Artistic Staff

We are proud to announce that Kris Mason, Artistic Director of the Seattle Children’s Chorus recently received the WA ACDA Leadership and Service Award for 2012. Since 1996, WA-ACDA has given this prestigious award to a member of the association who has exhibited outstanding qualities in the areas of musicianship and leadership. These qualities Include, but are not limited, to:• Producer of outstanding choirs, worthy of performing at regional or national ACDA conferences;• Programmer of a wide variety of literature of the highest quality;• Proven abilities as an inspiring and effective clinician, adjudicator, and/or conductor;• An effective communicator;• Demonstrated loyalty and service to ACDA at local, state, divisional, and/or national levels;• A model of strong character and integrity.

SCC_-2Kris Mason founded the Seattle Children’s Chorus in 1989. Under Kris’ leadership, the organization has grown from one small neighborhood choir to a recognized and respected choral arts program, offering six choral levels to young musicians between the ages of three and eighteen.  Along with her work as Artistic Director, Kris conducts Arioso and Intermezzo, the upper- level and intermediate level treble choirs.  ARIOSO has been honored to receive three invitations to perform for Northwestern Regional Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and one invitation to the ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles, 2005.  Her choirs have been privileged to travel throughout Great Britain, Scandinavia, Central Europe, Canada and Brazil, sharing the beauty and joy of singing for audiences at festivals, competitions and in some of Europe’s most exquisite cathedrals.  Kris has served as a past president for Washington State Choristers Guild and the Repertoire and Standards Chair of Children’s Choirs for Washington State American Choral Directors Association. In 2012, Kris was the recipient of the American Choral Directors Association “Leadership and “Service Award” for the state of Washington.  Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Seattle Pacific University.
SCC_-4John Hendrix has been the director of Camerata since 1999, when the newly formed group was called the Chamber Singers.  He has worked in both public and private music education, as well as church music for over 30 years.  Currently, John teaches choral music at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington, and is the choir director at Grace Lutheran Church in Edmonds, Washington.  Under his direction, his choirs have received national recognition, having been invited to perform at a variety of concerts, festivals, and competitions, where they have consistently received top ratings.  John is also a vocalist and has had the opportunity to sing under many conductors and teachers who have had a profound influence, including Robert Shaw, Eric Ericson, Dale Warland, Paul Salumonivich, and Weston Noble.  John has served as Repertoire and Standards Chair for both Community Choirs and Jazz Choirs for the American Choral Directors Association in Washington State.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Seattle Pacific University, and a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Western Washington University.
SCC_-16Jennifer Hanson is director of Brio, the training level of Seattle Children’s Chorus. Jennifer has a degree in Music Education from the University of Indiana. Her 12 year instrumental music teaching experience has included conducting award winning orchestras, wind ensembles and jazz bands. She is actively involved with the music ministry at her church, where she plays piano for services, directs the adult choir, a young teen treble voice choir and a young children’s choir.
SCC_-10Gillian Malacari, director of our recently formed Poco a Poco, has a Bachelor of Music Education with Honors from the University of Western Australia majoring in Primary and Secondary Education and String Pedagogy (violin). Her Honors thesis was on ethnomusicology and she became interested in how different cultures approach music education. Gillian has taught in several international and independent schools in Australia and Asia and is trained in Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki methods. She is currently an examiner for the International Baccalaureate music performance and paper exams and maintains a small number of students in her private studio. Gillian‘s educational  experience is broad and includes the start-up and development of several K-12 Music programs and several string programs. In every program she has developed she has compulsory K-5 choral classes (in addition to class music time). Gillian has a strong belief that voice exploration and movement activities, in early childhood music education are one of the most robust ways to develop well-rounded musicians who feel confident interacting with music for life.
LaurieLaurie McFarland, takes on the lead accompanying position for both Intermezzo and Arioso, after having long been a substitute accompanist for SCC.  Laurie graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and later studied with Patricia Michaelian and Holly Herrmann.  Laurie has had years of experience as an accompanist for soloists, schools and other professional organizations.  She currently plays for HOly Names Academy and Bethany Community Church Greenlake, maintains a small piano teaching studio, and homeschools her four boys, all of whom are involved in various levels of SCC.
SCC_-6Randi Teigland-Hendrix has been accompanist for Seattle Children’s Chorus since 1997.  She currently plays for Camerata and Coro Vivo. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance.  Randi has taught at the college level and privately for many years.   She is an active accompanist, playing for various conductors and performers in the Pacific Northwest, and also serves as pianist and organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Edmonds, Washington.
 Debbie DeMieroDebra DeMiero crop joined our artistic staff in 2006.  She took a leave of absence last year, to concentrate on her career as music faculty director at Edmonds Community College.  She has  returned to SCC this year and is currently the accompanist for Brio in Shoreline.  She has a Master’s degree in music with a Piano Performance emphasis from Washington State University.  She also holds degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Seattle Pacific University.  Debbie is also an accompanist for the Sno-King Community Chorale, enjoys teaching privately, and enjoys being a grandmother!
Sonja Head Shot 2014Sonja Sarr is our accompanist for the Brio program in Marysville.  Sonja has taught high school choir, jazz band, elementary music, middle school and elementary private choir, and private piano, electric bass, and composition.  Her compositions and arrangements are published through UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications. Sonja received her Bachelor of Music Education from Washington State University.  Along with accompanying, she currently teaches private piano, and has a passion for her family, homemaking, exercise, creating healthier recipes, and frugality that she shares in her stewardship website that she manages with her husband.
Stacey headshotStacey Eliason is the Intermezzo rehearsal accompanist at our Marysville site.  Stacey has been playing the piano since she was seven and has enjoyed accompanying choirs since she was in high school.  Her primary instrument is the French horn and she performs regularly in the Seattle area and with the brass quintet “The Choppers”.  She holds music degrees from Indiana University and Central Washington University, and currently teaches French horn at both Edmonds Community College and her private studio.


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