Ted von Puhle
(Director, Saturday Glee Club)
A recent transplant from Northern California, Edward (Ted) von Pohle, brings a knowledge and passion for singing plus 30 years of music education success to the Triangle area of North Carolina.
A graduate of Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, with a Bachelors in Music (vocal performance emphasis), von Pohle went on to earn his Masters in Music (choral conducting emphasis) from San José State University in San José, CA, where he studied under Dr. Charlene Archibeque. Ted has taught all levels of music from early classroom music through collegiate-level classes and ensembles, and his choirs have regularly scored outstanding marks at state festivals and contests. An active choral clinician, von Pohle, guides choirs to improve their tone, diction and intonation through proper vocal technique, and as a private vocal instructor and coach, Mr. von Pohle has guided many of his students to go on to careers in opera, musical theater and concert.
In addition to his work as a teacher, conductor, and clinician, von Pohle, himself, has been active as a concert and theater performer throughout Northern California.
(Co-Director, Summer Glee)
Sean Grier is a native of Royal Oak, Michigan. Sean graduated from Michigan State University in May 2009, where he received two bachelor degrees, one in Vocal Performance and one in Music Education.
While at Michigan State, Sean performed in over 15 opera, musical theater, and solo productions. Sean is one of two Directors of Vocal Music at the Durham School of the Arts, in Durham, North Carolina having previously enjoyed an a one-year interim position as Choral Director at Chapel Hill High School.
(Co-Director, Summer Glee)
Nicole Sonbert, mezzo-soprano, holds BM degrees in Musical Theatre Performance and Music Education and MM degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from East Carolina University. She has worked as a guest artist, applied voice instructor, church choral director, middle school choral teacher, clinical instructor, and guest clinician. Sonbert has presented, adjudicated, and coordinated various choral clinics and festivals for teachers and students. She is dedicated and involved in the type of student learning that fosters self-awareness and inspiration. She was the recipient of the “My Teacher, My Hero” award in 2006. In addition, she has been recognized for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances throughout North Carolina. Sonbert has also won NATS regional and state vocal auditions in the classical and musical theatre divisions.
Sonbert has performed roles including Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, the Mother in Menotti’s The Consul, and Buttercup in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. She has appeared as the alto soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with the ECU Chamber Singers and performs regularly throughout the state of NC as an alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Sonbert is currently teaching applied voice and classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Music.
(Director, Summer Recording Workshop)
A graduate of UNC's Bachelor of Music and Master in Teaching programs, Marianne has spent the past few years in New York City working as a private teacher, vocal coach, arranger, and recording engineer. With vocal styles ranging from Opera to Pop, Marianne continues her passion for music education, vocal health, and academic collaboration in the big apple where she has taught dozens of students voice and piano. Of the decade she spent arranging and performing a cappella music, Marianne directed UNC’s premiere all-female group, the Loreleis, for two years. During her time in the Loreleis, Marianne worked with Ben Folds when she recorded solo for a track on the CD, “Ben Folds Presents University A Cappella,” and even sang backup vocals for Folds at a multiple shows on his Symphony tours.
(Assistant Director, Summer Recording Workshop)
Colin Egan is a Chapel Hill native singer-songwriter and studio engineer with a decade-long career singing in choirs, a cappella groups, bands, and musicals. He directed the professional a cappella group, the Hyannis Sound, taught voice privately at the Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts, has given masterclasses at CASA's SoJam festival, and is the founder and Chief Producer at Five Spice Records in NYC.
Colin has a BBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a double major in music and marketing. He is currently based in NYC working at Nickelodeon in addition to producing, arranging, and singing professionally.
(Voice Teacher, Summer Glee 2016)
Sarah Humphrey, soprano, is a native of North Carolina. She recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Sarah currently serves as the Music Teacher at Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham, NC, teaching general music for grades K-4 and a choral elective for grades 5-8.
For four years, Sarah participated in and musically directed an award-winning Barbershop Quartet known as “Fortune.” Sarah has also held numerous musical theatre and operatic roles. She has been seen as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, a Bird Girl in Seussical the Musical, and the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. During her time at UNC, Sarah studied voice privately with Timothy Sparks. She was also involved with Carolina Choir and UNC Opera, and has performed the role of Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann and the role of Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Sarah wishes to spread her God-given joy and passion for music with everyone she encounters.
