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STACY NEWMAN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

​Stacy is honored to serve as the Executive Director of Western Reserve Chorale. She has been a member since 2000 and has served on the Board of Directors and was the Soprano section leader.

With the completion of the Chorus Management Institute, Stacy feels confident in helping to grow the Chorale in Access, Diversity, and Equity; engage and grow the Board and general membership, and plan for the future with a strong Mission and Vision.

 

Stacy has her BA in Linguistics from Miami University, and is an intuitive energy medicine practitioner. She offers private tele-sessions worldwide and mentors practitioners of various healing modalities.

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DAVID GILSON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

David Gilson has served as Artistic Director for the Western Reserve Chorale since 2012. He also serves as Director of Music for Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights. Additionally, David serves on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and holds degrees in music from Allegheny College and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with major studies in the fields of vocal performance, choral conducting and Dalcroze eurhythmics. David recently stepped down from the Cleveland Institute of Music following a 30-year career of administration and teaching on the faculty (choral conducting and eurhythmics).

David has served as a choral coach and clinician to numerous school choirs across the country. David has also conducted North-East Ohio ensembles including Choral Arts Cleveland, the Singers’ Club of Cleveland, the University Circle Chorale and Chamber Choirs, and the CIM Singers. David appeared as the guest conductor/clinician for the Fireland’s District Music Festival. Additionally, he has also served as choral director for Chagrin Falls UMC, Park Synagogue, Pathfinder Music Camp, Bethany Covenant Church, and the Allegheny College Chapel Choir.

As a vocalist, David has appeared numerous times as a recitalist in Northeast Ohio, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania and as soloist with various choral ensembles.  He has appeared in musicals and operas including productions with the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, CIM Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland.

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SARA SMITH

ACCOMPANIST

With Bachelor & Masters degrees from The Eastman School of Music, Sara works as an educator, arranger, coach and accompanist in the Cleveland area.  Regional venues have included Great Lakes Theatre, Cleveland PlayHouse, PlayHouse Square Foundation, Shaker Ensemble Theatre, Opera Per Tutti, Cleveland Opera on Tour, Blossom Festival Opera, Access to the Arts, and assorted other theatre, dance and choral organizations.

 

Currently a staff accompanist at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, she was previously collaborative staff for 10 years at The Cleveland Institute of Music. She also served as Head of the Accompanying Dept at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where she was on the piano, accompanying and theory faculties for 18 years.  

 

Sara is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 4. 

While the pandemic curtailed our scheduled performances in 2019, we regrouped and learned to rehearse online for our 2020-21 season. The chorale presented its first virtual choir piece during our three-part holiday concert. We recorded new music and created a virtual concert in June 2021. After a season of virtual rehearsals and performances and missing our ability to sing together in person, the members of Western Reserve Chorale have been excited to return to in-person rehearsals (even with masks) and are delighted to invite our audience to join us for a live, in-person and streaming, performance.

 

 

THE WESTERN RESERVE CHORALE

2021-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President - David Bell

Vice President - Kim Bihler

Secretary - Elizabeth Gockel

Treasurer - Andrea Ber

 

Samantha Miller, Kelsey Tarase, Mark Wakefield,

Mark Wallach, Sally Wilson

Thank you for celebrating 30 years of community choral music with us!

THE WESTERN RESERVE CHORALE David Gilson, Artistic Director. Founded in 1992, the Western Reserve Chorale has been following its mission to enhance the quality of life for residents of Cleveland and its suburbs by providing free, high quality performances of choral music. With a membership of over 100 singers of varying musical backgrounds, the Chorale sings music from many periods and styles (Palestrina to Forrest and Schubert to Shearing), including newly commissioned works. WRC’s repertoire focuses on primarily on traditional choral standards and works for chorus and orchestra which include in our most recent years works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Dan Forrest, Karl Jenkins, Ola Gielo, John Rutter and more.