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.

 

Stacy has her BA in Linguistics from Miami University, and is currently a professional healer offering private sessions and group workshops in the greater Cleveland area.

Besides enjoying choral music, she can be found working in her garden or crocheting.

DAVID GILSON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

David has served as Artistic Director of the Western Reserve Chorale since 2012. He holds degrees in music from Allegheny College and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with major studies in the fields of vocal performance, conducting and Dalcroze eurhythmics.  David serves as Associate Dean for Student Affairs as well as teaching choral conducting.

 

David currently serves as Director of Music for Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights. He previously served the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls for 23 years. Through the CIM Distance Learning program, he has served as a choral coach and clinician to numerous school choirs across the country. David has also conducted numerous North-East Ohio ensembles including 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 in 2014. David has also served as choral director for 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.

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. 

THE WESTERN RESERVE CHORALE

2020-2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

President - David Bell

Vice President - Kim Bihler

Secretary - Elizabeth Gockel

Treasurer - Brent Robins

 

Samantha Miller, Kelsey Tarase, Mark Wakefield,

Mark Wallach, Sally Wilson

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