Elected Officers


Brian Galante, President
Term of Office, July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020

Brian is Associate Director of Choral Activities at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where he conducts the Chorale, University Singers (Women’s Chorus) and Men's Chorus. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Vocal Pedagogy for the Choral Music Educator, Choral Methods, Choral Literature, and Conducting.

Galante received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting, with a related field in Voice Science and Pedagogy, from the University of North Texas. He holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Louisiana State University. Previous choral appointments include Visiting Associate Director of Choral Studies at Louisiana State University; Conductor of the UNT Men’s Chorus and Conducting Associate of the UNT A Cappella Choir; Director of Choral Music/Coordinator of K-12 Music at Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas; Director of Choirs at Episcopal High School and Director of Music at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, both in Baton Rouge.



Nicole Lamartine, Past-President
Term of Office, July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

lamartineDr. Lamartine is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming. Under Nicole’s leadership, choirs of the University of Wyoming have performed at the 2012 Northwest ACDA conference, the 2011 Northwest MENC conference in Bellevue, WA and at the 2011 National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) national conference.

Her choirs at the University of Wyoming have enjoyed premiere performances and recordings of music by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Forrest Pierce, John Muehleisen, and Craig Hella Johnson.

Nicole has presented her research at national and regional conferences of ACDA, NCCO, CMS, NATS, and NAfME. She is in demand as a conductor and clinician across the US and Europe and will appear as the NW ACDA Men’s Honor Choir conductor at the 2014 conference.

As a professional vocal musician, Nicole has sung as a regular member of the Grammy®-nominated Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Chor Anno.  While living in England she sang with the choruses of the London BBC and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, performing across Europe and the UK.  She can be heard on six choral CDs on labels including Harmonia Mundi and Chandos.

Nicole has served as Wyoming ACDA President, as chair of the 2011 National ACDA Women’s Choir and as co-chair of the 2009 National ACDA Collegiate Chamber Choir.  She is currently the 2014 conference Interest Session Chair and International Conductor Exchange Program liaison for NW ACDA.  She will represent the US as the NW ACDA delegate to China this summer.

Patrick Ryan, Past -President Council Chair

ryanPatrick Ryan is the lead choral director at Great Falls High School in Great Falls, Montana, where he heads a program of seven choirs and over 200 students. Patrick is the president of the Northwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association, and a past-president of the Montana Choral Directors Association. He is a frequent clinician and guest conductor. In 2012, he directed the inaugural KIMEA National Honor Choir in Seoul, South Korea.

Choirs under Patrick’s leadership have been invited to sing in several professional events. His Great Falls High School Delphian Choir performed at the 2015 Northwest NAfME Conference. This group also received second place in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Performance, High School Division. In 2013 the choir commissioned and premiered composer John Muehleisen’s piece, Consolation: Requiem for Newtown. His women’s choir from Havre High School, Belles Voix, performed for the 2009 NW-NAfME Conference, and his Havre High A Cappella Choir participated in the world premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Paradise Lost in Carnegie Hall.

Patrick received his Master’s degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University, where he studied conducting with Edith Copley and directed the NAU Men’s Chorale. He received his music education degree with an emphasis in secondary choral music from Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied with Richard Sparks and Richard Nance. Patrick has a passion for secondary school music, and his experiences have taught him that any size school can have a thriving choral program.

Outside his professional life, Patrick enjoys officiating football and basketball for the Montana Officials Association and spending time with his amazing wife Lynn, and their three children, Kian, Kendall, and Kari.



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