Staff & Board
Interim Artistic Director
Andrew Seifert joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2007; 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.
Beth Ann Bonnecroy
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.
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
Charity is excited to be joining Northwest Girlchoir as the new Prep Choir Director. She has been teaching elementary music in the Edmonds School District for five years, and spent one year teaching in Lake Washington School District before that. In her current position, she teaches K-6 general music, an elective 4-6 choir, and an auditioned 6th grade handbell choir. She is also an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and sings with the Evensong Choir and Women's Compline Choir at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. In 2018, the Evensong Choir spent a two-week residency singing in cathedrals in England, and Charity is excited to return for another two-week residency in August 2022. She holds a Kodaly certification and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from Seattle Pacific University.
Minju Kim joins Northwest Girlchoir this year as Lead Accompanist. A native of South Korea, she has been active as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist, currently at Shoreline Community College and Seattle University. Minju's avid interest in chamber music led her to play at Bowdoin International Music Festival and Music Academy of the West as a fellow in collaborative piano. Also, she served as a chamber pianist for chamber groups playing piano trios at the Heifetz International Music Institute. Minju holds degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University in Korea (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M. and P.D.), and University of Texas in Austin, (D.M.A.), as well as a M.M. in collaborative piano from New England Conservatory.
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 and Mussoorie, India. 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. Besides her accompanying work she is the conductor of Con Brio Women's Choir and co-conductor (with Beth Ann Bonnecroy) of Wanderlust Women's Choir of Seattle. 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 became our accompanist for Fresca and Prep Choir in 2012. 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.
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. As a choral musician herself, Jill knows personally the value of connecting with people through music. She lives in North Seattle with her husband, percussionist Rob Tucker, her daughter and NWGC chorister Rosalie, and her son Leo.
Kevin Carson sang in choirs throughout his schooling and now sings with Seattle Men’s Chorus which he joined as soon as he moved to Seattle after college. After realizing corporate work life was not for him, Kevin made the move to non-profit arts and began working for Seattle Men’s Chorus. Although he never imagined himself doing fundraising, he quickly discovered the joy of talking to people about their shared love of choral music and helping them ensure its success. In the twenty years he worked for Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, Kevin learned a lot about non-profit arts administration, especially as it applies to choruses, and he is excited to bring that experience to Northwest Girlchoir. He strongly feels that music is a powerful tool in the important work of social change and is thrilled to work with Northwest Girlchoir to empower women’s voices in the on-going work of creating a more just and beautiful world.
Ann Selznick joined Northwest Girlchoir in 2021 to further her life-long passion for music. Prior to relocating with her family to Seattle, Ann built a career in recording studios and music publishing in New York City. Her music business vocation began with assisting audio engineers at the eclectic studio Water Music, recording independent artists such as Yo La Tengo, Freedy Johnston and the Feelies. She later managed operations at midtown Manhattan's Sound On Sound Studios, hosting top major label and international recording artists of all genres including choral, classical, pop, jazz, rap, hip-hop, rock, advertising, film and foley. Ann then pivoted to Cherry Lane Music Publishing to audit royalty statements for the Elvis Presley and John Denver catalogs, DreamWorks Pictures and thousands of additional compositions. Whether setting up microphones or tracking down royalties, she enjoys and excels working behind the scenes supporting the creation of music. Ann earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University. She has been an active volunteer and board member for Crown Hill Village Association and Ballard (High School) Performing Arts Boosters.
Choir Operations Coordinator
Stephanie is so excited to be a part of the Northwest Girlchoir administrative team because it brings together some of her favorite things - music, people and event production. Graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Arts in History and a minor in Music Theory, Stephanie wasn't sure where her career path would take her until she accepted the position of Volunteer & Community Services Coordinator at Harborview Medical Center. This is where her love of working in events was born. Since then, she has worked several years in event and operations production for many non-profit groups in the Pacific Northwest including Intiman Theatre, Northwest Folklife, 5th Avenue Theatre and Town Hall Seattle. Stephanie also works part time as a floral designer, another creative passion of hers. She is looking forward to working with the choristers and their families and continuing its focus on being a safe and inclusive creative community.
Rachel Oliver grew up in the Seattle area singing in school choirs as well as the Seattle Children’s Chorus. She continued in choral music and private voice instruction when attending Shoreline Community College and Western Washington University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Currently, the Mill Creek Chorale is where she continues her joy for singing. Music has always been such an important part of her life, and she is so excited to be able to help foster that interest and passion for young girls. Before joining the team at NWGC, Rachel obtained many years of experience as a marketing and communications professional honing her design skills and use of creative expression along the way. She hopes her collective experience with companies ranging from radio, theatre and live music venues will create the perfect balance as the Marketing Coordinator. Rachel resides in Kirkland with her husband Nathaniel Chapman, who is also a recording artist. They recently welcomed their first child Evelyn in February 2021 and think they will definitely have a future NWGC chorister on their hands.
Professor of Marketing & International Business, University of Washington
Senior Manager, Innovation Development, University of Washington
Senior Application Systems Engineer, University of Washington
Event Planner; Northwest Girlchoir Alum
Senior Policy Advisor for Climate to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee
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Clinical Research Coordinator, Seattle Children's Research Institute; Northwest Girlchoir Alum
Architect, Best Practice Architecture
Massage Therapist; Northwest Girlchoir Alum
Medical Hospitalist at Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett
Consultant, AssuredPartners MCM
Immediate Past President
Freelance Parenting Writer
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Washington
Founder & Executive Director, Ahana
Choral Director, Tukwila School District