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					                            LANCASTER CHORALE SINGERS
Margaret Bradshaw is a graduate of Valparaiso University, with a double major in Music and
Television-Radio Communications. Margaret works at Jones Middle School, and is the soprano
section leader at St. Mark‟s Episcopal Church in Upper Arlington. This is her fourth season with
Chorale.

Andrew Brown is an elementary music educator in the Olentangy Local Schools where he
teaches general music and beginning strings. He is also artistic director of the Lancaster-Fairfield
Youth Choir. In addition to earning the BME and MM from Capital University, Andrew also
studied at the Hochschule for Musik in Dresden, Germany and the Kodaly Institute in Kesckemet,
Hungary.

Sheila Cafmeyer earned her Masters In Music Education at Capital University, where she earned
her Bachelors in Math and Voice. She has performed with CU Chapel Choir, Choral Union and
Columbus Light Opera. Sheila teaches math and choir and serves as Musical Director at Bishop
Hartley High School; other activities include teaching private voice and free-lancing as a
professional wedding vocalist-flutist.
Heather Chute earned her BME from Capital University where she is pursuing her Masters in
Music Education. In 2002 she was part of the European tour to Germany, Austria and the Czeck
Republic with Chapel Choir. Heather also sings with Columbus Bach Ensemble, CU Choral
Union and is alto section leader at St. Mark's Episcopal choir in Upper Arlington. Heather is in
her seventh year as choral director at Hamilton Local schools.

Melody Shontz Culbert is in her fifteenth season with Chorale. While earning her B.A. from The
Ohio State University, Melody performed with Symphonic Choir and Chorale. During that time she
performed with the Chorale on the Telarc recording of Mahler‟s 8th Symphony with the Atlanta
Symphony and Chorus, conducted by Robert Shaw; also in the premier performance of Rutter‟s
„Magnificat‟ conducted by John Rutter. While working with conductor Dwayne Condon, Melody
has traveled to Los Angeles and New York City performing such major works as the Durufle
Requiem, Morten Lauridsen‟s Lux Aeterna and was featured in the ABC network‟s televised
Christmas Eve Service Angels Sing in 2007. Melody has also recorded backup vocals on
children‟s CDs for „Bill Shontz‟ and „RosenShontz‟ and lives in Reynoldsburg with her husband
Tim and their three sons, Harvey, Freddie and Emmett.

Rob Duerr is a nineteen-season veteran of the Chorale. He received his BME form The Ohio
State University, studying music education, history, choral conducting and repertoire. While at
OSU Rob sang with the OSU Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Men's Glee Club and served as student
director of the University Chorus. In Columbus, Rob has sung with Opera Columbus, CSO
Symphony Chorus, Worthington United Methodist Chancel Choir and the St. Joseph Cathedral
Choir. Nationally, Rob has performed with the LA Philharmonic in performances of Beethoven's
9th Symphony, Margaret Hillis and the Chicago Symphony, John Rutter in the premiere of his
Magnificat and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and their CD recording of Mahler's 8th
Symphony. Rob is currently the Chancel Choir director at Greenmont-Oak Park Community
Church in Kettering.

Billy Edwards is from Newark and is a new member to the Lancaster Chorale this season. He
also sings with the Singing Buckeyes and the Alliance Barbershop Choruses. Billy has been
involved in numerous local theater productions at Licking County Players and Weathervane
Playhouse. He works at Newark High School as the Sound and Light Technician.

Thom Gall has been a regular with Chorale for more than a decade. As a lifelong choral
musician, Thom was a founding member of Central Ohio‟s premiere professional choir, The
Cantari Singers, and has been a tenor section leader-soloist with two of Columbus‟ finest church
choirs, Worthington United Methodist Church and St. Joseph Cathedral. Thom also directs the
Temple Israel Choir in Columbus and is the vocal music director for Vaud-Villities. As a stage
performer, he has been featured in numerous productions throughout the Midwest, including The
Lancaster Festival's TURANDOT and Pro Musica‟s BERNSTEIN MASS. For nearly 20 years,
Thom toured internationally with former Ohio Theatre organist Dennis James and has appeared
as a solo singer with regional orchestras and opera companies. In addition to his music career,
Thom is a self-employed media producer and performer, and has hosted the Chorale Gala since
2008.

