Our Singers

Kantorei’s choral artists have studied at schools with strong music programs across the United States such as Baylor University, Brigham Young University, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, St. Olaf College, Wartburg College, and Westminster Choir College. Many of the singers serve as choral music educators, conductors, and teachers. Kantorei’s volunteer singers come from all walks of life, yet share a common passion for choral music. 


Sopranos

Vicki Bailey
Member since: 2019
Alma Mater: University of Southern California (MM), University of Colorado (BME)
Occupation: Middle School Choir Teacher
Fun Fact: I think cilantro tastes like soap.

Kim Dunninger
Member since: 2012
Alma Mater: University of Oregon, MM in Choral Conducting; University of Maine at Orono, BM - Ed
Occupation: Choir Teacher, Rocky Top MS in Thornton
Fun Fact: I have seen “Wicked” 10 times!
Beryl Fanslow Wilson
Member since: 2009
Alma Mater: Denver University
Occupation: Yoga instructor/studio manager
Fun Fact: Although unreasonably terrified of sharks, I love sea kayaking.

Chrissie Graham
Member since: 2017
Alma Mater: Pacific Lutheran University (undergrad), Arizona State University (graduate)
Occupation: Clinical psychologist
Fun Fact: Climbed all of Colorado’s fourteeners
Heather Gunnerson
Member since: 2006
Alma Mater: Colorado State University
Occupation: At home mom, decorator of cookies, social media and online marketing director at Spencer’s Lawn and Garden Center in Colorado Springs. Still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.
Fun Fact: I’m so terrible at sports, I broke my leg playing softball in 7th grade gym class. Walking backwards.

Stacie Hanson

Member since: 2005
Alma Mater: Pacific Lutheran University
Occupation: Social Worker
Fun Fact: Because of a song she learned in 6th grade choir, Stacie can STILL (many, MANY years later) sing the names of all the presidents in chronological order. This fun party trick makes her occasionally useful at pub trivia nights.

Jade Howard
Member since: 2016
Alma Mater: Brigham Young University
Occupation: I am a stay-at-home mom to four sons and a private voice teacher.
Fun Fact: I love to play ultimate frisbee!
Shannon Lemmon-Elrod
Member since: 2007
Alma Mater: Idaho State University
Occupation: Elementary Music Teacher
Fun Fact: My favorite place to visit is Yellowstone National Park.

Paige Lewkow
Member since: 2018
Alma Mater: University of Northern Colorado
Occupation: High School Choir Teacher
Fun Fact: I enjoy running, anything from 5k’s to half marathons!

Sara Michael
Member since: 2009
Alma Mater: Hesston College, Goshen College
Occupation: Business Manager, Kantorei
Fun Fact: Does a pretty flawless impression of the bully from "King of the Hill."

Erin Pettitt
Member since: 2018
Alma Mater: Whitworth University/Northern Illinois University
Occupation: Denver School of the Arts Voice Faculty; private lesson teacher; piano-conductor; vocal/music director; accompanist
Fun Fact: I share my undergrad alma mater with Joel!
Alicia Rigsby
Member since: 1997
Alma Mater: St. Olaf
Occupation: Music teacher
Fun Fact: I think the Great British Baking Show is the best show on television!  But I also enjoy Nailed It...

Pearl Rutherford

Member since: 2002
Alma Mater: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Occupation: Voice teacher/Freelance singer
Fun Fact: My long bucket list includes someday riding a hot air balloon, and learning to tap dance. Also, for some reason, I’ve always wanted to play Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof.

Annie Sullins

Member since: 2010
Alma Mater: Colorado State University
Occupation: Mom, singer
Fun Fact: I am a Colorado Native!


Altos

Emily Alexander
Member since: 2010
Alma Mater: Colorado College
Occupation: Choir and orchestra teacher
Fun Fact: I like to read, practice yoga, and spend time with my family.

Lindsey Aquilina
Member since: 2004
Alma Mater: St. Olaf College
Occupation: VP Relationship Management
Fun Fact: I’m 5th generation Coloradan.