Kristi Vincent Johnson
(Choreographer, Summer Glee 2016)
Kristi Vincent Johnson, a Louisiana native, is a performer, choreographer, educator, and community builder. Kristi has served on the dance faculties of Louisiana State University, Texas Christian University, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Jacksonville University. Committed to artistic excellence, she was named the National Dance Association’s College/University Dance Educator of the Year in 2013 and was recently selected as a 2016 Touring Artist with the North Carolina Dance Festival. Kristi received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Christian University and was recipient of the 2014 American Dance Festival's Charles "Chuck" Davis full scholarship. Presently, Kristi Vincent Johnson is on the dance faculty at North Carolina Central University, the founder of The Triangle Dance Project and the artistic director of TRANSLATIONS, a project-based company for dance.
(Guest Teacher Artist, Summer Recording Workshop)
Django Haskins is a songwriter/singer/guitarist living in Durham, NC. He tours internationally with his band, The Old Ceremony, and has released eight albums of his songs, including 2010′s “Tender Age.” He holds an English degree from Yale University.
(Voice Coach, Summer Glee 2016)
Lindsey Hayek is currently the choral director and general music teacher at Oak Grove Middle School in Davidson County. A Raleigh native and product of Wake County Arts Magnet Schools, Mrs. Hayek earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Masters of the Arts in Teaching both from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a classically trained soprano, accomplished performer, and experienced voice teacher. As a music educator, Mrs. Hayek has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in 4 North Carolina districts. Her choirs have earned superior ratings at various choral festivals. Mrs. Hayek was Greene County’s Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015 and was one of 18 semi-finalists for North Carolina Teacher of the Year. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and active leader in her profession. Mrs. Hayek lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, Andy, and their two dogs.
(Choreographer, Summer Glee 2012)
Kristin Taylor, a Durham native, is a BFA graduate of the UNC School of the Arts. She trained at Jacobs Pillow, and on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studios with Hubbard Street II. In New York, she apprenticed with Urban Bush Women, and worked with choreographers Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown and Sidra Bell. Kristin performed with the Mexico City-based Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza and created and performed works for Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza of Venezuela. She has taught in UNCSA’s preparatory program and as a guest of the Tri-Cities Performing Arts School in Atlanta. Currently, Kristin works with nosiDANCE Theater, Helen Simoneau Danse, Andrea E. Woods, Gaspard & Dancers and Courtney Greer.
(Arranger, Conductor, Teacher, Summer Recording 2011)
Transcending genre distinctions, SHANA TUCKER is a “ChamberSoul” cellist and singer-songwriter from New York whose music is a sultry pastiche of acoustic pop and soulful, jazz-influenced contemporary folk. A classically-trained cellist, (Howard University – WDC; Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music – NYC), Shana began singing as a way to get her original songs heard and placed, and subsequently found more work as a “singing cellist” than as a (singer or cellist). As a pop/contemporary folk artist, Shana has opened for several critically-acclaimed recording artists, including Sweet Honey in the Rock, jazz saxophonist Hamiett Bluett, drummer/vocalist Vinx, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Indigo Girls.
Shana’s debut solo project, “SHiNE” (February 2011), outlines a musical journey that celebrates the major influences of everyday life: relationship, laughter, love…loss, rediscovery, and the never-ending journey towards peace, understanding and self-acceptance. In between performing and promoting her new CD, Shana teaches songwriting workshops, works with Mallarme Chamber Players (Durham), and tries to keep up with her busy 10-year-old son and budding visual artist, Sebastian. —www.shanatucker.com.
(Advisor, Guest Teacher)
Louise Toppin, finalist in the Munich International Competition and winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions, has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Scotland, Japan, China, Uruguay, Sweden, the Caribbean, Bermuda, New Zealand, England, and Spain. She has appeared in recital on concert series including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Licieu Theatre in Barcelona, Spain and the International Albeniz Festival in Camprodon, Spain.
She is a graduate of The University of Michigan (DMA voice), Peabody Conservatory (MM voice, MM piano) and The University of North Carolina (BM piano). Her teachers and coaches include: George Shirley, Reri Grist, Charlotte Holloman, Sylvia Olden Lee, and Mattiwilda Dobbs. In the summers of 1995 & 1996 she worked with Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge and Elly Ameling respectively at the Britten Pears School in England. She was formerly on the faculties of East Carolina University, Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University and is currently Professor of Voice at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (www.louisetoppin.com).
(Guest Teaching Artist)
Susan Klebanow is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she conducts the Carolina Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches courses in conducting. She is a recipient of UNC’s Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a Chapman Family Teaching Award from UNC’s Institute of the Arts and Humanities.
