Dr. Jonathan Ledger, originally from Pennington Gap, Virginia, has just completed his fourth year as Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director at University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, Arkansas, where he conducted Chamber Singers, the university’s premiere auditioned touring ensemble, and taught various lecture courses for the Music Department. During his time at Ozarks, Dr. Ledger greatly increased student participation in choral ensembles and applied lessons and also resurrected a touring tradition that had disappeared from the university for a decade.
In 2017, he conducted the first performance of movements from Handel’s Messiah with orchestra on campus in approximately 25 years. Jonathan earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Alabama in 2015.
During his final year of doctoral studies, Jonathan served as conductor of University Chorus, leading the ensemble in its first appearance at Alabama Honor Choir, in addition to other major performances. In spring 2014, he served as sabbatical replacement for the Director of Choral Activities and conducted University Singers, the premiere choral ensemble at Alabama, in addition to teaching undergraduate conducting for two years. Jonathan holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia.
Before beginning doctoral studies at Alabama, Jonathan was Director of Choral Activities at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Virginia, from August 2008 through June 2011. At Osbourn, he conducted five choirs, taught music theory and history, and served as the music director of the spring musical each year. While in Bowling Green, Jonathan conducted Collegiate Chorale and the University Men’s Chorus in performances on campus and on national tours.
Dr. Amy Prickett
Director of Choral Operations
Amy Prickett is a gifted soprano who has performed as a guest artist with the Arkansas Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Adrian Symphony, St. Clair Symphony, Calvin College Oratorio Society, North East Texas Symphony, and Oregon Bach Festival.
Amy appeared as the soprano soloist in performances of Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was a frequent soloist with the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, singing Bach masterworks including St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, and Magnificat.
Equally at home in operatic roles, Amy has sung the roles of Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Lola in Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Elisetta in Cimarosa’s Secret Marriage.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Christian University, a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Michigan State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama.
Amy has been teaching voice for over twenty years to students ranging in age and ability level. She has taught elementary, middle school and high school students as well as college majors and adults with a variety of vocal backgrounds. Although her focus is mainly on classical repertoire, many of her students sing other styles of music as well. Amy’s focus as a teacher is to provide her students with a foundation for healthy singing.
Amy has previously served on the faculties at Weatherford College, Huntington University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Mississippi State University. She has also taught for schools in a variety of school districts, including Birdville and Arlington, as well as private schools, including The Oakridge School.
Amy lives in Fort Worth where she teaches Music Theory and AP Music Theory at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and serves as Production and Operations Assistant. She maintains small studios at the TCU School of Music Preparatory Division and Tarrant County College (Northeast campus). She loves being part of FWAFA’s outstanding program and teaching enthusiastic students!
Born in the region of Transcarpathia in the Ukraine, Syuzanna was brought up in a Hungarian environment in a family of musicians. Her musical education began at the early age of five. Over the years, Syuzanna has appeared in many leading concert stages, most notably at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and Chapell of Bond Street in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Plus, Flagey in Brussels, Ehrbar Saal in Vienna, the Colony Hall of National Philharmonic in the Ukraine, Petit Palau in Barcelona, Sala Sao Paolo in Brazil amongst many others.
Syuzanna is a graduate of the National Music Academy of Ukraine where she studied under the Honoured artist of Ukraine prof.Valery Kozlov. She then continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, with the Head of Keyboard Department and a renowned British pianist Graham Scott. Syuzanna was one of the two winners of the prestigious ABRSM Scholarship for the year of 2011-2013 that kindly supported her Master of Music Degree Programme studies at the RNCM. In earlier years Ms.Kaszo has also benefited from support of the Barbara Silverstone Bursary, the F W Wright Scholarship.
During her studies in the UK, Syuzanna has won many awards, including the Beethoven Performance Prize, Concerto Performance Prize and Bakszt Memorial Prize for performance of Chopin at the RNCM and a 4th prize at the Sheepdrove International Piano competition (UK).
Her latest international competition successes and appearances included a victory at the XVI Stefano Marizza Piano Prize during October 2012 in Trieste, Italy, a Bridgewater Hall performance at the “Reflections on Debussy” festival, organized in collaboration with the RNCM and under the leadership of Noriko Ogawa, and a performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto with RNCM SO under the baton of Gergely Madaras earlier that Year.
Other competition awards include first prize at the A. Zatin International Piano Competition and the Grand Prix at the XXIst Century Hopes International Competition in the Ukraine. Syuzanna was also awarded a Medal in the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona.
Notable Festival appearances count the Judith Weir, Steve Reich, Watford and Newbury Spring Festivals in the UK, Zemplen and Bartok Festival in Hungary, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Tbilisobo in Georgia, the Pianotexas Music Academy and Festival supported by Cliburn Foundation in Forth Worth.
Through her performing career Syuzanna has collaborated with many major orchestras in the Ukraine, such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, EstradnoSymphonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk Philharminic Orchestra, Uzhorod Camerata, Harmonia Nobile under conductors Volodimir Sirenko, Mykola Sukach, Victor Zdorenko, Anatoly Zatin and Natalia Ponomarchuk among others.
Syuzanna participated in masterclass workshops under MariaJoao Pires, Zoltan Kocsis, Andras Schiff, John O’Conor, Malcolm Bilson, Ilana Vered, Vladimir Viardo, Vladimir Krainev, Bernd Geotzke, Steven Osborne, Gary Hoffman and Michel Beroff among others.
Syuzanna is an eager chamber musician and often appears on stage with singers and various chamber ensembles.
As of August 2016 Syuzanna has joined the outstanding music department of Texas Christian University on their Artist Diploma program where she continues her artistic development under the mentorship of Dr.Tamas Ungar.
Stevie Rae Krieger
Production and Operations Assistant
Stevie Rae Krieger is a talented recording and mixing audio engineer based here in DFW. Obsessed with all things voice, she took her studies to the University of Arlington and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Audio Production. She has recorded and mixed audio books, demo reels, radio edits, music albums, and choral concerts. She had the greatest opportunity to study under famed DFW based Dragon Ball Z composer and engineer Bruce Faulconer, who also taught her to record live international interviews and voice actor workshops.
A choir nerd to her core, Stevie Rae has been involved choral music since childhood. She is a gifted soprano, who has used her knowledge and experience to help train students of various musical talent in voice as well as piano through private lessons and being a section leader across choirs. A product of the great choral directors she has been blessed with, she is passionate and eager to share any skills she has learned to any student.
She currently serves as the Production and Operations Assistant for the FWAFA Music Department. Stevie Rae has always maintained that being part of a choir is like being part of a family, and she is happy to have joined the FWAFA family!