Gregory Cleveland – Director
Greg Cleveland is in his 23rd year teaching vocal music at Walled Lake Western High School. He teaches six choirs, plus conducts the Huge Men’s Choir and the Europe Tour Choir. He taught previously at Clawson High School as well as in Hitachi, Japan, where he met his wife. Greg holds degrees in Vocal Music Education and in Music Theory and History from Seattle Pacific University, as well as a Masters Degree in Vocal Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. He has also been a guest lecturer in music education at Marion College, Marygrove College and the University of Michigan.
Mr. Cleveland was selected by his administration both at Walled Lake Western and at Clawson as Teacher of the Year, a total of three times. Then, he was honored in 2002 by his MSVMA colleagues as the Michigan Vocal Music Teacher of the Year. He has served the MSVMA as a District Manager, a State Supervisor, directed the Summer Workshop at MSU and currently serves on the Adjudication Board. He has served the American Choral Directors Association as the Male Chorus representative for Michigan as well as the Central Division. He has conducted the MSVMA TTBB State Honors Choir in 2000 and 2008 and most recently conducted the SATB State Honors Choir in 2012.
The Walled Lake Western choirs have performed at the Michigan Music Conference three different times. The Chamber Singers were chosen in 2000 as the Outstanding Choir of the Year from the MSVMA State Choir Festival. The Chamber Singers, Troubadours and Serenade have been selected to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival 18 times.
While at Western, Mr. Cleveland’s choirs have toured and performed in Chicago, Toronto and New York City. Bi-yearly, they tour Europe and have performed in cathedrals, theaters and at competitions in Austria, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland, the Czech Republic and will again be traveling to Italy in 2014 for a performance at St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, in Rome, as well as concerts in Florence, Orvietto and Venice.
Greg and his wife, Peggy, have three wonderful daughters and now, a great new son-in-law. Bethany & Jordan, Emily and Hannah. They are truly his support and inspiration over the years.
Donna Gleason – Accompanist & Coach
Donna has been the accompanist for choirs at Western for over 12 years now. Along, with accompanying the choirs and ensembles, she also coaches and plays for soloists at both district and state level Solo and Ensemble festival. During the last 6 years she has been the vocal director and a part of our creative team for our musicals. Starting with Les Miserables (twice), then The Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol – the musical (three times), Into The Woods, Annie, Hairspray and The PHANTOM of the OPERA are shows that Donna has given her all to.
Donna assists Mr. Cleveland each Monday night with both Serenade and the Troubadours. These two advanced level ensembles enjoy having Mrs. Gleason’s touch on their group!
Mrs. Gleason is the director of the Livonia Civic Chorus. She also assists with a praise team and music at The Lakes Community Church where she and her husband Mark are members. Both Donna and Mark travel with us on our international choir tours, along with Mrs. Gleason’s many trips to New York City. She’s always good for some yummy, diverse food, a great musical production, a fascinating museum or anything thing else that sounds fun and interesting.
She has a degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Maryland, although much of her work was completed at the University of Kansas. Donna and Mark have one married son and daughter-in-law, as well as a daughter, Shanon, who passed away in July of 2007. In 2012 she became the proud grandmother of their first grandchild, who lives in Texas, but she regularly keeps her eye on her, via Granny-Cam.