The continually growing North Olmsted Choral Department serves over 200 students in the Middle and High School. The purpose of the department is to develop each student’s musical skills, teach proper vocal techniques, and cultivate a love of music. Practice, performance, and education help each singer become confident adults. Under the direction of Alex Phan, the choirs have flourished with the development of classical and pop a cappella curriculums. The students in the department consistently receive superior ratings at many Ohio Music Education Association events, clinics and festivals. As a department, we will continue to seek new performance opportunities and new ways to provide service to the community and will continue to improve the musical knowledge, standards and vocal skills of each of our students.
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Meet the Director- Alex Phan
Alex Phan is the Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Music for North Olmsted Schools. He graduated from Avon Lake High School in 2003 and received his bachelor’s degree in choral music education at Bowling Green State University in 2008. Alex has been the All-State Choir Chair for Ohio, has been on the board of the A Cappella Education Association, and is an educator at Camp A Cappella. He is a choral arranger and clinician and his work is sought after by many middle and high schools, colleges and professional groups around the country. His charts are featured on North Olmsted albums and other scholastic set lists and the recordings of many award-winning a cappella groups. His charts have received the honor of acceptance onto many Varsity Vocals “Best of High School A Cappella” albums, including his arrangements of “Solitary Shell” by Dream Theater, “Parachute” by Ingrid Michaelson and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. His charts have been nominated for and have received many Contemporary A Cappella Recording Association (CARA) awards. As an arranger for Alfred publications, his chart “Dynamite” was nominated for the “Best High School Song” award and sold thousands of copies in its first year. Alex lives in Lorain with his wife Kaila and son Maximus.