This Year's Clinicians

Choir Clinician Bio

Carrie Vandenburgh

Carrie VanDenburgh, soprano, is a California native who grew up in a musical family, studying piano and violin from an early age.  Although she loved to sing and grew up singing in choirs, she never thought it was something she would pursue until her high school choir teacher gave her a solo.  Following her graduation from high school, Carrie studied with Dr. Genevieve Kibble at Pacific Union College for two years before transferring to Andrews University to study under the tutelage of Mr. Stephen Zork.  Carrie completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2000 and obtained her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2002, both from Andrews University.  


Carrie has been the soloist for Bach’s Magnificat, John Rutter’s Gloria, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, played a role in the musical Godspell, and was Julie in the musical Carousel and Marian Paroo in The Music Man with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra.  Mrs. VanDenburgh was also a winner in the Young Artist Competition, 2000 and 2001. 


She has taught at Bridgman High School as the choral director and at Lake Michigan College where she taught aural comprehension, music theory, and voice lessons.   


Currently, Carrie VanDenburgh is presently serving her eighth year as the choir teacher at Berrien Springs Middle and High School, where she teaches seven ensembles. Her choirs continually receive Superior ratings at the district and state levels and have traveled and performed in New York, Washington DC, and Walt Disney World.  She was selected as the MSVMA Honors Choir Director for 7-8-9 SSA Choir for January 2019.  She currently is the Choir Director at Harbert Community Church as well.  She is also part of The Three Divas of Southwest Michigan a group that uses their background in opera, musical theatre and jazz to entertain the Southwest Michigan area.


Carrie lives in St. Joseph with her amazing and supportive husband, David VanDenburgh, her two boys Jakob and Joshua, and their dog Marlow.  She also loves and enjoys the beauty of Lake Michigan, and she and her family enjoy sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding on Lake Michigan.



Band Clinician Bio

Robert Leal

Robert Leal is an enthusiastic Adventist educator currently serving as the IT Direcotr, Band Director, and teacher at Indiana Academy. After graduating from Valley Grande Adventist Academy in 1986, Mr. Leal enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served for 22 years as a military musician and band conductor. He has a B.S. in Secondary Education, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and is currently completing a Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He is married to Gracie Segovia Leal and they have three wonderful children (Jessica, Chloe', and Elijah). Most importantly, Mr. Leal wants to share his love of Christ with others. He believes God has given us the great gift of choice and he wants to choose to serve Him every day.


Handbell Clinician Bio

Andrew Lay

Andrew S. Lay currently serves as Director of Development/Alumni Coordinator at Highland View Academy, Hagerstown, Maryland.  Prior to that he worked at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in both marketing, development, and customer service, Indiana Academy in a variety of roles, and Modesto Adventist Academy (now Central Valley Christian Academy).

He is an accomplished fundraiser who specializes in building donor relationships that increase annual fund gifts using innovative strategies to implement fundraising programs in academia, the arts, and church organizations. He leverages multiple, creative approaches and events to solicit gifts and develop original ensembles and programs. Also, he appreciates opportunities to adapt to new cultural situations and enjoys interacting with colleagues and constituents. 

Mr. Lay holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Fund Raising School, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, at Indiana University; a MM in Choral Conducting from Andrews University; and a BM Music Education from Atlantic Union College, MA. 

When not working, he enjoys reading, music, and spending time with his family which includes his wife Colleen, a math/science teacher at HVA and his mother-in-law-Sharon Thompson.