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.
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 H. Chou joined BCC in 2011 as an accompanist. She is a Taiwanese pianist, accompanist, composer, and teacher. She earned her B.A. in Music at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, completed her two masters in Piano Performance and Harpsichord Performance, and also earned a doctorate in Historic Performance at Boston University. She taught chamber music at Harvard University, performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for nine years, and played for MMEA choral festivals, solo and ensemble concerts, and high school musicals, along with a variety of other musical projects in the United States and in Asia. Her recent previous work includes accompanying the choral group In Coro Novo and the Weston and Brookline public school system chorus programs. Her choral compositions are performed widely throughout Asia.
Since 2008, Allyson has worn many hats as an actor, administrator, and teacher. She lived and taught the English language in the Czech Republic and South Korea. In Philadelphia, she worked as an administrator at an engineering firm. Most recently, she performed at the PA Renaissance Faire for their outdoor festival, as well as their Christmas show. She is thrilled to put all of her passions together and apply her skills to BCC.
Allyson recently moved to Boston from her home state of Pennsylvania to begin the MS in Arts Administration Program at Boston University. Allyson earned her BA in Theatre at Temple University.
Manager of Donor Relations
Jenara Gardner joined the Boston Children's Chorus in 2014 as the Manager of Donor Relations. She comes to BCC with a wide range of professional experience, including live arts & entertainment public relations, fundraising, and administrative management. Most recently, she worked in higher education where she managed logistics, data and event strategy for over forty-five annual events.
Jenara is thrilled to utilize her diverse skill set to support the social integration mission of BCC. While singing in choral groups as a child in Main Line, Pennsylvania, she personally experienced the power of music to bridge socio-economic and racial barriers. While Jenara would no longer volunteer to sing a solo, she still finds music, art, and theater to be powerful forces in her life.
Jenara earned her B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing from Northeastern University in Boston. When not at work, she enjoys spending time in the sun with her adorable pets and reading graphic novels.
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 on the Board of Urbanity Dance, the Board of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, as president of the BU Arts Administration Alumni Association, Co-Chair of the Allston Brighton Community Committee of Boston Creates - Boston's arts and cultural planning process and is a College Access Mentor at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
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.
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 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.
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.
Manager of Programs
A native of Southern California and former aspiring optometrist, Ashley migrated to the Atlantic side to make a home in Boston and experience four seasons. She has held positions at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony.
Ashley holds a Master of Arts Management from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. She enjoys reading beach fiction, hiking urban trails, catching up on tv shows, and experimenting with raw veganism in her spare time. A former violinist, bassist, and a cappella-ist, Ashley hopes to continue her classical voice education and learn cello (and gu zheng) in Boston.
DAT, DI, and SB Conductor
John Martha-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).
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.
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.
Senior Manager of Development Operations
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.
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.
Emeric Viani is a music educator in the greater Boston area with special interests in choral music, community-based music education, non-traditional curriculum, world music, and Balinese gamelan. Emeric is the Lower/Middle School music teacher at the Pike School in Andover, and has previously taught chorus and general music at Walsh Middle School in Framingham. In addition to his work as an educator, Emeric is the General Manager for Gamelan Galaka Tika, a Balinese gamelan ensemble at MIT that specializecs in traditional and contemporary Balinese gamelan music.
Prior to moving to Boston, Emeric taught chorus and general music at the Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, NY. He was also the Co-Founder and Director of the Harley Gamelan Ensemble, an intergenerational community gamelan at the Harley School. Emeric holds an M.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Ethnomusicology, in addition to a B.M. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.
Emeric joined BCC as a Teaching Fellow in September 2013. He is excited to continue working with the singers in Choral Union and Young Men’s Ensemble.
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.