Glacier Symphony & Chorale Board
The GSC Board has up to 24 directors, as one representative each from the orchestra, chorale, and league of the GSC for a total of up to 27 votes. The Executive Director, Music Director, and Chorale Director are considered non-voting members of the Board of Directors. The board meets monthly, generally on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00 pm. The board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please check with the GSC office to confirm the date, time, and location of the meeting.
Julie Moffitt, President
Dr. Jon Johnson, Vice President
Lucy Smith, Secretary
Bill Burg, Treasurer
Ginnie Cronk, Executive Committee
Jim Lehner, Executive Committee
B.J. Lupton, Executive Committee
Dr. John Andenoro
Micah Hunter, Chorale Director, Non-Voting
John Zoltek, Music Director, Non-Voting
Past Board Presidents
The GSC honors the tremendous contribution of the past Presidents of the Board of Directors, who worked tirelessly to help create the wonderful organization we have today. Thanks to those who chose to take on the responsibility of serving their community.
1983-1985 – Gabe Perjessy, Kalispell
1985-1986 – Hi Gibson, Kalispell
1986-1988 – Mike Fraser, Kalispell
1988-89/90-91 – Dean Nelson, Kalispell
1989-1990 – Charlotte Higgs, Kalispell
1991-1992 – Kathy McDevitt, Kalispell
1992-1994 – Steve Cummings, Kalispell
1994-1996 – Eric Kaplan, Kalispell
1996-1997 – Ed Jasmin, Kalispell
1997-1998 – Martha Groenke, Bigfork
1998-2001 – Joan Pfuhl, Bigfork
2001-2003 – Jean Hagen, Bigfork
2003-2005 – Jim Strainer, Bigfork
2005-2007 – Mark Kirk, Bigfork
2007-2009 – B.J. Carlson, Kalispell
2009-2011 – Margaret Baird, Lakeside
2011-2013 – Maureen Hathaway, Somers
2013-2015- B.J. Lupton, Kalispell
2015-present – Jim Lehner, Kalispell
Micah Hunter - CHORALE DIRECTOR
Micah Hunter serves as the conductor of the Glacier Chorale and the Glacier Chamber Singers. In addition to his work with the GSC, Micah is also a full time music teacher at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, where he has served since 2006 as the Director of Choirs and elementary general music teacher in addition to teaching a college-preparatory course called Music Theory, History, and Literature, private voice lessons, and developing and supervising various independent study and online courses in music. Micah is also the chairperson of the annual Stillwater Music Festival; an invitational music festival for school and home school bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists from Montana, Idaho, and Washington. His choirs are regularly seen performing throughout the community in addition to their regular concert schedules. Micah also works at Flathead Lake Music Camp every summer as a choir director and voice teacher. Micah and his wife Rachel are active in music leadership in their church, and share a passion for the health and vitality of sacred music in the Christian tradition. Together, they operate a ministry to local churches which offers training in music theory, history, philosophy, and practice to church musicians, clergy, and lay people.
Micah grew up in Hot Springs, Montana and attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman, studying voice and conducting primarily under Lowell Hickman. He also studied conducting under Lisa Hunter and served as assistant conductor of the University Chorus under Jon Harney. Micah graduated in 2006 with the Bachelor of Music Education degree. Micah’s graduate school experience has been widely varied, combining online, distance, and residential summer work from Boston University, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and Canyon College, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in music education in 2007. His research focused on cadential function and its relationship to harmony and voice leading in the unaccompanied choral works of Eric Whitacre. Micah entered the Doctor of Sacred Music degree program at the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana in 2008, graduating with distinction in 2011 under the mentorship of Brian Taylor. Micah also holds the Master of Church Music in choral conducting from Pensacola Theological Seminary.
Executive Director - Lance bendiksen
Executive Director Lance Bendiksen’s career started as a pianist in New York City where he performed as a Baldwin Concert Artist on the roster with Leonard Bernstein. He launched his executive career by founding the National Homeward Foundation that raised money for charities throughout the country. Th e program produced a series of concerts that culminated with a performance at Carnegie Hall. Bendiksen then became the GM at Avalanche Studios where he worked with famed recording artist Sarah McLachlan and had his hand in Frank Sinatra’s last album “Duets.” Over the years Bendiksen has worked as a producer, composer, and executive with large corporations ranging from NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS-TV to Sony, Arista, Columbia and RCA records. He won an Emmy for the PBS-TV show LifeWise and his clients, The Fray, received a Grammy nomination for their hit song “How to Save a Life.” Bendiksen looks forward to an inspiring journey with the Glacier Symphony and considers it a great honor to serve the community as its new Executive Director.
Alice Cabell - Patron Services Manager
Alice Cabell hails from the South by way of the East Coast but is practically a Montana native by now. She raised her son and daughter in Washington DC and Philadelphia before making her way to NW Montana in the mid-1990’s. She is an expert in all things beautiful and creative, from the arts to gardening to entrepreneurship. Alice spent her early years in Real Estate sales, marketing and communications, as a corporate trainer, and as a successful event planner for nonprofit fundraising. She has served on the board of the North Valley Music School and worked with the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation, and is a member of the Crown of the Continent Choir. She is also a three-time business owner, artist, and active community member committed to bringing you the very best arts experiences in the valley. She is thrilled to be joining the Glacier Symphony and Chorale team as Patrons Services Manager. Alice resides in Whitefish.
Susan Estes - Patron Services Manager
Bio coming soon