Laura Hauser earned the Bachelor‟s degree with a double major in music and psychology at
Kenyon College, where she performed in Chamber Singers and played clarinet with the Knox
County Symphony. After singing with Langsford Singers (Michigan), she began studies in music
therapy at OU, singing with University Singers; Laura has spent the past ten years working as a
Music Therapist at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus and has three children.

Jesse Heetland is in his fourth year with Lancaster Chorale; in past years he has performed with
the Lancaster Chorale Festival Singers and also with Capital University Chapel Choir. Jesse
holds a Bachelor of Music from Capital where he studied voice with William Florescu. He also
holds a Master of Music from Wright State University and is a doctoral candidate in the field of
trumpet performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. He is currently a music
professor at Hocking College. Jesse lives in Lancaster with his wife, Julie, and two kids, Gabriel
and Laurel.

Kathy Heim is a newcomer to the area, having moved here last spring from Huntsville, Alabama.
In Huntsville, she was director of music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, taught private piano and
voice, and started the first Kindermusik program in the area in the mid-1990‟s. As a soprano,
Kathy has been active in ensembles such as the Huntsville Schola Cantorum and Vox Angelica.
Kathy holds her BA in Music Education from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has
recently opened her private piano and voice studio in downtown Lancaster.

Lauren Henry joins Chorale in her first full season. She is a graduate of Hilliard Darby High
School where she sang in the Symphonic Choir and took the role of section leader. She
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performed Durufle‟s Requiem with the choir in the 2005 1 Annual National High School Choral
Festival in Carnegie Hall. This past year she sang with the Miami University Collegiate Chorale
performing on tour to New York City. While at Miami, she also helped in founding what is now
Miami‟s first coed a cappella group, “The Mergers,” in which she has arranged several popular
pieces for the group. She is currently a transfer first year undergraduate at The Ohio State
University pursuing a double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She sings with
the Ohio State University Chorale and still continues to arrange a cappella pieces when the
opportunity and patience arises.

Angel Hillyard is an elementary general music teacher in West Jefferson. She is a 2001
graduate of Capital University and received her master‟s degree and Kodaly Certification from
Capital in 2003. She has sung with St. Joseph Cathedral Choir and the Magpie Consort. She
lives in Hilliard with her husband Ben, and one year old son, Andrew.

Carrie Horsky returns this year as a second year member. She is a 2008 graduate of Ohio
University, with a BM of Music Education. She is also a 2004 graduate of Fairfield Union where
she was a member of the Assembly Singers. At Ohio University she was a member of University
Singers directed by Peter Jarjisian, Women's Chorale, and Title IX. Her involvement with Title IX
led to the leadership position of student director during the 2007-2008 school year. She also
assisted the Director of the Athens County Children's Chorus, Melanie Horne as the assistant
director for their 2007-2008 year. She is currently substitute teaching in Fairfield/Franklin County
schools while also conducting private lessons for students at Fairfield Christian Academy School
of Performing Arts. Her professional organizations include Sigma Alpha Iota and American Choral
Director's Association.
Jordan Irwin is returning for his first full season with the Lancaster Chorale. He is a 21 year old
college student at Columbus State Community College in the Fire Science/EMS program. He is
currently a firefighter with the Bremen-Rushcreek Fire Dept., is employed at the Rushville Coffee
House, and directs the choir at Bremen First United Methodist Church. Jordan sang in his church
choir for seven years prior to becoming the director. He aspires to be a full-time firefighter after
obtaining his associates degree.

