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Oberlin Choristers
39 S Main St, Ste 242
Oberlin, OH 44074

info@ochoristers.org
Phone: 440-774-4079

Administrative Staff

Christopher Neely

Christopher Neely

Executive Director

Christopher Neely brings a diverse set of experiences to the role of Executive Director of the Oberlin Choristers, having been a professional opera singer, voice teacher, choral director, and higher education administrator. He has served in various roles at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana Wesleyan University, and at Cuyahoga Community College and has a well-developed passion for organizational leadership and excellence. Christopher received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from East Carolina University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was a Dieterle Scholar. An advocate of studying abroad and of domestic service, Christopher trained for two summers in Italy and served a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Christopher is excited to be in his first year with Choristers and looks forward to supporting its continued artistic quality and vibrant presence in Northeast Ohio. When he is not in the office or singing, he enjoys serving as the Director of Music Ministries at Westlake United Methodist Church and making barbeque. Christopher and his wife currently reside in Parma with their Great Dane, Marley.

Emily Capece

Emily Capece

Artistic Director

Emily Capece enjoys a varied career as a conductor, singer, and teacher. An Ohio native, she is returning home after 22 years. Emily spent the last 11 years as the Artistic Director of womanSong, in Charleston, WV, and served on the faculty of the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts teaching choral and vocal music at Marshall University.Formerly, Emily has taught music at all levels, including schools in Okinawa, Japan, Fairfax County, Virginia, New York City, and Charleston. She served as a conductor with the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, the Princeton Girl Choir, and has been a frequent guest conductor and clinician for all-county and all-state choral festivals. Choirs under Capece’s direction have been invited to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and have toured to Italy, San Marino, and Croatia. A certified elementary Montessori teacher, Emily has taught upper elementary, music, and humanities at several Montessori schools in Charleston.
As a singer, Emily has performed in several professional choirs, the internationally noted Spoleto Festival USA, and many regional and community theater productions in principal roles. Most recently, Emily was seen in the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s 2019 production of Mamma Mia! as Donna Sheridan.
Ms. Capece completed her master’s degree in music education and choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and holds bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and music education from Otterbein University. She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Educator Grant to study Mozart Operas in Vienna, Austria.

Amanda Anderson

Amanda Anderson

Operations Manager

Amanda Anderson studied Music Education at Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University. Amanda has performed multiple times as a soprano with the Oberlin College Musical Union. Prior to joining the Oberlin Chorister staff in November 2013, Amanda worked as an Office Manager at a wealth management firm. Amanda and her family live in a century home in Kipton.

Artistic Staff

Angela Bak

Angela Bak

Dulcis Musica & Jubilate Musica Oberlin Conductor

Angela Bak led the Intermediate Choir from its founding in 1996 until 2002. She returned in 2008 and dearly loves working with Jubilate Musica. Angela is Director of Music at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lorain. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oberlin College in 1995 and completed a Master of Music Education with a Kodály emphasis at Capital University in 2001. She and her husband reside with two Chorister daughters in a circa 1892 farmhouse in Amherst, where she may be found experimenting in the kitchen and working in the garden.

Marie Cox

Marie Cox

Cantate Musica Conductor

Marie Cronje-Cox was born in Cape Town, South Africa, a country famous for its extremely rich choral culture. Marie was fortunate to sing in multiple world renowned choral groups, competing on national and international stages. She has a BMusic Degree in Orchestral Studies (percussion and piano) and a MM Degree in Solo performance from the University of Stellenbosch, SA. Marie was Principal Percussionist/Associate Timpanist and alternate keyboardist of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. After moving to the US in Dec 1998 Marie served on the music faculty of the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood from 1999-2009 and during that time furthered her percussion studies at CSU with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to the Cantate Musica Director, she serves as Music Director of Avon United Methodist Church (organist and choir director), Music and Choral Director of HEARTS for Jesus Christ, a large home school co-op on the Westside, and is also a licensed Kindermusik instructor. Marie, a Choristers and home school mom, lives in Avon with her trombonist husband, two children, six cats and a variety of amphibians.

Lynn Fannin

Lynn Fannin

Dulcis and Jubilate Oberlin Accompanist

Lynn has been a piano teacher and accompanist in her community for many years. She is the current accompanist to the Firelands High School choirs, First Baptist Church in Wakeman, and “The Generations” men’s gospel quartet. Lynn and her family have lived and farmed the same land in Camden Township for 7 generations and genuinely love it. She has 2 grown children who live and work locally and she loves spending time with her 2 amazing granddaughters.

Anna Pengov

Anna Pengov

Cantate Musica Accompanist

Anna is an Oberlin Choristers alum and a Music Education Major, Asian Studies minor, at Baldwin Wallace University. Anna is an intern with the Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School’s Women’s Chorus. She is also the Music Director for BW’s premier competitive a cappella group, SŌL A Cappella, and arranges the majority of the group’s music. She teaches piano lessons at TrueNorth Cultural Arts Center in Avon Lake and serves as a pianist and vocalist on the worship team at Grace Church’s Olmsted Falls campus. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, biking, painting, and organizing events in her role as a Resident Assistant at BW. Anna is thrilled to have the opportunity to be on staff with the Oberlin Choristers where her love for choral music began!

Tim Unger

Tim Unger

una voce musica Conductor

Tim Unger is in his 10th season directing una voce musica. He is also the Middle School Director at Lake Ridge Academy. Previously, he served as the Choral Director, Department Chair, and Director of the School of Fine Arts at Lake Ridge. Tim has worked extensively in the choral communities of Edmonton, Alberta, Cincinnati, and Northeast Ohio. Tim holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University.

Carey Wentzel

Carey Wentzel

una voce musica Accompanist

A mother of two Oberlin Choristers (plus one in training), Ms. Carey is thrilled to be the accompanist for una voce musica. Ms. Carey, who has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, teaches private voice lessons and piano lessons in her Lorain home. She performs with Opera Circle, the brand-new Cleveland Chamber Choir, and is very involved with the music program of First Lutheran Lorain, where her husband is Director of Music. Ms. Carey is a member of Music Teachers' National Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Cleveland Piano Teachers' Organization.

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