Idaho International Choral Festival
Idaho International Choral Festival

Vernae Buck, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Vernae Buck received a B.A. in music from Idaho State University in 1997. While studying music at ISU, she traveled to England, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria as a member of the ISU Chamber Choir.

She received a M.M. in vocal performance at the University of Idaho in 2005 where she taught private voice and class voice as a graduate student. She has sung in several solo recitals and has performed with the Idaho Falls Opera Theatre. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member in the ISU music department teaching Introduction to Music.

Vernae Buck

She is the co-founder and organizer of the Idaho International Choral Festival that takes place in Pocatello, Idaho biannually and currently serves as the Executive Director for the festival. Her responsibilities include the recruitment of choirs from around the world. She is a past President of the Pocatello Music Club, which is a local chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 2003 she received the Community Service Award from the Pocatello Music Club for outstanding community service through music excellence.

Dr. Scott Anderson, Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Scott Anderson is the Director of Choral Activities at Idaho State University a position he also held from 1992-2003. Dr. Anderson conducts the ISU Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Camerata Singers, Portneuf Singers and teaches Choral Conducting and voice.

While at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2003-2005), Dr. Anderson was the Raymond Neevel/Missouri Endowed Professor of Choral Music, where he led the graduate Choral Conducting program and conducted the Conservatory Chamber Choir. Dr. Anderson's research into the movement theories of Rudolf von Laban and Jacques-Emile Dalcroze served as the focus of a unique and individualized approach to choral conducting.

Dr. Scott Anderson


Choirs under Dr. Anderson's direction have traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. As Director of Choral Music at Idaho State University, Dr. Anderson has led the Idaho State University Chamber Choir and Camerata Singers on performance tours of Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Brazil, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Spain and Portugal.

Dr. Anderson also serves as the Artistic Director and is the co-founder of the Idaho International Choral Festival. He has served the American Choral Directors Association in state, divisional, and national offices, and has been featured as guest conductor, lecturer and teacher throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Anderson received Idaho State University's "Master Teacher" and "Outstanding Public Service" awards in 1995, 1996 and 1999.