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
Jeannine Clarke, Director of Development & Community Engagement
Carol Kupyn, Choir Administrator

Hannah Carney, Choir Operations Coordinator
Kaylyn Springer, Marketing Coordinator


Artistic Staff

Sara Boos   Sara Boos, Artistic Director
Fresca, Amore, Ensemble Conductor
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2003

Sara Boos is in her fifteenth year as Artistic Director of Northwest Girlchoir, where she oversees the performance and education programs of the organization and conducts the Fresca, Amore, and Ensemble levels.  Her choirs have collaborated with many Seattle area choirs, including recently with the Seattle Women’s Chorus, Opus 7, and Seattle Pro Musica, as well as national and international groups such as the Danish National Girls’ Choir and Gondwana Voices of Australia. Under her direction, Northwest Girlchoir has performed by invitation at the 2016 Northwest American Choral Directors Conference and the 2013 Chorus America National Conference. She has led Northwest Girlchoir Amore on seven international tours. Sara has music education degrees from Bowling Green State University and Michigan State University.  She has experience teaching music and leading choirs at the elementary through college levels, with adult and children’s church choirs, and at Minnesota’s maximum-security women’s prison. In Minnesota, Sara was an alto with the Dale Warland Singers; in Seattle, she has sung with Opus 7, Seattle Pro Musica, and Mirinesse Women’s Choir.  She was a founding board member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium. 

 

Beth Ann Bonnecroy   Beth Ann Bonnecroy, Vivace Conductor
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2000

Beth Ann Bonnecroy joined the Northwest Girlchoir artistic staff in 2000.  Under her direction, Vivace's achievements include invitational performances with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Kirkland Choral Society and Argosy Christmas Ships, and annual participation in regional choral festivals, as well as tours to Japan and Hawaii.  An accomplished soprano, Beth Ann is an active performer and voice teacher in the Seattle area.  In January of 2013, she joined the music faculty of Seattle Pacific University. A life-long church musician, Beth Ann has conducted church choirs and handbell choirs of all ages.  She is currently a member of the music staff of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle.  In 2006, Beth Ann and colleague, Rebecca Rottsolk, founded Mirinesse Women’s Choir.  Mirinesse received the high honor of performing at the American Choral Directors Association national conference in 2009 and its regional conference in 2012.  Beth Ann holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

 

Andrew Seifert   Andrew Seifert, Amabile Conductor and Lead Accompanist
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2007

Andrew Seifert is now in his eleventh season with Northwest Girlchoir, where he serves as Amabile Conductor and Lead Accompanist. 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 Amore and Amabile on tours to twelve countries and on four continents and has appeared with the choirs on Seattle radio (KING-FM) and television (KOMO) programs. Andrew is Northwest Girlchoir’s resident arranger/orchestrator, creating multi-textured instrumental accompaniments for many of the choir’s most magical concert moments.  His 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.  Andrew has served as a pianist for many regional and statewide honor choirs.  He 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

Prep Choir conductor Jura Litchfield comes to Northwest Girlchoir with a passion for teaching young people and over thirty 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 the chair of a school music department, as a director of a community arts center, and as 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, Vivace Accompanist
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2012

Dori Baunsgard, is a Pacific Northwest native who returned to Seattle in 2011 after conducting choirs and teaching music for many years in Tokyo, Japan. She is presently the Assistant Conductor of Columbia Choirs, directing their adult women's choir Con Brio.  Dori has an avid interest in multiple styles and genres of music from all parts of the globe. In her accompanying career, she has played for many great conductors, including Henry Leck, Edith Copely and Elena Sharkova. She has also worked extensively in musical theater and was recently the musical director and conductor for Aurora Theater Company in Shoreline.  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

Serena Chin is in her fifth year as accompanist for Fresca and Prep Choir. She is an active accompanist, vocal coach and chamber musician in the Seattle area. She has as a great love for the human voice and has accompanied choirs from numerous organizations, including the American Boychoir, Children's Chorus of Washington (DC) and Interlochen Arts Camp, as well as state, regional and national honor choirs for ACDA, OAKE and NAfME.  Serena also serves as accompanist for the University of Washington, Ballard High School and Mirinesse Women's Choir. Serena received her Bachelor of Music in piano from Wheaton College and Master of Music in coaching and accompanying from Westminster Choir College.

 

     
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Annie Chang-Center, Prep Choir Accompanist
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2017

 

Annie Chang-Center started performing as a pianist in her native Taiwan for foreign dignitaries when she was six years old; she came to the United States at age thirteen. As a piano soloist, Annie has performed with major symphony orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As a violist, she has performed at numerous festivals and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland and Philadelphia string quartets. In Arizona, she was the assistant principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony and the principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony Sinfonietta and the Arizona Chamber Orchestra. Annie is an arts administrator, teacher and visual artist; she has produced multimedia presentations for live concerts and has served as the marketing director/teacher for the Academy Of Music Northwest in Seattle, WA. She is a chamber music coach for Cornish Summer Music, Summer Sounds, Bellevue Youth Symphony and Seattle Chamber Music Society. Annie is a writer for the International Rescue Committee.

 

 

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Harumi Makiyama, Amabile and Fresca Acompanist
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2012

 

A native of Fukuoka, Japan, pianist Harumi Makiyama is now in her fifth season with Northwest Girlchoir, where she currently serves as accompanist for Amabile and Fresca. She leads an active professional life in the Seattle area as an accompanist for the Seattle Jewish Chorale and as a concert and freelance pianist, piano teacher, adjudicator, and collaborative artist. In addition to running a private piano studio, she has taught at Chopin Academy of Music, Academy of Music Northwest, and University of Washington and has served on the collaborative staff at Central Washington University. Harumi has earned degrees in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan. She recently received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from University of Washington. Her dissertation, Mental Preparation for Piano Performance Using Principles of Aikido, looks for ways alleviate Musical Performance Anxiety (MPA) through ancient Shinto and Zen wisdom found in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which directly translates as "The Way of Harmony.”

 



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.

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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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Kaylyn Springer, Marketing Coordinator 
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2018

 

Kaylyn Springer brings both her passion for music and for creative design to her role as Marketing Coordinator. Having played instruments and written music since she was 9 years old, she sees the incredible impact that music education and creative expression can have on a young woman’s experience. Having graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology, Kaylyn is passionate about mental health awareness and the ways that music can provide opportunities for growth and for healing. Prior to working at Northwest Girlchoir, she spent two years working in homeless youth programs in the Seattle area, and hopes to incorporate an inclusive approach to ensure that Northwest Girlchoir has the privilege to work with young women from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Kaylyn also has several years of visual arts experience that she is excited to bring to her role, and she hopes to use her skillset capture and convey the very best of Northwest Girlchoir.

 

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Jeannine Clarke, Director of Development & Community Engagement
Joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2018

Jeannine is thrilled to join the dedicated staff at Northwest Girlchoir as the Director of Development and Community Engagement. Jeannine is passionate about the performing arts and fundraising for youth arts programs. Originally from Oregon, Jeannine holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Washington and has worked in non-profit arts for 10 years. Prior to Northwest Girlchoir, Jeannine spent 5 years fundraising for Village Theatre, which included running two highly successful youth education fundraisers annually. Jeannine is a Board Member and Treasurer for Theatre Puget Sound, and also an active performer and director in the improv community. She is a company performer at Unexpected Productions, Twisted Flicks at Jet City Improv, and is also the founder and Artistic Director of Seattle Experimental Theater.  As a former “drama kid”, she believes in the positive impact that arts education can have for young women and looks forward to fundraising and advocating for Northwest Girlchoir.

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