James Heiks - Young Men's Chorus
James Heiks, who teaches singers in the Young Men's Chorus, taught choral music in the Appleton, Wisconsin public schools for 30 years. During those years he started a men's singing movement in the high schools resulting in Varsity Men's Choruses of 80-90 voices in each school. He is also a founder of the Appleton Boychoir, which was established in 1979.
In 1987 he led the Appleton Boychoir on a Mission of Peace to the former Soviet Union. In 1997, he received the Kohl Fellowship for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching from US Senator Herb Kohl, and was nominated for Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. In 1998 he was awarded Outstanding Teacher in Wisconsin by Lawrence University. His high school choirs have won critical acclaim for their compact disc recordings, and are featured along with choirs form around the globe on the Best of High School A Cappella CD released in 2003 by Varsity Vocals.
From 2004-2007 he served as associate professor of music at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana where he directed the Goshen College Choral and Men's Chorus. Since 2007 he has served as Fine Arts Coordinator for the Appleton Public Schools, and adjunct professor of music at Lawrence University.