High School Show Choir Director
801-794-2226 ext. 410
About Mr. Lunt
Richard A. Lunt has taught choral music for twenty-five years. He received his BA from Northern Arizona University and his MM degree from Brigham Young University. Ricks’ choirs, both concert and show choirs, are consistently ranked among the top performing groups both local and national competitions. His expertise in both genres has afforded him opportunities to be a clinician and judge for Heritage Music Festivals, ShowFest, Heart of America, and FAME Show Choir Competitions. Mr. Lunt has taught at American Leadership Academy for thirteen years. He left a thriving program at Spanish Fork High School only to be supported in the building of a similar successful and flourishing program here at ALA. Since coming on board, Mr. Lunt has refocused and re-energized the choir program. Today, with close to 200 students in six groups, the program is now the single largest school activity on campus with one out of every six high school students at ALA taking part.
His concert choirs have received Superior ratings at the state level and have received 1st Place in National Music Festivals. His show choirs have received Grand Champion in several national show choir competitions as well as receiving many caption awards such as Best Band, Best Soloists, Best Stage Presence, Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Show Design, & Best Tech Crew. 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. Now, thirteen years later, Evolution, consisting of 50 singers, 13 band members, and 6 technicians, has qualified to participate in the Show Choir National Championship Series the past 11 years.
An experienced veteran of show choir competitions, Mr. Lunt began entering competitions throughout the United States. ALA choirs have competed in California, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, Florida, Wyoming and in Chicago at the Show Choir Nationals Championships. At one of their national music festivals, their clinician, who ironically was a choral educator from Utah State University, said, “ALA Choirs are Utah’s best kept secret!” He stated, “Simply put, ALA choirs are implausible!”
Some of Mr. Lunt’s accomplishments include ALA’s Teacher of the Mont in Sept. 2020, recognition from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for producing outstanding choral experiences for youth; the KSL News Radio Teacher Feature Award; the National Arts Association Teacher of the Year 2005; Who’s Who Among America Teachers1998-2019; nominated for Disney’s American Teacher Awards honoring creativity in teaching; NAU Centennial Year of Education Alumni Award; National Dean’s List at
EAC and NAU; and Southwestern SPEBSQUA Barbershop Quartet Winner in 1993. He was voted the SFHS National Honor Society’s Outstanding Teacher 2005 and RVHS Teacher of the Year in 1999. He enjoys gardening, arranging choral music and show development. Mr. Lunt and his family reside in Spanish Fork, Utah.