Staff

Michele Adams

Assistant Artistic Director, CC, CIA and CI Conductor

Michele Adams joined the BCC in 2007 as the Assistant Artistic Director. In this role, Adams conducts three choirs at the intermediate and advanced levels and directs the innovative education program for urban singers. A native of South Carolina, Adams has taught in the public schools in New York City and more recently in Omaha, Nebraska where she was also a staff member of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society.

Adams earned her Bachelor of Music in music education from The University of South Carolina and a Master of Music in choral conducting from Florida State University. She is an active speaker and adjudicator. Adams and her husband, Nick, have two daughters and are active musicians in their church.

madams@bostonchildrenschorus.org
617-778-2242

Julia Carey

CC and CI Accompanist

Julia Carey joined the BCC in 2008 where she currently serves as an Accompanist. Carey has been a music director, accompanist, or vocal coach for over thirty opera and musical theater productions. In addition, Carey accompanies a chorus at the Boston Arts Academy, and sings in the choir at Trinity Church in Copley Square.

As one of the first graduates of the Harvard-New England Conservatory joint degree program, Carey recently received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in composition from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Michael Gandolfi. Carey is currently enrolled in a second master's degree program in collaborative piano at Boston University.

Jenny Chou

Accompanist

Caroline Harvey

CU and WEH Accompanist

Caroline Harvey joined the BCC in 2008 as an Accompanist. A native of Iowa, Harvey accompanied the VU Kantorei and Chorale under the batons of Lorraine Brugh, Christopher Cock, Dennis Friesen-Carper and Craig Jessup. She has appeared on concerts throughout the United States, Germany, and England and spent a year as a rehearsal accompanist for the Florida State University Opera department.

Harvey received her Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from Valparaiso University and recently completed her Master's degree in Collaborative Piano at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.

Ben Hires

Director of Programs

Ben Hires joined the BCC in July 2009 as the Director of Programs. In this role, Hires is responsible for providing direction, management and coordination of all choir activities. Hires has held positions at the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras where he learned the importance of music in young people’s lives. Prior to the BYSO, Hires served as a counselor at an outdoor therapeutic program for teens in Paint Rock Valley, Alabama. Prior to BCC, Hires served as the Executive Director of the New England String Ensemble. Hires serves as president of the BU Arts Administration Alumni Association and is a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sister program of Massachusetts Bay.

Hires earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science, a Master of Theological Studies, and a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University.  Ben is an avid triathlete, competing in Ironman events since 2013.

bhires@bostonchildrenschorus.org
617-245-6036

Emily Howe

PC, CI, VV and SB Teaching Fellow

Emily Howe joined the BCC in 2009 as an Accompanist and currently serves as a Teaching Fellow. A native of Frederick, Maryland, Howe is active as a soloist and chamber musician in both piano and voice, having performed with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and sung with the Davidson College Concert Choir and Chorale. Emily’s work as founder and conductor of The Davidson Singers led the Department of Music to award her the distinction of Honors.

Howe earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Music and English from Davidson College, where she studied piano, voice, and conducting. She earned her Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Boston University, where she serves as the Director of the Boston University Choral Society.

Sarah Koonce

PC Accompanist

Sarah Koonce joined the BCC in 2008 as an Accompanist. Previous positions for accompanying and/or musical direction include Emerson College, New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Interlochen Arts Camp, New England Light Opera, Seaside Music Theatre, Stonehill College, Belvoir Terrace, Sharing a New Song (Cuba and South Africa tours), and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Koonce also accompanied for the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Quartet in an educational program that reaches over 10,000 students a year in the greater Boston area, and accompanied H&H’s Young Women’s Chorus. Her piano teaching experience includes H&H’s Saturday School at Boston Latin and the Chestnut Hill School. She also sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has toured Europe and performed in Carnegie Hall.

Koonce holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from Florida State University, where she studied piano, voice and organ. She also completed a fellowship in vocal accompanying/coaching at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Erick R. Lopez

Manager of Programs

Joining the Boston Children’s Chorus in 2013 as the Manager of Programs, Erick R. Lopez came with a diverse background in the arts. With experience as an actor, vocalist, stage manager, and arts administrator, he has worked throughout the South Florida theatre circuit. Throughout his career he has performed a variety of roles within non-profit cultural organizations including Programs Coordinator at The National YoungArts Foundation, Education Outreach Coordinator for Mission San Luis, and Stage Manager at both the New Theatre and the Miami Shores Performing Arts Theatre. A Cuban-American transplant to the Boston area, Erick looks forward to supporting such a talented and diverse group of young voices at the Boston Children’s Chorus.

