Artistic Staff

Jennifer Call,
Artistic Director, Touring Choir Director, Primary Choir Director (Oberlin)
Jennifer Call has been directing an Oberlin Choristers choir for the past 11 years.  She directed Intermediate Choir from 2001 - 2008, Concert Choir from 2008 – 2010, Touring Choir 2010-present and became Artistic Director in 2011.  She is a staff member of the World Music Festival where she conducts the Festival Choir and teaches Folk Dance.  Mrs. Call holds a BME from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music from The University of Akron.  Mrs. Call has been a guest lecturer at The University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and The Ohio State University as well as guest conductor and clinician throughout the state.  She is an active member of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association where she serves as the state Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children's Choirs.

Angela Bak,
Intermediate Choir Director (Oberlin)

Angela Bak led the Intermediate Choir from its founding in 1996 until 2002.  She returned in 2008 and is enjoying directing with the Choristers even more this second time.  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 Kodaly emphasis at Capital University in 2001.  She and her husband reside in a circa 1892 farmhouse in Amherst, where she may be found playing with her daughters, experimenting in the kitchen, and working in the garden.

Cynthia Orr,
Primary Choir Director (Westlake)
Mrs. Orr teaches general music to grades K-4 at Avon Lake's Redwood and Westview Elementary Schools.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Capital University in 1992.  While studying at Capital she had the opportunity to study at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary.  In 2001 Mrs. Orr received her Master of Music Education degree with a Kodály Emphasis from Capital.  She is a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of the American Choral Director's Association.

Tim Unger,
Youth Chorale Director
Tim Unger is the Choral Director, Department Chair, and Coordinator of the School of Fine Arts at Lake Ridge Academy. His choral responsibilities include running the Middle and Upper School choral programs, including curricular and extra-curricular ensembles, and acting as musical director for the stage productions put on by the Fine Arts Department. He also serves as director of the Chancel Choir at the United Methodist Church of Berea, participating in regular Sunday morning services throughout the year. Tim has worked extensively in the Edmonton, Alberta choral community, working with several community choirs and music programs there as well as with numerous groups in Cincinnati including the Cincinnati Children’s Choir and the University of Cincinnati Choruses. He holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College. Tim is on the board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association, serving as the Chair of Youth and Student initiatives.
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Michelle Swislocki,
Intermediate Choir Director (Westlake)
Michelle Swislocki teaches vocal music to grades Kindergarten – 4 at Avon Lake’s Eastview and Erieview Elementary Schools.  Mrs. Swislocki had taught at the Choristers’ World Music Festival since its inception eight years ago, and is also a cantor at St Bernadette church in Westlake.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2000.  Mrs. Swislocki earned a Master of Music Education degree with a Kodály emphasis from Capital University in 2002.  She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of Kodály Educators, and is treasurer of N.O.C.K.A., the Cleveland area Kodály chapter.  Mrs. Swislocki and her husband, Jim, live in Rocky River with their three children.

Lisa Van Scyoc,
Concert Choir Director

Lisa Van Scyoc is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master of Music in vocal performance.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University.  Lisa currently is a music specialist in the Lakewood City Schools and was the Director of Music at Christ United Methodist Church in Cleveland for twenty four years, 1988-2012.   She also was the Touring Choir accompanist in 2008-2010.  In addition to her public school experience, Lisa taught Music for Elementary Education Majors at Baldwin Wallace College from 1996 - 2002.  She also enjoyed singing with the Robert Page/Cleveland Singers from 1990-2003.  Lisa is member of the American Choral Directors Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, and the Cleveland Kodaly and Orff Chapters.

Administrative Staff

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Executive Director

Christopher Neely

Christopher 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.

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Accountant

Jamie Reis

Jamie  is a financial efficiency expert and audit specialist. A former college professor who serves on several community boards, Jamie holds an A.A.B. from Washington State Community College and a B.B.A. from Ohio University. 

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Artistic Director

Emily Capece

Emily Capece enjoys a varied career as a conductor, singer, and teacher. Emily has taught music at all levels, including schools in Okinawa, Japan, Fairfax County, Virginia, New York City, and Charleston.

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Office assistance

Student Assistant

Each season Choristers hosts a Community Based Work Study student. 

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Operations Manager

Amanda Anderson

Since 2013 Amanda has been managing our daily administrative business, producing and promoting our concerts and fundraisers. After managing multiple financial firms, she was excited to get back to a music based career with Choristers. 

Conductors

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Jubilate Musica Conductor

Angela Bak

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.

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Cantate Musica Conductor

Marie Cox

Marie Cronje-Cox was born in Cape Town, South Africa, a country famous for its extremely rich choral culture. Marie has sung in multiple world renowned choral groups, competing on national and international stages. She has a BMusic Degree in Orchestral Studies and a MM Degree in Solo performance from the University of Stellenbosch, SA. Marie was Principal Percussionist/Associate Timpanist 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. Marie serves as Music Director of Avon United Methodist Church, Music and Choral Director of HEARTS for Jesus Christ,  and is 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.

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Dulcis Musica Conductor

Rebekah Dovci

Rebekah loves teaching music to students of all ages and enjoys working with the littlest ones of the Oberlin Choristers family in Dulcis Musica. Rebekah currently directs choir and music classes at Heskett Middle School in the Bedford City School District. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in 2018 and has taken Levels training in Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory. She enjoys teaching private voice lessons and singing in the Westshore Chorale as well as engaging in various contemporary a cappella opportunities in the area. She is from Avon Lake and actually sang with the Oberlin Choristers for a few years while growing up. She now resides in Parma, though her heart always feels most at home when by the Lake.

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una voce musica Conductor

Tim Unger

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.

Board of Directors

 

Oberlin Choristers is provided support and oversight by our Board of Directors.  This group of individuals understand and embrace the mission of the organization, and serve as advocates for the organization by promoting Oberlin Choristers to the community and attending all performances and special events.  Directors actively share with others the importance of philanthropic support, and regularly offer their skills and resources to the organization

 

If you are interested in learning more about our Board of Directors, please contact Christopher Neely, Executive Director at christopher@ochoristers.org.

 

Board of Directors:

Holly Linden, President

Doug Gray, Vice President

Rob Pedersen, Secretary

Katherine Plank, Founder and Emeritus Artistic Director

Dr. Kaitlyn Korn

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