Holly Glunt Lawrence graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in vocal performance from Capital
University in 1987, and has taught voice and piano privately and been active in performance
since that time. Performances include lead roles with the Millersport Community Theatre and
soloist with North Central University Chorale at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. More recently she
enjoys accompanying area high school choirs and singing great choral music with the Chorale.
Additional experiences include directing children's, teen and adult choirs. She feels so blessed to
be in her fourth season since returning to Chorale, having sung from 1991 through 1993. She is
married to Brett (a tri-athlete), and they love raising their two boys, Cameron-11 and Bryce-8 to
be great sports (and music) fans.
Erin Loughrige was a scholarship student at Capital University, singing with Chapel Choir, and
while in high school was principal soprano with Fairfield Union Assembly Singers. Erin is currently
employed by the Logan Elm Junior High School, teaching Language Arts, and is in her sixth full
season with Chorale.

Tony Ludovico is a 1996 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in Engineering
Technology who began his career in the 5th Army Band in San Antonio, Texas as a tuba player.
He was a member of the San Antonio Symphony Chorus, the Dallas Symphony Chorus as well
as several theater productions. This is his first full season with the Lancaster Chorale and
currently resides in Gahanna, Ohio.

Clarence McCoy is Director of Worship Arts at Lancaster First United Methodist Church, where
he has served since 1997. He has worked with many different vocal and instrumental music
programs over the past twenty years, and works as an Ohio Music Education Association
adjudicator. He is an active performer, both as a trumpet player and a singer. Clarence first
began to sing with Lancaster chorale in 1993. He and his wife Sandy, both Fairfield County
natives, live in Lancaster with their two Golden Retrievers.

Kylie Ogg has been singing with the Chorale since 2001. She is a graduate of Fairfield Union
High School along with Otterbein College, where she earned a Bachelor's of Music Education.
Kylie has performed with both vocal and instrumental ensembles in such venues as the Trinity
Church in Stratford Upon Avon, Westminster Abbey in London, the Basilica of the Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and others throughout Switzerland and Italy. Kylie
currently serves as the Director of Vocal Music and Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at
Amanda-Clearcreek High School.

Nathan Ogg returns to Chorale for his 7th season. A graduate of the Lancaster High School
music program, he has toured New York City and also toured Europe with the Capital University
Chapel Choir. While concluding his studies in business at The Ohio State University, Nathan
serves as a Sales Manager for the Hyde Park Restaurant Group in Columbus and resides in
Canal Winchester with his wife Kylie.

Cynthia Perotti returns for her fourth year with the Lancaster Chorale. She received her degree
from the Ohio State University in Vocal Performance. She has had the privilege to sing solos and
wonderful choral works throughout Ohio and around the country. In addition to the exceptional
choral experiences from OSU, she has performed with the Cantari Singers, the Ohio Lyric
Theatre, the Zanesville Chorus, many church and temple groups throughout central Ohio, and
has participated in several Choral Workshops throughout the country. She resides and works in
Columbus with Kevin, her husband.
Kevin Perotti is celebrating his fourth year with the Lancaster Chorale. An eclectic musician, it
seems like he has always been singing, starting in elementary school with the Ohio Valley
Summer Theater. After years of band and choir, he came to Ohio State and majored in vocal
performance. While there, he sang with the 1990 Choir of the World winning Men's Glee Club,
and performed Mahler's VIII under Robert Shaw. He also hooked up with a five voice a capella
group called Throat Culture, and with them has performed around the country and even on
national radio programs like Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and Whad'ya Know?
with Michael Feldman. He also performed with Opera Columbus and Columbus Light Opera for
several seasons, including many solo and ensemble roles. Kevin lives in Columbus with his wife
Cynthia, and works for JP Morgan to pay for his singing habit.

David Simmons is music director at Galena United Methodist Church and Big Walnut
Community Chorus. With a BA and MA in American History from Miami University, he serves as
Senior Editor for Ohio Historical Society‟s TIMELINE magazine; this is Dave‟s twelfth season with
Chorale.

