James Knapp, Artistic Director
With 30 years of choral conducting experience with colleges, churches and community choruses, James Knapp is now in his fifth season leading the Denver Gay Men's Chorus to greater levels of artistic and musical excellence. James, who is the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Bayou City Performing Arts, guided the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, the Bayou City Women's Chorus and the Bayou City Chorale for eight years with tremendous success. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Fredonia State University, a diploma from the Mozarteum Conservatory of Music in Salzburg and a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin.
His choirs have appeared at regional conventions such as the American Choral Director's Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association. They have also appeared with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in the Palace of St Petersburg Chamber Music Festival in Russia. Additionally, he conducted the featured choir at the International Church Music Festival in Coventry, England with Sir David Willcocks.
Sam Eschliman, Assistant Director
Sam Eschliman is studying for his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at University of Northern Colorado. Previously, he was the Coordinator of Children and Youth Music at St Andrew UMC. A Nebraska native, he received his bachelors degree in music education from Doane University. Since his undergraduate studies, Sam has been directing choirs of all ages in schools and churches. He is excited to be in his second season with the Denver Gay Men's Chorus, and directing Off Kilter.
Ricki Moyer, Principal Accompanist
Ricki Moyer attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, then received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She went on to receive her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance, with minor emphases in choral conducting and piano pedagogy. She was the Director of Music at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver, where she directed two weekly adult choirs as well as the Voices of Park Hill, which sings for special occasions throughout the year. Ricki also serves as the Artistic Director for the Metropolitan Choral Festival.