Kenneth Sieloff - Director of Choirs
Kenneth Sieloff is in his sixth year as a music educator in the state of Texas and currently serves as Head Choir Director at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Originally from Michigan, Mr. Sieloff earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Michigan where he studied voice with Professor Martha Sheil, and sang with a number of choral ensembles including the University Choir, Chamber Choir, and Men's Glee Club. In 2011, Mr. Sieloff competed in the American Choral Directors Association’s National Student Conducting Competition in Chicago, IL and won first place.
At Permian High School Mr. Sieloff directs Kantorei (Varsity Mixed), Cantus (Varsity Men), Panther Chorale (Non-Varsity Men), and Black Magic (Pop Ensemble). Ensembles under Mr. Sieloff’s leadership have consistently earned superior ratings and sweepstakes at UIL Choir Concert & Sightreading Evaluations. In 2015, Mr. Sieloff started an extracurricular men’s choir at Permian HS called “The Gents”. Since its inaugural year, the group has grown to over 50 singers who enjoy camaraderie and musical excellence, and who embody the strong morals and character traits of mature young men.
In 2017, Mr. Sieloff was named a “Young Director of Distinction” by the Texas Choral Directors Association. This award recognizes TCDA choral directors who have taught for seven years or less and achieved exceptional success in those years.
Mr. Sieloff also serves as Artist Director & Conductor of the Allegro Chorale, a semi-professional community chorus in Midland/Odessa. In his time with Allegro, the ensemble has nearly doubled in size and has performed 7 concerts. In addition to growing the size of the ensemble, Mr. Sieloff has proudly implemented a thriving scholarship program for college students who sing with the Chorale.
Mr. Sieloff has appeared as guest conductor with The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Symphony Orchestra, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, and in 2013 was invited to conduct a production of Stephen Sondheim’s American opera Sweeney Todd at Odessa College which featured Metropolitan Opera Baritone Gary Simpson.
Suvanna Lyon - Associate Director
Suvanna Lyon has been teaching in Texas for ten years, four of them at Permian High School as an associate director. Mrs. Lyon earned her Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Texas- El Paso where she studied voice with Carmen Diaz Walker. Though Mrs. Lyon has focused most of her career in working at the secondary level, she has experience in working with levels PK-12. Mrs. Lyon success in her career is obvious with the number of students that have received scholarships to various Universities, that have been successful at Texas State Solo and Ensemble, and that have succeeded in the All-State process. The choirs under Mrs. Lyon’s direction have continuously earned 1’s at the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading process.
Prior to placement at Permian High School, Mrs. Lyon worked at Uvalde Consolidated ISD. Along with working with and leading serval groups from 6th grade through 12th grade, she and her husband, Mark Lyon, were part of an outreach committee that provided opportunities to kids who were interested in Performance Arts to learn and participate in a summer camp named, the Summer Fine Arts Academy. There she helped influence and inspire students’ love for the performance arts by leading the vocalists in a new musical each summer. Mrs. Lyon proudly holds memberships with TMEA and TCDA. She is happily married to Mark Lyon. They are blessed to have a three-year old son, Michael and a six-month old daughter, Sarah.
Kara Kupecki - Associate Director
Kara Kupecki has been teaching in Texas for two years, and this is her first year at Permian High School as an associate director. Ms. Kupecki earned her Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado where she studied voice with William Wilson, and sang with a number of choral ensembles including the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Women's Glee Club, and University Choir.
At Permian High School, Ms. Kupecki assists with all ensembles and teaches AP Music Theory. This year Ms. Kupecki is starting an extracurricular women’s choir at Permian HS called “The Mojo Mousai”.