Lisa Springer received her musical education at Heidelberg College and Cleveland Institute of
Music. Lisa has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera
Company, Pennsylvania Opera Theater with Placido Domingo, Ohio Light Opera and the Robert
Page Singers; after eight years as director of vocal music at Lancaster High School, Lisa is now
the director of choirs at the Wellington School.
Paige Taylor Addis, a member of Chorale since 1994, studied voice at Ohio State University,
and while there, performed with Robert Shaw in his performance of the Brahms Requiem. She
has performed with several area choirs, including Columbus Symphony Chorus. Paige and her
husband Alan live in Dublin with their dog and two cats.

Ann Trocchia-Taiganides is a professional soprano currently residing in Granville, Ohio. She
has been a member of various fully professional choirs, and also enjoys a busy solo recital
schedule in the United States and Europe. In 2002, Ann was privileged to perform a concert for
former President Bush and his wife in Santorini, Greece, and she sings regularly in the region of
Marche, Italy as part of the Arts Festival, with L‟Orchestra Internazionale d‟Italia. Ann holds an
undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance and Opera from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Ann and her husband Paul, a general surgeon, have five children - Alessandra, Eliseo,
Francesca, Elia and Niko.

Edward Turner is excited to join the Chorale after a 3 year absence. He lived in Findlay, Ohio
for 10 years. Two years ago he returned to his childhood home of Pleasantville, where he
resides in his Great-Great Grandfather‟s house. Edward studied voice at Ohio University,
Athens. He has sung under Mr. Trocchia's direction since 1978.

Larry Weaver is a former teacher of vocal music, orchestra and band. He has a degree in Music
Education from Capital University, an MA from Ball State University, has done post graduate
work, and studied with Don Neuen, Robert Shaw, Fred Waring, Christiansen Choral School,
N.A.T.S. Larry is a former member of Cantari Singers of Columbus and has directed and held
roles in numerous musicals and served as a competition judge for vocal solos and ensembles,
choirs and show choirs. He is a member of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, where he has been
chairman of church council and recently retired as director of adult choir. Larry lives in Columbus
with his wife, Pat, also a musician.

Mike Wigglesworth earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown College (KY) and
Masters from OSU, and is in his fourth season with Chorale. A past member of Cantari Singers
and soloist with Worthington United Methodist, Michael has also sung with Robert Shaw in NYC
and Greenville, SC, and with the Columbus Symphony Chorus. He and his wife, Kimberly teach
vocal music in the Newark schools and reside in New Albany with daughter, Taylor.
Debbie Wright serves as Choral Director for the Fairfield Union Schools and is a part-time music
instructor for Ohio University-Lancaster. She has a BA in Voice-performance, BM in Music
Education, and holds a Master degree in Administration. Debbie has been with the Chorale since
its second year as an organization. She is a member of Cross Pointe Freewill Baptist Church
where she serves as music director. She has a wide background in performance and recording,
locally and nationally.

Mark Yoder is joining the Lancaster Chorale for his third season this year. After completing his
Bachelor's of Music Education from Capital University in 2006, Mark has worked with numerous
school districts in the Columbus area as a substitute music teacher. This past spring and
summer, Mark worked with Whitehall Yearling High School as the vocal director in "Little Shop Of
Horrors" and was the assistant vocal coach/accompanist for Center Stage Player's production of
"Sweet Charity." This fall, he will be the vocal director for Pickerington North High School's winter
musical "White Christmas."

 Naomi Zweben is in her third season with Chorale. A graduate of Duke University, she was a
soloist with the Duke Chorale and Chamber Singers and toured Europe and China, performing for
ambassadors and dignitaries. A marketing manager by day, Naomi has performed with Voice
Columbus, Columbus Symphony Chorus, Columbus Bach Ensemble and Vaud-Villities, and runs
a clogging team, Yellow Rose Cloggers of Ohio, with her husband, Adam King.

				
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