Erick is bilingual (English/Spanish) and his educational background includes time spent studying musical theatre at Miami-Dade College and New World School of the Arts and completed his degree in Arts Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

elopez@bostonchildrenschorus.org
617-245-6042

Fanny Lora

CIA, DI, DAT, CT, and WEH Teaching Fellow

Fanny Lora joined the BCC in the summer of 2012 as a Teaching Fellow.  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Fanny is a dedicated and multifaceted soprano whose engaging personality communicates directly with an audience. Fanny's love for languages, dance, and music set her a part as a promising artist. She holds Music Performance and Music Education degrees from Ithaca College. 

John Reynolds

DAT, DI, and SB Conductor

John Reynolds, Neighborhood Choir Conductor for the Boston Children’s Chorus, has been with the BCC for five years. Currently, John conducts the South Boston Training Choir, the Dorchester Advanced Training Choir, and the Dorchester Intermediate Choir 

John is an active performer and educator throughout Greater New England. As an educator, he has taught in various public schools, after-school music institutions, children’s choruses, and several community center teen leadership programs. In addition to his responsibilities at BCC, John teaches K-5 General Music and Chorus with the Cambridge Public Schools.

A versatile performer, John has performed with Opera Cleveland, Opera Providence, and Boston Opera Collaborative. 

John holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College, Conservatory of Music. He is a Kodály certified educator, having recently completed Level III Kodály certification at New England Conservatory and has received additional performance training from the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, and the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA).
 

jreynolds@bostonchildrenschorus.org

Sarah Riskind

Teaching Fellow, DI & DAT

Sarah Riskind is an active participant in the Boston musical scene as a choral conductor, composer, vocalist, and music educator. She holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a B.A. in Music from Williams College. As a choral conductor, Ms. Riskind has directed ensembles at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, The Walden School, and Williams College. She directs the choral program at the First Parish Church of Berlin, MA and assistant-conducts the Renaissance ensemble Convivium Musicum. Her compositions have been performed by choruses and chamber ensembles in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Riskind also teaches music at the German International School of Boston and at The Walden School, a unique summer camp in New Hampshire that nurtures creativity in young musicians.

Heather Rogers

Director of Finance and Administration

Heather Rogers joined the BCC in July 2009 as the Director of Finance and Administration. She brings over a decade of experience to BCC, including corporate finance as well as nonprofit finance and accounting, operations management, IT and database management and revenue recognition. Her experience in the nonprofit sector includes four years at From the Top where she managed the finance office. Rogers resides in Ashland with her husband and two daughters. She is active in her community where she currently sits on the board of the Volunteer Family. She is a 2009 graduate of the Leadership Metrowest Academy.

Rogers earned her Master’s of Science in Finance from Suffolk University and her Bachelor’s degree in French Literature and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire.

hrogers@bostonchildrenschorus.org
617-245-6039

Annie Schreiber

Development Operations Manager

Joining BCC in 2014, Annie Schreiber is originally from Chicago and now calls Boston home. She has worked in volunteer management and development since 2006. Her professional experience includes work at several charities and in higher education. Career highlights include successfully rebranding a young professional group and coordinating large scale corporate volunteer projects for housing and emergency services. Most recently, Annie supported a team of major gift officers to manage their portfolios and enhance and standardize processes during a comprehensive campaign. When not at work, Annie enjoys studying improv and volunteering for various political campaigns.

Annie earned a B.S. in Speech with a concentration in Marketing from Emerson College.

aschreiber@bostonchildrenschorus.org
617-245-6033

Whitney Simmonds

CU and VV Conductor

Whitney Simmonds is excited to return to BCC as the Choral Union and Villa Victoria Training Choir conductor. Whitney worked as a BCC Teaching Fellow for 2008 - 2010 seasons, and has spent the past two years at Colorado State University pursuing her Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting. During her time in Colorado, she conducted the CSU Women's Chorus and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Whitney also holds Kodaly certification from Colorado State, and a Bachelor's degree from Colby College. In addition to her work at BCC, Whitney is the music and choir teacher at Derby Academy in Hingham. 

wsimmonds@bostonchildrenschorus.org 

Jan Woiler Meuse

Director of Institutional Giving

Jan Woiler Meuse joined the BCC in 2004 having been an arts administrator and violinist in the Boston area since 1986.  Jan successfully secures and oversees BCC’s foundation and government funding relationships. These grants represent approximately 50% of revenues, the largest portion of revenue in BCC’s operating budget each year.

Prior to joining BCC, she served as General Manager of the Zamir Chorale; as Business Manager for Libana, the renowned seven-woman world folk ensemble; and held management roles with Triptych and the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Boston. An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Woiler Meuse performed with the Boston Philharmonic, is a regular staff assistant and participant in the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East, and toured with the Santa Monica Chamber Symphony. Her professional experience also includes a 14-year tenure as an administrator for BankBoston.

Woiler Meuse earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

jwoiler@bostonchildrenschorus.org
617-245-6038