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Gunhild Carling Biography

Gunhild Carling (born 7 May 1975) is a Swedish Jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist.  She is famous for playing three trumpets at the same time.  Carling became known for her performance at Allsang pa Skansen on July 20, 2010. The same year, she became an expert commentator for Dansbandskampen at SVT. 

Gunhild plays trombone, bagpipes, trumpet, recorder and harp, and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance or singing lyrics.  Carling competed as a celebrity dancer on the popular Swedish Television Show Let's Dance 2014 on TV4 placing third.

In 2013, she performed with her 'Carling Big Band' at the Royal Palace in Stockholm in the celebration of King Carl XVI Gustaf's Ruby Jubilee.  Again in 2016, Carling performed at King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday celebration.

She is featured as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in several of Scott Bradlee'sPostModern Jukebox's adaptations of pop songs, including their version of Never Going to Give You Up, a 1920s jazz swing version of Material Girl, a vintage jazz version of Europe's The Final Countdown and a jazz cover of PharrelWilliams'  Happy.

 

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Kolby Van Camp Biography

Kolby Van Camp (b. 1999) is a composer, conductor, educator, and chorister native of Kansas. Van Camp began his extensive choral training and subsequent vocal career when he joined the internationally acclaimed Lawrence Children's Choir in 2007. During his six years with LCC (2007-2015), Van Camp worked under the direction of acclaimed educators Pam Bushouse, Carolyn Welch, and JanealKrehbiel.

After his time with LCC, Van Camp began singing with internationally acclaimed Allegro Choirs of Kansas City in 2015 until his graduation from high school in 2017. During his time singing with Allegro's premiere men's ensemble, Allegro con Spirito, Van Camp worked with also acclaimed educators Christy Elsner, Jacob Narverud, and Dr. Christopher Smith. Van Camp also sang with his homeschool premiere madrigal group, Deo Gloria, a component of his education in Cornerstone Family Schools, under the direction of Dorothy Iliff.

During Van Camp's senior year of high school, he sang with MidAmerica Nazarene University's top auditioned chamber group, Heritage Choir at the invitation of his mentor, Dr. Christopher Smith. Van Camp holds the distinct honor of making the ACDA National Honor Choir two times in a row, (2015, 2017) under the direction of Robert Shaw Award winning educator Dr. André Thomas and GRAMMY® Award winning conductor and composer Eric Whitacre, respectively. Van Camp's performance accolades include two concerts in the Carnegie Complex, one as a soloist and one as a chorister, The Mormon Tabernacle and the LDS Conference Center as a chorister, a tour of Italy with Allegro con Spirito, two performances with the GRAMMY® Award winning Minnesota Symphony as a chorister, and four back to back performances at regional and national ACDA conferences (2015-2018).
Van Camp now sings in Concert Choir , Kansas State University's top chamber ensemble under the direction of the internationally sought after Dr. Joshua Oppenheim. Van Camp began his undergraduate education at Kansas State in the fall of 2017 where he will graduate in 2022 with degrees in Music Education with a vocal/choral emphasis and Vocal Performance. Van Camp also studies voice with the GRAMMY® winning Dr. Bryan Pinkall at Kansas State.
Van Camp is an accomplished conductor, vocalist, and composer, having conducted and rehearsed an ensemble which took 1st place at the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) national competition (2016) and qualified but did not place in his second year as conductor (2017); he is also the back to back (2016, 2017) 1st place winner of the category "Male Vocal Solo" at the AACS national competition, and a Grand Prize winner of the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) where he made his debut as a soloist at the Weill Recital Hall in the Carnegie Complex in 2016. Van Camp was also a national quarter-semifinalist in the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competition during his freshman year where he represented Kansas State and Dr. Pinkall's voice studio.

Finally, Van Camp is an accomplished composer, recently becoming published through a private publishing organization, Petrucci Press. Van Camp points to the music of Jacob Narverud, Eric Whitacre, EriksEšenvalds, and Sergei Rachmaninoff as influence and inspiration for his own fresh compositional style. For more information on Van Camp, please visit his personal website here: www.kolbyvancamp.com

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