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2017-2018


Adrianna Tam, Conductor

Conductor

Jessica Allen

With conducting experience at collegiate and secondary levels, Jessica Allen is currently the conductor of the University of Michigan Arts Chorale and assistant conductor of University Choir. She previously conducted the University of Michigan Residential College Singers and prepared opera choruses for Mozart?s Cos? fan tutte, Handel?s Giulio Cesare, and Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie. As assistant conductor of the University Women?s Glee Club, she participated in the first annual International Women?s Choir Festival in Curitiba, Brazil, in 2015. At Bowling Green State University, Ms. Allen directed a select ensemble for women and was appointed interim director of the University Women?s Chorus. Under her direction, the choirs at the prestigious Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, collaborated with ensembles at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and Kent State University. In 2011, Hathaway Brown students traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where Ms. Allen co-directed the World Education Alliance Choir at Stormarnschule. Jessica toured as a choral singer with Rider University?s Westminster Chamber Choir in Florence, Italy, in 2008. She has been selected for conducting masterclasses with Dennis Keene, Joe Miller, Harry Christophers, Anton Armstrong, Kathy Saltzman Romey, and Simon Carrington. In 2017, she traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, for an orchestral conducting workshop at the International Conducting Workshop and Festival led by Don Schleicher and Larry Rachleff. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the University of Michigan where she studies conducting with Jerry Blackstone.

Suzanna Mathews, Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor

Thomas Burton

Raised in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Thomas Burton grew up with choral music as his bread and butter. A recent graduate of McGill University's Orchestral Training Program, Thomas has performed as a trombonist with such groups as the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and l'Orchestre Symphonique de l'Agora. He has enjoyed performing as a tenor with some of Canada's finest ensembles, including the acclaimed group Voces Boreales and the National Youth Choir of Canada.

While at McGill Thomas acted as Musical Director and Chorusmaster of the McGill Savoy Society, conducting the society's full cast and orchestra in Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and The Mikado. He served as musical director of the pop group Soulstice A Cappella from 2015-2017, and has been guest conductor of the McGill Wind Symphony and the McGill Schulich Singers. Thomas is a recipient of the Iwan Edwards Prize in Choral Conducting and is currently a graduate student in Choral Conducting at the University of Michigan. He is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Arts Chorale community this year as assistant conductor!