898 West 1100 South
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
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It didn't take long for the choirs to first rise to prominense when Greg Duffin, ALA's first choir director, took the stand. During those years Greg built a strong choral program which produced Superior rankings at State Music Festivals.
In 2006, when Greg started the program, there were merely a dozen men and a couple dozen women. From there, the program continued to grow in both the junior and senior high programs.
Greg was a vetran performer. He can be seen both on stage in theatrical productions as well as in the orchestral pit. His educational roots are in both choral cunducting and orchestral
ALA students and community alike were fortunate to have him in their historical roots. Greg resides in our community and remains teaching choral music.
ALA was interested in finding a show choir educator to add to the choral excellence it currently upheld. They found the program’s current teacher, Rick Lunt, not far from ALA’s campus.
Rick made the difficult decision to leave a thriving choral program locally at Spanish Fork High School. After eight years, both his concert and show choirs were receiving Grand Champion locally and nationally. Leaving a tough-to-beat show choir program, one of the only competitive ones in Utah, was difficult.
Though it may have been a struggle transferring schools in the same community, in the Fall of 2008, Rick began teaching all of the choirs here at ALA. But for the ALA community, it turned out that his arrival was exactly what the choral program needed. His spirits soared as he had strong support from the administration.
Since coming on board, Lunt has refocused and re-energized the choir program. Today, with close to 250 students in six groups, the choir program is now the single largest school activity on campus with one out of every four students at ALA taking part.
Possibly, the biggest change he made after arriving on campus was to turn ALA’s choir program into a competitive force. During its first year, Evolution had ten boys and sixteen girls. Their eyes were open as they went to their first competition. Currently, five years later, Evolution, consisting of 50 singers, 13 band members, and 10 technicians, has qualified twice to participate in the Show Choir National Championship Series in Chicago.
An experienced veteran of show choir competitions, Lunt began entering competitions throughout the United States. ALA choirs have competed in California, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, and in Chicago at Nationals.
At a competition in California, a judge, a choral educator from Utah State University, said, “ALA Choirs are Utah’s best kept secret!” He stated, “Simply put, ALA choirs are implausible!”
In seven years under Rick Lunt’s guidance, the American Leadership Academy choirs have won Grand Champion, placed in finals, and received several “Best in Category” recognitions, continuing a fine tradition of excellence built over the past ten years since ALA's first year.