Sara Boos is in her sixteenth 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 Vocal Ensemble, 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's Amore singers 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 Vocal Ensemble, Seattle Pro Musica, and Mirinesse Women’s Choir. She was a founding board member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.
Beth Ann Bonnecroy joined the Northwest Girlchoir artistic staff in 2000. Under her direction, Vivace has experienced many achievements including invitational performances with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Kirkland Choral Society and Argosy Christmas Ships. The group has participated annually 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, joining the music faculty at Seattle Pacific University in January of 2013. 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.
Beth Ann Bonnecroy
Andrew Seifert is now in his thirteenth season with Northwest Girlchoir, where he serves as Associate Artistic Director. His primary responsibilities include conducting Amabile and acting as Lead Accompanist for Amore, Ensemble, and the combined choirs. Andrew has performed with Northwest Girlchoir as a conductor and pianist on all of Seattle’s major stages and in a variety of prestigious festival appearances. His touring with Amabile and Amore has included concerts in fourteen countries on four continents and he has been heard with the choirs on numerous recordings, live on Seattle radio (KING-FM), and for televised benefit concerts (KOMO). 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 concerts, workshops, and festivals for the American Choral Director Association (ACDA) and the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and he has written commissions for school, community, and professional choral and instrumental ensembles. 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.
Associate Artistic Director, Amabile Conductor and Lead Accompanist
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).
Prep Choir Conductor
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 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.
Annie Chang-Center started performing as a pianist for foreign dignitaries in her native Taiwan 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 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.
Prep Choir Accompanist
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 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, explores ways to 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.”
Amabile and Fresca Acompanist
Ellie grew up in a very musical family and has been playing instruments and singing her whole life. She especially loves singing jazz and musical theatre.
Ellie graduated from Whitworth University with a B.A. in Music, and from Seattle Pacific University with a Masters in Teaching.
Ellie loves teaching and sharing music with youth and seeing how much joy it can bring. In addition to directing Bravo Choir, Ellie is also the Director of Choirs at Eckstein Middle School and the Choir Director at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church.
Bravo Choir Conductor
Jill Clymer is proud 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.
Kate Speck is a native Seattlelite who grew up surrounded by music. Her father was a concert pianist, and while not musical herself, she loves how music brings people together from diverse backgrounds and languages. Kate joined Northwest Girlchoir in December of 2019, bringing six years of development, communications and event management experience to the organization and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. As a once very shy girl, Kate loves how Northwest Girlchoir builds girls’ confidence, leadership and teamwork skills through music and performance. She looks forward to sharing her passion for female empowerment and equity with the Northwest Girlchoir community. Outside of work, Kate serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Play Therapy Institute and can be found running up and down the Ultimate Frisbee field or hiking in the mountains with her dog, Johnny Cash.
Bio coming soon!
Having been around choral music 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 her love of music and travel.
Hannah graduated from Seattle Pacific University last spring with a B.A. 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 brings strong organization and streamlined logistics for uniforms, tours, concerts, and Spring Fling.
Choir Operations Coordinator
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. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University's Psychology Department, 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 to capture and convey the very best of Northwest Girlchoir.