Northwest Girlchoir Artistic and Administrative Staff

 

Sara Boos, Artistic Director; Fresca, Amore, Ensemble Conductor
Beth Ann Bonnecroy, Vivace Conductor
Andrew Seifert, Amabile Conductor and Lead Accompanist
Jura Litchfield, Prep Choir Conductor
Dori Baunsgard, Vivace Accompanist
Serena Chin, Fresca Accompanist
Harumi Makiyama, Fresca and Amabile Accompanist
Annie Chang-Center, Prep Choir Accompanist


Jill Clymer, Executive Director
Carol Kupyn, Choir Administrator
Hannah Carney, Choir Operations Coordinator


Artistic Staff

Sara Boos   Sara Boos, Artistic Director
Fresca, Amore, Ensemble Conductor
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2003
M Mus, music education, Bowling Green State University
B Mus Michigan State University

Sara leads an artistic staff of eight, conducts Fresca, Amore, and Ensemble, and oversees the education and artistic programs of the organization. She has experience teaching choral and general music at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels in Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, and Washington.

Along with her work in public school music programs, she has directed adult and children's church choirs and a choir at a maximum-security women's prison. Sara enjoys choral music-making from both sides of the podium; for four years she was a member of the Dale Warland Singers in Minnesota, one of the country's finest professional a cappella choirs. Since coming to the Northwest, she has sung with Seattle Pro Musica, Opus 7, the St. James Cathedral Choir, and Urban Baroque in Portland, Oregon.

As a clinician, Sara has recently served as guest conductor for the Women's Choir Festival at Western Washington University and for the Seattle Public Schools Elementary Choirs Festival. For two years, Sara was the Elementary Choirs Repertoire and Standards chair on the board of the Washington State American Choral Directors Association as; she serves on the board of directors of the recently formed Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.

 

Beth Ann Bonnecroy   Beth Ann Bonnecroy, Vivace Conductor
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2000
M Mus, voice performance, Arizona State University
B Mus, church music/voice, St Olaf College

Beth Ann Bonnecroy joined the Northwest Girlchoir staff in 2000 and conducts the Vivace choir. Beth Ann's foundation as a singer and extensive experience as a voice teacher shape her priorities in conducting. In the choirs she conducts, she emphasizes healthy singing and development of singers' personal vocal technique, which contribute to the free, beautiful sound her choirs achieve. Beth Ann is a frequent recitalist in the Seattle area. She has also sung with the Seattle Opera Chorus, Opera by the Sound, and Lyric Opera Theatre of Tempe, AZ. A life-long church musician, Beth Ann has conducted church choirs and handbell choirs of all ages and is currently a member of the music staff of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle. Beth Ann, along with colleague and former Northwest Girlchoir Artistic Director, Rebecca Rottsolk, co-conducts Mirinesse Women's Choir. Mirinesse had the high honor of singing at the American Choral Directors Association national convention in 2009. Beth Ann holds degrees from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

 

Andrew Seifert   Andrew Seifert, Amabile Conductor and Lead Accompanist
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2007
DMA, Opera Production, University of Washington
M Mus, Conducting, University of Washington
B Mus, Conducting, Chapman University

Andrew is now in his tenth season with Northwest Girlchoir, where he currently serves as Lead Accompanist and Amabile Co-Conductor. He has also served the choir in a wide variety of artistic and administrative roles during his tenure. As Lead Accompanist, Andrew has performed with Northwest Girlchoir on all of Seattle’s major stages and in a variety of prestigious festival appearances. He has joined the choir on tours in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Australia, and throughout Europe. Andrew is in his third year as Amabile Co-Conductor and enjoys the opportunity to foster musical education and excellence across all choir levels within the organization. He is also the Northwest Girlchoir’s resident arranger/orchestrator, creating multi-textured instrumental accompaniments for many of the choir’s most magical concert moments. Andrew’s arrangements and compositions have been featured in workshops and festivals for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), as well as performances by a wide variety of school, community, and professional choirs. He has also served as a pianist for many regional and statewide honor choirs. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Chapman University in Orange, CA and Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

 

Jura Litchfield   Jura Litchfield, Prep Choir Conductor
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2017
M MUS, Columbia University
B MUS, Barnard College

Jura Litchfield comes to Northwest Girlchoir with a passion for teaching young people and over 30 years of experience as a music teacher, conductor, and arts administrator. Jura has taught music and choir at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, in Massachusetts, Berlin, Germany, and New York (City and State).