Prof. Klebanow is in high demand as a clinician and has led choral festivals and workshops throughout the U.S. and in Mexico, China and Italy. She has guest conducted numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles, including the North Carolina Symphony, the Emmanuel Church of Boston Bach Cantata Series, the Mallarme Chamber Players, Boston University’s Opera Theatre, and the University of Veracruz Baroque Festival Chorus in Xalapa, Mexico.
An accomplished soprano, Susan Klebanow has recorded and performed extensively with contemporary music and early music groups based in Boston, North Carolina, and Mexico. She currently sings with the North Carolina Symphony Chamber Choir, for which she also serves as Chorusmaster.
Before joining the faculty at UNC, Klebanow taught choral music and musical theatre at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She holds degrees from Brandeis University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
(Guest Teaching Artist)
Daniel M. Huff is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Education and the Music Department and holds Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied choral conducting with Robert Fountain and music education with Eunice Boardman Meske and Anthony Barresi. He coordinates and teaches courses in the Music Education Area at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and conducts the UNC Men’s Glee Club, a group which tours regularly in the Mid-West, East and Southeast. Besides his performances with the UNC Men’s Glee Club, over the past 20 years, he has conducted or adjudicated over 135 state and regional festivals and workshops involving public school students in settings from the Mid-West to Southeast, presented 85 choral clinics and presented local, state or national in-service sessions for public school teachers and teacher candidates on twenty four occasions. In addition, he is Director of UNC’s HS Music Camp, as well as founder and conductor of the All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival.
Lauren Bromley Hodge
(Founder/Owner, Community Chorus Project and PopUp Chorus)
Lauren Bromley Hodge holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Drama and English from the University of London, Goldsmith’s College. Beginning in 1984, Lauren began her career in the music business working for UK based indie labels such as Rough Trade Records (The Smiths, Feelies, Soul Asylum, They Might be Giants), One Little Indian Records (The Sugarcubes,Bjork), Setanta Records (Edwyn Collins, Magnetic Fields), Imago (Aimee Mann, Henry Rollins) and many more. Over a 15-year career in the music business, Lauren has run her own companies, managed artists, negotiated deals and worked at an executive level for record companies in both London and New York City. Upon moving to Chapel Hill, NC in 2000, with her husband and three children, Lauren created the Youth Performing Arts Conservatory at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, where she was later the Director of Development. In 2011 she founded Community Chorus Project, in partnership with the Department of Music at UNC, Chapel Hill. In addition to creating chorus programs for middle and high school students at UNC, Lauren is the Founder of PopUp Chorus ™. Her work as an arts entrepreneur is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to become artists, to helping musicians build careers, and building community through music.
(Co-Founder, Community Chorus Project)
UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Music and Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, soprano TERRY RHODES has performed throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe, having appeared in over twenty foreign nations with repertoire spanning opera, oratorio, art song and musical theater. A native of Raleigh, NC, she has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Artist-in-Residence/Lecturer position at the Conservatory of Music in Skopje, Macedonia in 1993, an IAH Chapman Fellowship, an IAH Academic Leadership Fellowship, and a Lilly grant. The soprano is especially known for her work in the contemporary music arena, having presented numerous premieres written specifically for her, and has recorded two warmly received CD’s on the Albany label. Dr. Rhodes teaches and performs in Italy during the summer as a faculty member of Spoleto Study Abroad.
As UNC Opera Director, Dr. Rhodes also has furthered the cause of new music, having produced and directed a number of regional and world premieres. Under her tutelage, the group has performed over 30 complete operas and 16 scenes programs, with music ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. UNC Opera also performs in community and regional venues on a regular basis. Dr. Rhodes holds the DMA and MM from the Eastman School of Music and the BM from UNC-Chapel Hill.
(Program Manager, Community Chorus Project and PopUp Chorus)
After moving to Durham in 2010, Katie decided to use her Humanities degree and publishing background to open Mercury Studio, Durham's only coworking, event, and art space. Since then, she's co-founded The Makery at Mercury Studio a retail shop selling exclusively NC-made and curated goods. When she's not busy at the studio or the shop, she can be found playing with her band, The Pinkerton Raid. She has been a singer since she was tiny and has performed in everything from indie rock bands to gospel choirs. Katie began working with Community Chorus Project in the Spring of 2014 and has been enjoying the opportunity to express her love for music and organization all at once.