Director, Summer Glee
Sean Grier is one of three choral directors at The Durham School of the Arts in Durham, NC where he teaches choral music to students in grades 6-12, with an emphasis on all male choirs at the middle and high school level. He has taught at The Durham School of the Arts for eight years.
Under the direction of Sean Grier, the Durham School of the Arts choirs have traveled to Germany, Austria, Italy, New York City and Atlanta. They have also collaborated and performed with touring groups at the DPAC, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, choral composers Eric Whitacre and Gwyneth Walker, singing sensation Susan Boyle and many masterworks with The Durham Choral Society and Durham Symphony. Sean is a graduate of Michigan State University, with degrees in music education and vocal performance.
Dr. Melissa Martin
Voice teacher, Summer Glee
Lecturer in voice with the Department of Music, UNC at Chapel Hill, soprano, Melissa Zwicker Martin is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Political Science before obtaining a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Dr. Martin received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she was a recipient of the David Reeves Scholarship and the Naumberg Scholarship.
Dr. Martin has appeared in opera, concerts, and recitals throughout the United States and Europe. Representative operatic repertoire includes roles such as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Musetta in La Boheme, Norina in Don Pasquale, Valencienne in Die Lustige Witwe, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Gertrude Stein in The Mother of Us All. A versatile performer committed to contemporary music, she was featured in the world premiere performance of James Legg’s The Power of Xingu as Mrs. Garnett.
Dr. Martin also created the role of Joy in the children’s opera, The Araboolies of Liberty Street in conjunction with an arts-in-education community outreach program of New York. As a supporter of the Soho Think Tank’s mission to nurture, strengthen, and promote a diverse community of independent theater artists, she appeared as Marni in the world premiere of the musical theater production, Child of God, at New York City’s Ohio Theater.
Dr. Martin has served as a faculty member at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Peace College as a teacher of applied voice and diction prior to joining the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
(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
Kathleen Jasinskas (soprano) has been hailed as “charming” as Yum-Yum (The Mikado) with Winter Opera St. Louis and “a joy to watch” as Despina (Così fan tutte) with Tri-Cities Opera (NY). She made her North Carolina Opera debut as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) in 2017, and has also been seen as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) at Tri-Cities Opera (NY), and Antonia (Man of La Mancha) at Shreveport Opera. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from The Juilliard School, where she was a four- year recipient of the Rosalinda Longo scholarship in Voice, and a Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University.
Here at home, Kathleen is a member of the highly acclaimed Avante Vocal Jazz ensemble, the soprano section leader at University Presbyterian Church and a frequent soloist with the Hillyer Community Chorus in Raleigh. She has been seen both on stage and in the orchestra pit with the Durham Savoyards, and has presented both classical and musical theatre programs across the Triangle with her husband, baritone Charles Hyland. Kathleen is also the owner of Kathleen's Piano and Voice studio, which is home to more than 60 students of all ages.
Kristi Vincent Johnson
Choreographer, Summer Glee
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.
Voice teacher, Summer Glee
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 joy and passion for music with everyone she encounters.
Elijah Fox Peck
Accompanist, Summer Glee and Summer Recording Workshop
Elijah Fox-Peck is a pianist, educator, composer, and singer who grew up in Durham, NC. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory in 2017, where he majored in jazz studies, with a focus in piano performance.
Elijah began playing piano at age 9 and by 13, was touring with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble as a guest soloist, as well as recording professionally with top jazz musicians in the area. He was four times nominated as a North Carolina All-State jazz pianist during each of his years of high school, and at age 15, received a full scholarship to the Berklee School of Music 5-week summer program.
He has been teaching piano for eight years and is currently teaching a studio of 21 students in Brooklyn Heights, NY. He has performed throughout the United States and in Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the British Virgin Islands. He is also an accomplished singer and songwriter, and his original music has been streamed over 400,000 times through Soundcloud and Spotify. He is currently signed as a recording artist with NYC based, Candid Music Group. He has performed with Greg Bandy, Moses Sumney, Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Ingrid Jensen, Don Braden, The Punch Brothers, and Chris Thile.
Arranger, Conductor, Teacher, Summer Recording
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.
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 Projec)
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.