She has served as Director of Music at churches in Maine and New York. She has also worked as a school music department chairperson, a director of a community arts center, and a development director for a non-profit arts institute. Jura has Kodály and Orff certification and degrees from Columbia University (Master of Arts) and Barnard College (Bachelor of Arts). 

Dori Baunsgard

  Dori Baunsgard, Amabile Accompanist
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2007
M Mus, Western Washington University
B Mus, Seattle Pacific University

Pacific Northwest native Dori Baunsgard is Northwest Girlchoir'€™s Vivace accompanist. She recently returned to Seattle after teaching for many years in Tokyo, Japan, where she was the Secondary Choral and Music specialist at the International School of the Sacred Heart. Dori has an avid interest in multiple styles and genres of music, including world music. As a conductor she has explored music from all parts of the globe. In her accompanying career she has played for many top conductors, including Henry Leck, Edith Copely and Elena Sharkova. Dori has also worked extensively in musical theater, and has been musical director for numerous shows. Most recently she coached and performed a cappella Bulgarian choral music in a production of "€œMidsummer Night'€™s Dream"€ with the Tokyo International Players. Dori holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Western Washington University.

 

Serena Chin   Serena Chin, Fresca Accompanist
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2012
M Mus, Piano Coaching and Accompanying, Westminster Choir College
B Mus, Piano/French, Wheaton College

Serena Chin is delighted to join the Northwest Girlchoir as accompanist for Fresca. She recently moved to the Seattle from the Washington, DC area, where she was an active accompanist, vocal coach and chamber musician. She has performed with numerous choirs, including the American Boychoir and the Children's Chorus of Washington as well as state, regional and national honor choirs for ACDA, OAKE and MENC. She has also served on the accompanying staffs of Westminster Choir College, Wheaton College (IL), Interlochen Arts Camp and the Opera Theater Music Festival of Lucca, Italy.

 

     


Administrative Staff

 

Jill Clymer   Jill Clymer, Executive Director
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2012

Jill Clymer is thrilled to be part of the Northwest Girlchoir community, sharing her collaborative leadership and creative energy as Executive Director. Coming from a family of musicians, she studied piano with her grandmother and went on to major in music at Wesleyan University with an arts administration focus. She is pleased to share her passion for music along with her non-profit management experience. Jill spent 5 years honing her fundraising and arts management skills with the Seattle Symphony, and 11 years engaging the community through special events for Washington's largest hunger relief agency, Food Lifeline. In 2009, Jill's event Food Frenzy won a national Feeding America award for the most innovative fundraising program of the year. Having sung since 1996 with Seattle's Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble, Jill knows personally the value of connecting with people through choral music. She lives in North Seattle with her husband, percussionist Rob Tucker, her daughter and NWGC chorister Rosalie, and her son Leo.

 

     
Carol Kupyn   Carol Kupyn, Choir Administrator
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2013

After ten years as a choir parent, Carol joined the Northwest Girlchoir staff in September 2013. She is a graduate of Vassar College with a BA in Economics, and earned an MBA from London Business School. After a career in market research and database development, Carol spent six years on the Northwest Girlchoir Board of Directors, where she focused on strategic planning, fundraising and development. She knows firsthand the important role that Northwest Girlchoir can play in development and growth of young women, and she is looking forward to ensuring that those opportunities are available to all.

   

Hannah Carney, Choir Operations Coordinator
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2017

Having been involved with choirs her whole life, Hannah Carney counts her high school choir tour to England's International Children's Choir Festival as the formative experience that shaped Hannah Carney's love of music and travel. 

Hannah graduated from Seattle Pacific University last spring with a BA in Music. During her senior year, she focused on arts administration in roles with the university's choirs and through an internship with Northwest Girlchoir. She is excited to be helping provide amazing choral experiences for other young women and looks forward to meeting choristers and families throughout the season!

With her unique background in astrophysics, vocal performance, and project management, Hannah will bring strong organization and streamlined logistics for uniforms, tours, concerts, and Spring Fling.

 

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