Bryan Poyzer is currently Program Coordinator of the Performing Arts at North Dakota State College of Science. His current duties include teaching music theory, aural skills, applied lessons, and music appreciation. He also directs the NDSCS Concert Choir and Wildcat Singers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal/instrumental music education from Valley City State University, a master’s degree in education from the University of St. Thomas, and a master’s degree in music education from North Dakota State University.
Mr. Poyzer has taught music for 26 years including 14 in the West Central Area School District-MN. He was named his district’s Teacher of the Year in 2001 and 2008. His choirs have performed at Downtown Disney, Give Kids the World, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Grand Ole Opry, St. John’s the Divine Cathedral, the Statue of Liberty, and a spontaneous performance at Carnegie Hall. His choirs have also performed the national anthem for the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves and FM Redhawks. As a performer, Bryan sings with the MState Master Chorale, plays alto sax with the Lakes Area All Stars, and plays bass guitar with “The Components.”
Bryan has hosted a junior high choir festival every year since 2008 and is very active as a guest clinician and adjudicator in the region. He is a member of ACDA, NDMEA, MNMEA, and the Elbow Lake Lions. He was honored in 2017 with the NDSCS Excellence in Teaching Award. Bryan lives in Elbow Lake MN with his wife, Jessica, and their four children. He is a frequent ebayer and has a large toy collection from the 1970s.
Real Men Sing! 2018 Director
Dr. Dean Jilek, Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Dakota, conducts the Concert Choir and Varsity Bards, and teaches courses in choral conducting, choral literature and vocal methods. He also serves as the artistic director of the Grand Forks Chorale and Master Chorale. Dean earned his Doctorate of Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas where he studied with Jerry McCoy and Richard Sparks. Dean received his Master of Choral Conducting and Literature from North Dakota State University and earned his undergraduate degree in vocal education from Dickinson State University in North Dakota.
Dr. Jilek’s experience in conducting includes the Vancouver Professional Chamber Choir Symposium where he studied under Jon Washburn, and the International Conducting Workshop Festival in Bulgaria, where Dean focused on orchestral conducting.
Prior to his university position, Dean’s teaching career encompassed k-12 education with short tenures in North Dakota at the Hazen School District and Dickinson Trinity High School, as well as, the Mitchell School District in South Dakota. From 2004-2013, Dean was the Director of Choral Activities at Roseville Area High School in Minnesota. Under his direction, the school’s top mixed choir, Cantus Certus, was invited by blind audition to perform at the National ACDA Convention in Dallas (2013), Concordia College Choral Festival (2013), Luther College Dorian Vocal Festival (2013), Luther College Dorian Spring Choral Festival (2012), Minnesota MEA Convention (2012), Minnesota ACDA Choral Arts Finale (2011), Minnesota State ACDA Convention (2006, 2011). Dean is a sought after clinician and guest conductor in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas, and he served as the North Dakota Women’s All State Choir director in March 2015. He currently lives in Grand Forks with his wife Diane, daughters Clare, Gemma, Cecilia, and son Basil.