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Staff

Name:

Judy Pearson Hafso

Position:

Artistic Director

Name:

Marc A. Hafso

Position:

Artistic Director

Biography: Judy Pearson Hafso holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and since 2004, has taught K-5 music and directed the Lower School choir at Saint George’s School. Currently, she serves SAYC as director of the Piccolini choir. She is also president of the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman). Prior to moving to Spokane, Judy worked as a certified Recreation Therapist, developed intergenerational programs with school districts and long term care facilities, and practiced music therapy with groups and individuals. She is a published composer and is active as a guest conductor and clinician.

Biography: Marc A. Hafso is in his 14th year as professor and director of choral activities at Whitworth University. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Arizona and Michigan State University, where he earned B.A., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees in music education and choral conducting. Marc has gained experience at all levels of choral music education through elementary, secondary and university teaching positions in the United States and Canada. Active as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he is also a published composer. Recently, Marc concluded eight years of service on the board of the Washington State Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, including two years as President.

Name:

Kristina Ploeger

Position:

Director

Biography: Kristina Ploeger has been a part of the Spokane Arts Community for many years, and was formerly the Artistic Director of SAYChoirs. She is the Director of Choral Activities at Eastern Washington University. Kristina earned her MA in Choral Conducting from Eastern Washington University in the Spring of 2001. Before that, she studied at Central Washington University, earning a BM in Music Education. She has enjoyed the opportunities to present clinics at Washington State Music Educator’s Conferences (in association with MENC) and American Choral Director’s Association sponsored events and was the past Washington State Secretary of the International Association of Jazz Educators. As a professional musician, Kristina works often. She is a sought after clinician for many events such as the EWMEA Choral Festival (Spokane, WA), the Amherst College Guest Artist Series (Amherst, MA), the Columbia Basin College Festival (Tri-cities, WA) and various Honor Choirs. As the Artistic Director, Kristina is responsible for overseeing all music staff, choosing music and performance venues. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts through the University of Kentucky. Kristina directs the Le Donne Choir.

Name:

Sarah Hopkins

Position:

Executive Director

Biography: Sarah Hopkins has been working with SAYC for 15 years, since being hired as temporary office help in 2000. Sarah is in charge of the nuts and bolts of making the choir run, including but not limited to: fundraising, sewing, band-aids, graphic design, tour planning, recycling, copier maintenance, party planning (& cooking), vacuuming, and well, you name it. Sarah hails from the great state of Connecticut and has become a true convert to the joys of living in the Inland Northwest. She is grateful for her wonderful co-workers and for her ever-changing to-do list, and is glad that she always has something new to learn.

Name:

Susan Windham

Position:

Accompanist

Biography: Susan Windham is a gifted vocalist, pianist and teacher. She accompanies the Piccolini and Spirare Choirs and is co-Director of the Le Donne Choir. As an opera singer, Susan has performed in Spokane Symphony productions, Spokane Opera and the University of Northern Iowa Lyric Theatre. Her vocal credits include solo work in Mozart’s “Requiem”, Haydn’s “Creation”, Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” and Verdi’s “Requiem”. Susan received her B.A. in piano performance from Eastern Washington University and has studied for her M.A. in vocal performance. Susan is a faculty member at Holy Names Music Center and is an adjunct voice professor at Eastern Washington University.

Name:

Yi-chun Chen

Position:

Accompanist

Biography: Yi-chun Chen joined Spokane Area Children’s Chorus in 2008. Yi-chun was a staff accompanist in ballet and general music instructor at the National Tainan Chia-Chi Girls senior high school before she came to the United States. Yi-chun made her debut in Spokane with Allegro, Baroque and Beyond in 2004. She has performed with Theater Ballet of Spokane, played for ballet master classes and was a staff accompanist for six years at Ballet Arts Academy. She also played in musicals and accompanied choirs at Lewis and Clark High School and Gonzaga Preparatory School, and was the pianist for a concert tour in Taiwan in 2002 with baritone Randel Wagner and oboist David Dutton. Yi-chun holds two masters degrees: a M.A. in piano performance and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Eastern Washington University. Yi-chun currently has a private piano studio and is a staff accompanist for EWU symphonic choir and voice studio.

Name:

Jill Bray

Position:

Accompanist

Biography: Jill Bray is a music educator with many years of public and private teaching experience, recently retired from the Deer Park School District. She has a master's degree in Music Education from Lewis and Clark College and a Bachelor of Music from Washington State University. She has served as accompanist for the WSU Concert Choir, the Spokane Civic Theater, and the Oregon Repertory Singers, among others.