Ginger R Minneman, B.M.
Adjunct Instructor, Voice
Director, Women's Chorale
M242 Creative Arts Center
Soprano, Ginger Minneman conducts the Women’s Chorale and teaches Voice, Music of Western Cultures, Musicianship, and Class Piano at Wright State University. Ms. Minneman is originally from Eastern Kentucky; she moved to Dayton in 1997. She attended Murray State University and Campbellsville University for her bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis.
Ms. Minneman has served as a clinician and adjudicator at area events and worked in area schools as a choral director and music educator. March of 2014 marked Ms. Minneman's debut as an opera conductor in Wright State's production of The Magic Flute by Mozart. In addition to teaching, performing and conducting, she has enjoyed directing opera scenes from Die Fledermaus and The Pirates of Penzance. She served as guest conductor for the vocal ensemble MUSICA! during their 2011-2012 season and had the privilege of conducting the group in concert with the United States Air Force Band of Flight. Ms. Minneman appeared in concert with the Bach Society of Dayton this past October as soprano soloist. Her most recent performances include collaborating with organist Jerry Taylor in recital, the role of Levicy Hatfield in the premier of Steven Aldredge’s opera The Hatfieds and McCoys, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with John Kurokawa (clarinet), and Steven Aldredge (piano), a collaborative recital featuring the music of Fauré, The Three Sopranos, with Dr. Kimberly Warrick and Dr. Diana Cataldi, and a chamber music recital with colleagues Steven Aldredge, Dr. Randall Paul, and Dr. Franklin Cox, featuring “Beta aber auch dabei” from Cantata 115 by J. S. Bach. Other favorite performances as a soloist include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Fauré Requiem, the Bach Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Gloria by Poulenc, Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms and Pensieri notturni di Filli, Cantata HWV 134 by Handel, with Dr. Charles Larkowski and early music ensembleWind in the Woods.
Ms. Minneman performed the world premiere of The Mystic Trumpeter by Dr. James W. Moore at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center for the Arts. She is the director of music at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Oakwood where she conducts the Chancel Choir which, in addition to service music, presents special services and concerts in a varied repertoire of sacred music and major works such as Requiem by John Rutter and Messe Solennelle by Vierne. Her research interests include Surrealism in the music of Francis Poulenc, settings of Goethe texts by Schubert and Schumann and the cantata's of J. S. Bach.
Ms. Minneman has enjoyed her experience teaching at Wright State, noting that it has allowed her to plunge into a subject she is passionate about. She also has enjoyed working with her students and colleagues, who are continuously inspiring her.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Minneman stays very busy. She is the music director at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Oakwood. She is married with two children, two stepchildren, and some grandchildren too. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, antiques, interior design, gardening, writing, and reading. She plans on traveling more and looking into her genealogy as well.