Allesha Shumway graduated with her Bachelors degree in Music Education from Northern Arizona University. She taught for ten years as a choir teacher in Gilbert Public Schools at both Junior High and High School levels. In her time at GPS, she began and organized the annual Gilbert District Junior High Choir Festival and her choirs received Superior ratings at multiple festivals and performed at many community events.
Beyond her school position, Allesha has also conducted church and large community choirs and orchestras that have performed at locations such as the Mesa Arts Center and Gammage Auditorium at ASU. She has also worked with children’s choirs in both the community and at church. She herself is an accomplished singer and has won awards in NATS competitions and has performed in musicals and operas. She has taught private voice and piano lessons for over ten years to all ages and also plays the cello and guitar.
Allesha has served in leadership positions in the AZ American Choral Director’s Association and organized and ran conferences and festivals for the state of Arizona. She is frequently asked to judge both regionals and all-state auditions.
This past year she stepped away from teaching full time to focus attention on her beautiful new baby daughter, but continued to participate in the music community as a Regionals judge, and works in her church with youth groups and choirs. She also loved getting to work with the Desert Ridge Junior High choirs as a choreographer.
She is so excited to be a part of Sing School with so many fabulous young singers and looks forward to an amazing year!
Missy Gardiner received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from ASU. She has been teaching piano and voice lessons for more than 35 years. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. Missy successfully completed Kodaly Level 1 at ASU School of Music. She has spent most of her life volunteering as a music director and choir director for her church and rehearsing and accompanying soloists, and small ensembles for worship services. Her favorite church responsibility has been sharing her talents with the young children teaching them to sing and helping them learn gospel songs. Missy has soloed with the Mesa Symphony both as a vocalist and pianist. She sang as a soloist with the Arizona Mormon Choir and with the Citrus Heights Stake Choir “Saints and Pioneers” program as well as their Annual Messiah Sing-Along. Missy performed with the BYU Young Ambassadors for two years traveling to India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti as well as the western United States. She has sung with the Grand Chorus of the Millennial Choral Organization for 3 years as well as the Resonance Vocal Ensemble. In 2008 she was the national winner of the American Mothers Inc. Vocal Competition. She was born and raised in Mesa where she and her husband chose to raise their family of 9 children.
Jamie Law received her Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Arizona University, specializing in the arts of Choral Education. She has been teaching private voice, piano, and music lessons in her home for over 7 years. Jamie is currently substitute teaching at Heritage Academy in Mesa, Arizona, helping in all the arts departments. In 2018, Jamie was a hired Musical Director for Barry Goldwater High School’s musical performance of The Addams Family the Musical, helping with ensemble and lead rolls staging, vocal coaching, and musical technique. Jamie has also been an accompanist for many opportunities throughout the community, but more recently for American Leadership Academy for their Christmas Concert in San Tan, Arizona.
Jamie has participated in many elite choirs, specifically 3 years of Regional Honor Choir and 2 years of All State Choirs throughout High School. Once at Northern Arizona University, she participated in Chamber, Women’s, and Shrine of the Ages Choirs, under the direction of Ryan Holder and Edith Copley. In 2009, Jamie was honorably mentioned for the Division 1W solo competition for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Jamie is active in teaching children in her church responsibilities and active in her church choir. She also has a deep love for her three children and her hunky husband-they are her true joys. Jamie has a secret passion for pizza, loves to serve people unconditionally, and truly has such a passion for teaching music.