Lyn Berry-Helmlinger
Member since: 2012
Alma Mater: MA: University of Colorado - Boulder, BA: University of Northern Colorado
Occupation: Writer/Communications
Fun Fact: I turned my overzealous enthusiasm about grammar into a paying job.
Sarah Harrison
Member since: 2006
Alma Mater: St. Olaf College
Occupation: choral director
Fun Fact: I love to ski, hike, and paddle board.

Chelsea Kendall
Member since: 2019
Alma Mater: Colorado State University
Occupation: Administrative Assistant at Audio Engineering Academy
Fun Fact: My favorite activities are rock climbing, cross-stitching, and snuggling with my pup.

Melissa Menter
Member since: 1997
Alma Mater: St. Olaf College
Occupation: Corporate Tax Consultant
Fun Fact: I love wind. The kind that blows your hair, fills your lungs with air from somewhere else and makes you feel alive.
Erin Meyerhoff
Member since: 1999
Alma Mater: University of Rochester (BS) & University of Colorado (MS)
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner in Endocrinology
Fun Fact: I make delicious homemade yogurt.
Jenn Moore
Member since: 2005
Alma Mater: Colorado State University
Occupation: Executive Assistant
Fun Fact: Quilting is my passion.

Kali Paguirigan
Member since: 2016
Alma Mater: Eastman School Of Music and CalArts
Occupation: Teacher
Fun Fact: I've sung lots of different kinds of world music over the years, and sang on the opening theme song for Survivor, season 3--Africa!

Tegan Palmer
Member since: 2014
Alma Mater: St. Olaf College (BM Vocal Music Ed); University of St. Thomas (MA Music Ed)
Occupation: Middle School Choir Director
Fun Fact: I didn't start out thinking about music education as a career--I was originally going to be a BioMedical Engineer with the goal of working on prosthetics.
Allison Pasternak
Member since: 2017
Alma Mater: Ithaca College
Occupation: Allison is the Founder and Executive Director of Royal Miles Live (www.royalmileslive.com) and is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Business with Berklee College of Music. She also teaches private voice lessons.
Fun Fact: Allison is a trained Sean-nós (traditional Irish) singer.

Emma Tebbe
Member since: 2019
Alma Mater: Pomona College
Occupation: Data Scientist at Brandfolder
Fun Fact: I'm 6ft but I'm the shortest of my 4 siblings

Andrea Ware-Medina
Member since: 2009
Alma Mater: Drake University, University of Colorado Denver
Occupation: Psychotherapist
Fun Fact: I'd really like to go spelunking again someday.

Tenors

Kai Berry-Helmlinger
Member since: 1997
Alma Mater: University of Colorado, Boulder
Occupation: IT Manager
Fun Fact: Kai is my middle name and everyone calls me Kai. I only use my first name for those official things that you have to use your full name for.
Matthew Eschliman
Member since: 2018
Alma Mater: Doane University
Occupation: Head of Department for Woodwind and Brass Lessons
Fun Fact: I have never gone skiing.
Keith Ferguson
Member since: 2009
Alma Mater: University of Colorado, Boulder and Arvada West High School
Occupation: Consulting Water Resources Engineer also known as the "Dam Engineer"
Fun Fact: I have backpacked over 1800 miles through the mountains and wilderness areas of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana
Mason France
Member since: 2015
Alma Mater: Grinnell College
Occupation: Software developer
Fun Fact: I was born on the same day as my brother, but 8 years apart. His son held out till the next day.
Matt Gierke
Member since: 2015
Alma Mater: Valparaiso University
Occupation: Consultant, Construction Operations
Fun Fact: My Kantorei family says that I'm a darn good cook, but they don't call me "Chef Matt"... yet.
Keith Harrison
Member since: 2005
Alma Mater: Rhodes University, CU Boulder, Metro University
Occupation: Science Teacher
Fun Fact: The surface area of Mars is about the same as all the land surface area of the Earth! ...Oh, you mean a fun fact about me? I get to teach every day in a lab that has a wind tunnel and a bridge crusher!
Steve Howie
Member since: 2001
Alma Mater: Bethany College, Lindsborg KS
Occupation: Minister of Music, Saint Peter Lutheran Church & owner, DaSH Technology, LLC
Fun Fact: 3 kids and a dog make for great times!
Bryce Kennedy
Member since: 2019
Alma Mater: St. Olaf College (BA) Oregon State University (MAT)
Occupation: High School music and art teacher
Fun Fact: I had a recipe published in the state newspaper when I was in first grade.
Sam Low
Member since: 2019
Alma Mater: Iowa State University
Occupation: Operations Innovation and Strategy - DaVita Kidney Care
Fun Fact: I’ve lived in 3 different countries.
Alex Menter
Member since: 1997
Alma Mater: Saint Olaf
Occupation: Medical Oncologist
Fun Fact: Alex is a procurer of gadgets and the bringer of the party.
Jonathan Meyer
Member since: 2019
Alma Mater: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Occupation: Facility Manager
Fun Fact: I am a dual citizen of Canada and the USA.

