This Year's Clinicians

Clinician Bio: Choir

Marguerite Samuel

Marguerite Samuel is a singer and conductor with an unwavering love for excellent music making. She earned a Bachelor in Music Education, emphasis in voice, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Andrews University. In 2011, she completed 5 years of teaching voice, choirs, and strings at Great Lakes Adventist Academy in Cedar Lake, Michigan. She is also the director of the Pioneer Memorial Church Sanctuary Choir and the co-founder and director of Journey Ministries--a volunteer singing group comprised of university students and alumni--at Andrews University.



Clinician Bio: Band

Byron Graves

Byron Graves conducts the Andrews University Wind Symphony and is responsible for teaching music education courses for the music teacher certification program. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he held K-12 teaching positions in band, handbells, and general music at Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Cedar Lake Elementary School, and Union Springs Academy. His ensembles have traveled extensively around the United States, and have won awards for their outstanding performances. He has also served as a clinician and guest conductor for band and handbell festivals around the country.

Mr. Graves obtained his masters degree in instrumental conducting from Central Michigan University, and undergraduate degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Andrews University. He has completed doctoral coursework at Boston University and is currently working on his dissertation. He firmly believes that music brings you closer to God in a way nothing else can.

In addition to music, Mr. Graves also enjoys an active lifestyle of backpacking, mountaineering, mountain biking, running, and canoeing. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jenni, and together they chase around their very active son, Asher.