Staff and Board of Directors

Artistic Staff

Sarah Harrison
Assistant Conductor

Sarah Harrison teaches choir and AP Music Theory at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village. Under her direction, choirs have appeared at several regional and state conventions. Prior to CCHS, Sarah opened and spent five years at Silver Creek Middle/Senior High School in Longmont, Colo. In addition to teaching, Sarah sings with various ensembles throughout the community, including Kantorei, and is an orchestra and jazz string bassist. She was Kantorei’s Interim Director for the 2013-2014 season, and recently served as Colorado’s ACDA High School Mixed Repertoire and Standard Chair. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree, with instrumental and vocal certification, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and her Master of Music in conducting and music education from Colorado State University.

Alicia Rigsby

Alicia Rigsby came to Colorado in 1997 after completing her Master of Music degree in piano performance and music theory at Indiana University, Bloomington. Alicia is one of the original members of Kantorei, both as a singer and accompanist.

Alicia also performs with the Estes Trio and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and has attended and performed at the Aspen Music Festival.  She teaches music at the Homeschool Connection, an extension of Woodrow Wilson Academy in Westminster.  She is passionate about music as an art form, a teaching tool and an expressionistic medium and enjoys having all of those musical opportunities in her life. In her free time, she likes to hike, camp, ski and cycle with her husband and two daughters.

Administrative Staff

Steve Grupe
Executive Director

Steve Grupe comes to Kantorei with nearly 25 years’ experience in performing arts administration, having previously worked with Opera Omaha, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. A native Nebraskan and a graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska, Steve also did graduate work in choral conducting at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He began his career in the arts as a high school music educator in suburban Cleveland, where he sang with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for two seasons, joining them on a tour to Carnegie Hall. In his spare time, Steve’s interests include travel, opera, and the daily New York Times crossword puzzle.

MichaelSara-18Sara Michael
Administrative Assistant & Librarian

Sara Michael joined Kantorei in 2009. Born and raised in Denver, Sara studied at Hesston College and Goshen College, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. Sara has performed with Anima Chamber Ensemble, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Summer Choralfest with Howard Skinner, Opera on Tap, Wellshire Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir, Augustana Lutheran Chamber Choir, and various local theatre productions. In her free time, she is a ballet mom and enjoys camping, reading, sewing, and crocheting.

Board of Directors

Keith Ferguson, President

Jason Hindman, Vice President & Development Committee Chair

Susan Lewkow, Treasurer

Juli Orlandini, Secretary

Members at Large:

Mark Aquilina
Michael Bizzaro
Matt Gierke
Kevin Gunnerson
Jennifer Moore