Jonathan Von Stroh


Basses

Johnny Bartley
Member since: 2017
Alma Mater: Oberlin
Occupation: HR Director
Fun Fact: In college, I spent three Summers basically living “Dirty Dancing” while working at a resort in Maine.
Michael Bizzaro
Member since: 2011
Alma Mater: Ohio Northern University and the University of Colorado at Boulder
Occupation: High School Choir Director
Fun Fact: I lied about my voice classification to get an audition with Kantorei and sang in the “wrong” section for 2 years.
Michael Boender
Member since: 2002
Alma Mater: Wartburg College, University of Houston
Occupation: Optometrist
Fun Fact: Years ago, while doing Outward Bound, I almost sat on a sleeping Porcupine.
Michael Bradford
Member since: 2017
Alma Mater: Baylor University
Occupation: Oncology Account Management
Fun Fact: I enjoy singing, cycling, homebrewing, and barbecuing. But not all at the same time.
Garth Criswell
Member since: 1997
Alma Mater: California Lutheran University
Occupation: Realtor
Fun Fact: Third Generation Coloradan
Andy Halladay
Member since: 2011
Alma Mater: University of Colorado at Boulder
Occupation: Minister of Music
Fun Fact: As an undergraduate music composition student, a wrote a fantasy homage for solo piano using the themes from “Super Mario Brothers.” I named it “Ave Mario.”
Scott Horowitz
Member since: 2017
Alma Mater: B.A., M.A.: Wesleyan University, Ph.D.: University of Michigan
Occupation: Biochemistry Professor
Fun Fact: I enjoy packing, but dislike unpacking.
Brad Jackson
Member since: 2007
Alma Mater: Baylor University
Occupation: Psychologist
Fun Fact: I love to snowboard!
Karl Johnson
Member since: 1997
Alma Mater: University of Colorado in Boulder
Occupation: Building Engineer and Maintenance for Douglas County Schools.
Fun Fact: I lived for 12 years in unincorporated Arapahoe County in a house that backs up to University Boulevard which is quite close to Plymouth. The church to the south of Plymouth was Village Heights - my elementary school. (without the additions)
Brad Larson
Member since: 2004
Alma Mater: St. Olaf College
Occupation: Sales/Independent Manufacturer's Representative
Fun Fact: I sang "My Girl" with the original Temptations at the Las Vegas Hilton showroom!
John Ludwig
Member since: 1997
Alma Mater: Middlebury College
Occupation: Realtor
Fun Fact: I might spend more time singing alto than is considered healthy for a baritone!
Marc Petersen
Member since: 2016
Alma Mater: Currently attending University of Colorado Denver
Occupation: Optical Lab Manager
Fun Fact: I love to travel and try new foods.
John Schaak
Member since: 2011
Alma Mater: Friends University and Colorado University
Occupation: Central Autos Used Car Dealership Owner and School Bus Driver for DCSDK12
Fun Fact: The Van Der Schaak family were makers of chess boards and chess pieces.
Kirk Schjodt
Member since: 2017
Alma Mater: B.A. Music Education - Dana College, Blair Nebraska; M.M. Choral Conducting - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Occupation: Vocal Music Teacher - Arapahoe High School, Centennial, CO.
Fun Fact: Despite more-frequent-than-you'd-think accusations of being named after a famous, fictitious character, neither I, nor my parents, have ever watched an episode of Star Trek.
Griffin Sutherland
Member since: 2018
Alma Mater: New York University
Occupation: Pediatric Trauma Registered Nurse
Fun Fact: I was able to sing back up for Alan Cumming in concert.