Our singers come from all around the South Puget Sound region, from Port Orchard to Enumclaw to South King County to North Thurston County. Our singers go to public schools, private schools, parochial schools, and are homeschooled. They have a diversity of interests but a shared love of music. Our alums are teachers and nurses and opera singers and music teachers and artists and military personnel and entrepreneurs.
OUR ARTISTIC STAFFJudith Herrington, Founder and Artistic Director | Director, Chamber Choir, Women's Choir, Chorale
Ms. Herrington brings more than 35 years of teaching and conducting experience to her work at Tacoma Youth Chorus and Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, where she received the Inspirational Faculty Award and the Murray Foundation Chair for Teaching Excellence. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Ms. Herrington earned her Master of Education degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has furthered her conducting studies through master classes with Rodney Eichenberger and Henry Leck. She has served on the Washington American Choral Directors Association Board as R&S Chair for Children’s Choirs, President and Past-President of the Board and is the 2011 recipient of its Leadership and Service Award. She is an inaugural member of the School of Arts and Communication Advisory Board at Pacific Lutheran University.
Ms. Herrington is highly regarded as a guest conductor, workshop and choral clinician. Mostly recently, Ms. Herrington has conducted all-state and regional honor choirs and festivals in Texas, Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Tennessee and Tokyo. She conducted the Junior All-State Honor Choir at the Washington Music Educator Association’s annual convention in 2014. She served as visiting faculty for graduate coursework at VanderCook College of Music. A noted composer and arranger, she has published choral compositions, arrangements and co-authored choral teaching texts through Pavane Publishing, Hal Leonard Publishing, and Colla Voce Publishing. She also edits a choral series for Pavane Publishing. Email Mrs. Herrington.
Alonso Brizuela, Director, Men's Choir
Leann Conley-Holcom, Director, Concert Choir
Connie Schmidt, Teacher, Music Makers and Director, Choristers
Amy Elizabeth Boers, Accompanist
Michael Vebber, Accompanist
Jinshil Yi, Accompanist
In Memory of Kerry Franzke
For more than 20 years, Kerry Franzke accompanied choirs at Tacoma Youth Chorus, most recently the Music Makers (grades K-1) and Choristers (grades 2-3). Her love of children was a perfect fit for our youngest artists as they proudly shared their musical accomplishments with Mrs. Franzke. Her encouragement always meant so much to the children. It was always a special treat when she played her accordion!
In addition to her work with Tacoma Youth Chorus, Mrs. Franzke performed with her husband, Steve, a flutist. She composed and published music for solo instruments and piano. In addition to piano, she played the organ and harpsichord.
With Steve by her side, Mrs. Franzke peacefully passed away at home after a brief illness. We cherish the music we made with her over the years and will miss her very much.
OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Martha Leonhardt, Managing Director (email@example.com)
Cynthia Flores, Member Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Heidi Waltos, Administrative Assistant (email@example.com)
Jill Westwood, Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
OUR REHEARSAL STAFF
Alexis Silva, Music Makers Classroom Assistant
Alexis Silva, Choristers Rehearsal Assistant
Cynthia Flores, Concert Choir Rehearsal Assistant
Cynthia Flores, Chamber Choir and Chorale Rehearsal Assistant
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ken Sharp, Board President
Kurt Graupensperger, Vice-President
Fanny Roberts, Secretary
Matt Rettig, Treasurer
Rebecca Bowlby Peters
Zari Semerdjian, Lifetime Member
“Serving as the President of Tacoma Youth Chorus has been a very gratifying experience, allowing me to give back to a group that provides so much to young people. My personal journey began when my daughter Chloe joined TYC three years ago. Like many other parents, I first thought Tacoma Youth Chorus was simply a place where kids would learn to sing. But I quickly learned that it’s so much more than that, captured eloquently in our mission statement: “Lifting young hearts and minds through excellence in choral music.” The gifted artistic staff of Tacoma Youth Chorus truly inspires young people in a rich and collaborative learning environment, allowing them to grow in poise and self-confidence, reaching heights they had not imagined. When the practice and the artistry come together during a performance, you are witness to a wonderful transformation that has taken place in these young people that is simply magical. Tacoma Youth Chorus provides our community with beautiful musical performances and I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.”
~ Ken Sharp, Board President