Staff and Board of Directors

Artistic Staff

Sarah Branton
Assistant Conductor

Sarah Branton teaches choir and AP Music Theory at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, CO. Under her direction, choirs have performed at numerous state and regional conventions, Carnegie Hall, and have toured around the world. Prior to Cherry Creek, Ms. Branton taught in Longmont, CO and Blaine, MN. She also currently serves as Assistant Director, Section Leader, and sings with Kantorei. Additionally, she has been on faculty at the summer Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska, she sings with various ad hoc ensembles throughout the community, and is an orchestral and jazz string bassist. She currently serves on the Colorado All-State Choir board and has previously served on the Colorado ACDA board. Ms. Branton holds music degrees from St. Olaf College and Colorado State University and studies continuing education through Berklee College of Music.

Alicia Rigsby
Collaborative Pianist

Alicia Rigsby fell in love with choral music while singing in the St. Olaf Choir and earning a Bachelor of Music degree at Saint Olaf College. She moved to Colorado in 1997 after receiving her Master of Music degree in piano performance and music theory from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is one of the founding members of Kantorei, and participates both as a singer and a collaborative pianist.

Alicia has attended and performed at the Aspen Music Festival and has also performed with the Estes Trio and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. She owns Children’s Music Academy in Erie, Colorado, where she teaches group piano classes and shares the joy of music with her students. She is passionate about music as an art form, a teaching tool and an expressionistic medium, and is grateful to have so many musical opportunities in her life. In her free time she likes to get outside in the mountains with her family.

Administrative Staff

MichaelSara-18Sara Michael
Business Manager

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, Bethany Lutheran Chancel Choir,  Augustana Lutheran Chamber Choir, and various local theatre productions.

Becca Hyvonen
Marketing & Communications Manager

Alison Roman
House Manager

Board of Directors

Jennifer Moore, President

John Bartley, Vice President

Leslie Britton, Treasurer

Melissa Menter, Secretary

Members at Large:
Judy Bloomberg Schenkein
Josh Corwyn
Desiree Deliz-Morales
Scott Horowitz