co-founded the Badger State Girl Choir in partnership with the Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, Wisconsin.  As conductor and artistic director of this ensemble, he leads nearly one hundred elementary and middle school girls in a diverse performance-based program inclusive of both music and dance.

Meidl is currently president of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.  In this position, he oversees the professional development of several thousand school, church, community and university conductors from across the upper Midwest.   He serves as a voting member of the national choral directors board, and is past president of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

Meidl’s choirs have performed for state division and national conferences of the American Guild of Organists, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, the Intercollegiate Men’s Chorus Association, and the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.  They have performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, and for the official presidential visit of George W. Bush in Appleton.  He has conducted choirs for ceremonies commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, for Pope John Paul II in Rome, and in some thirty other countries around the world.

Meidl’s choirs have produced a dozen recordings and have been featured on national radio programs in the Netherlands, Russia, and Mexico.  Graduates of his choir programs have entered the ranks of the music education profession and are creating choral music across the country.  In the Appleton Public Schools alone there are three music educators who are graduates of his program

Meidl has studied conducting with Constantina Tsolainou, currently director of choral activities at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia; with Kate Tamarkin, music director of the Charlottesville and the University of Virginia Symphonies in Charlottesville, Virginia; and with Robert Harris and John Paynter at Northwestern University.  He holds degrees from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Northwestern University.  In addition, he has studied Kodály methods at Silver Lake College and is completing post-doctoral work at Boston University.

As an adjudicator, conductor, clinician, and lecturer, Meidl is in high demand across the United States including recent events in Virginia, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.  He was a featured presenter at the National Music Educators Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, and most recently was the keynote speaker for the Iowa Choral Directors Association Convention.  He is widely published in professional journals across America.

A leader in international choral music education, Meidl created the International Youth Symposium on Choral Music in Altötting, Germany, and the national conference for high school students considering careers in choral music called NextDirection.  He has developed various initiatives in support of music education in Wisconsin including confabs for choral directors, music repertoire banks, summer choir camps and the highly successful “Immersion Day” concept for divisional ACDA conferences.  His most recent initiative is the Summer School Consortium Choir Camps…entering its fourth year, this program has impacted hundreds of children from thirteen school districts across the Fox River Valley.

Dr. Meidl is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the International Federation for Choral Music, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda, and past president of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He was selected as Secondary Teacher of the Years in 1996 for the Appleton Area School District and most recently, in 2008, as the Helble high school Teacher of the Year.  His biography is listed in recent editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in American Education, and several other honorary publications.