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 Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington, and is a recipient of the Inspirational Faculty Award and 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.
Having served in several leadership positions for the WA-American Choral Directors Association Board, she is the 2011 recipient of its Leadership and Service Award. She was inducted into the Washington State Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2016. 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 and served as visiting faculty at VanderCook College of Music. A noted composer and arranger, she has published through Pavane Publishing, Hal Leonard Publishing, and Colla Voce Publishing. She also edits two 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
Jinshil Yi, Accompanist
OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Martha Leonhardt, Managing Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cynthia Flores, Member Coordinator (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
Cassidy Sharrett, 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