Isaac Cates - Guest clinician
Isaac Cates began singing and playing the piano at age four and started composing as a teenager. While a student at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, he arranged spirituals, composed original chorales and set sacred text. Currently, Cates is in demand as a choral clinician and music educator throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to his leadership at music seminars, he is also a prolific producer, Music educator and recording artist. Isaac is a gifted pianist and vocal arranger, sought after for his vocal coaching expertise. He has a unique ability to blend genres, utilizing different musical techniques such as bel canto style with speech level singing. His original composition, "Strong Tower", is sung and translated in over 17 different countries languages. Firmly rooted in both gospel and classical training, Isaac combines soulful harmonies, polyphonic rhythms and dazzling piano accompaniments to create his trademark sound.
Trey McLaughlin - Guest clinician
("Opus 3 Artists", Exclusive Artist Representative)
Trey M. McLaughlin is a passionate vocalist, educator, composer, arranger, and clinician. Known for fusing together an eclectic mix of musical genres, he arranges and performs original works with his own touring and recording ensemble, The Sounds of Zamar. Trey currently serves as Director of Worship and Arts at Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia, and is the Artistic Director of the non‐profit performing arts youth group, Creative Impressions, of which he was once a member and Student Director. Trey serves as adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching graduate level courses in conducting, vocal technique, composition, arranging, and piano.
Born in Augusta, GA, Trey M. McLaughlin graduated from the John S. Davidson Magnet School in 2002. He attended Columbus State University (The Schwob School of Music) in Columbus, GA, during which he was a member of its University Singers and Chorale, and placed second and third in Georgia’s College NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Competition for two consecutive years. Trey is a member and past president of the professional music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and he is a former director of G.E.N.E.S.I.S., the Columbus State University Gospel Choir. Trey graduated from Columbus State University in May of 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Performance Degree with emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy.
In 2014, Trey had the honor of conducting a Master Class and performing at the L’Opéra de Massy in Massy, France. In October of 2015, Trey conducted a 300‐voice choir in Krakow, Poland as the guest clinician of the annual 7x Festival. Locally, he often services as guest clinician for Honor Choruses throughout the state of Georgia.
As a performer, composer, clinician, educator, and mentor, Trey McLaughlin is an ambassador for the Augusta Arts community. His international, national and local work provides rich cultural and artistic experiences for all of whom he encounters.
Karen and her husband, Oswald own Burke Music Inc., a Gospel music company which also offers production and publishing services, consulting and choral workshops. In 1988, Karen co-founded the Toronto Mass Choir; a gospel choir and continues to serve as its principal director. She runs the choir with her husband, Oswald Burke, developing the choir’s touring schedules and choral arrangements. Since its inception, she has also written many original songs for the choir’s recordings. Karen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from McMaster University and a Master of Education degree from York University.
Following a twelve-year stint as a high school music teacher, Burke became a Professor in the music department at York University in 2005, teaching music education and musicianship courses and developing the first post-secondary gospel music curricular courses in Canada including the York University Gospel Choir. Her busy music career continues as a guest speaker and conductor, songwriter and clinician offering gospel music workshops for many organizations both in Canada and overseas including the Ontario Music Educators Association (OMEA), the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Burke has also spearheaded other initiatives to share gospel music with the community such as the City Youth Gospel Project.
Corey Butler is the Founder and Artistic Director of Zamar Music Productions Inc., a multifaceted music arts organization committed to impacting communities through music art education, music mentorship and music art performance and production. He served as the Musical Director of the Juno Award winning Toronto Mass Choir for over 10 years. Butler has written songs with Grammy Award winning Hall of Fame inductee Carvin Winans and has played with some of the finest musicians and singers in Toronto including the incomparable, Jackie Richardson.
Corey is also a music professor in the Music Industry Arts Performance (MIAP) program at Centennial College and the accompanist and Musical Director of the York University Gospel Choir at York University. He continues to make a mark on the music industry in Canada having produced the Toronto Mass Choir’s first Christmas album, “A Christmas Gift”, and their most recent album, “By Special Request”.
In addition to his skills as a piano player, musical director and producer, Butler also regularly conducts a 50+ piece symphony orchestra that has played moving compositions by himself and others from around the world such as Camp Kirkland. You can also hear some of his compositions on some of the recording he's produced.
To that end he has gained a reputation in that arena and is affectionately called 'The Maestro'.
"Engaging, professional, entertaining and memorable..."
These words embody the versatility Ryan Chung offers on & off the stage. Being inspired by Master T of Much Music at a very young age, Ryan launched his career in pursuit of being a Television Video Jockey and producer.
He began MC'ing local events & talent shows around the Greater Toronto Area before going after his dream by applying to Centennial College for Broadcasting in Television, Radio & Film. With a push from his friends in seeing the talent within him, he was featured in the 2009 MuchMusic VJ Search.
This opportunity was a springboard to career opportunities with MTV Canada & Corus Entertainment working in the fields of production and Digital Content.
Ryan currently acts as the Digital Coordinator for G98.7FM Radio in Toronto, Canada alongside producing and hosting '100% Canadian' which you can hear on Monday nights from 7pm to 9pm. Beyond radio, Ryan has endeavoured in acting, where you can see him on the silver screen in Television & Commercials.
He has been married to his beautiful wife Michelle since November 2018.