ARTISTIC STAFF

Artistic Director

Associate Artistic Director

Rehearsal Director, VA Treble Chorus; Pianist, Bel Canto Chorus; Theory Instructor

Assistant Director and Principal Pianist, Concert Chorus and Chamber Ensemble

Pianist, Treble Chorus; Theory Instructor

PREP Instructor

Pianist, Treble VA; Theory Instructor

Instructor, SING DC

Instructor, SING DC

Pianist, SING DC

  

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Betsy Bates

Victoria S. Kimble

Ashlee Albertson

Joseph Aubry

Maxine Pagliano

Devree Lewis

Darren Shillingford

Executive Director

Development Advisor

Operations Manager

Chorus Manager

Concert Manager

Development Coordinator

SING DC Coordinator


  Margaret Nomura Clark

Margaret Nomura Clark

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ms. Clark was the Associate Artistic Director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) from 2009-2015, directing the Intermediate chorus and supervising all tiers of the SFBC Training Chorus School. Together with Artistic Director, Ian Robertson, she has worked closely with the San Francisco Symphony and in many different productions with the nationally acclaimed San Francisco Opera. Ms. Clark has performed and toured with her chorus at numerous festivals including the Grand Teton Music Festival. A highlight of her career was an invitation with the San Francisco Boys Chorus to sing at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.

In the fall of 2015, she was appointed to the choral faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) Pre-college Division and launched a choral program for instrumental students ages 7-18. In addition to her work with the SFBC and SFCM, Ms. Clark is currently the middle school music teacher at the Hamlin School for Girls in San Francisco. Over the past 11 years, she has created and established a choral program that now is a hallmark of the Hamlin School. Each week, over 100 students voluntarily come to rehearsals before school to sing in the chorus, and many of her former students have continued to sing in vocal ensembles after graduating from Hamlin. Ms. Clark’s choruses have consistently earned Gold medals and Unanimous Superior rankings at festivals and choral adjudications. In 2016, the Hamlin School Chorus was invited to be a showcase performance ensemble at the National Association of Independent School Conference in San Francisco.

Although a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Clark has worked extensively with children’s choirs in Ohio, New York, and Japan and is a presenter and clinician for choral festivals and workshops. She earned her B.M.E. and M.M.E in Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory and has studied choral conducting with Robert Shaw, Rodney Eichenberger, Henry Leck, and Doreen Rao. Coming from a family of educators and musicians, Ms. Clark is passionate about instilling a love for singing and music in children and is committed to helping each student develop as a musician and a performer.

Margaret Nomura Clark said, “I am honored and very excited to be selected as the Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Washington. This is truly a dream come true as I have followed the Children’s Chorus of Washington over the years and am very aware of the standard of excellence and achievement established by Joan Gregoryk. My experience with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and my years in music education has prepared me for this next adventure, and I am looking forward to leading the Children’s Chorus of Washington in the next chapter of its development.”

 

  Donald Cotton

Donald Cotton

Associate Artistic Director

Donald Cotton, conductor of Treble Chorus and the Young Men’s Ensemble, teaches at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School in Clifton, VA, and is Director of Music at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale, VA.  Previously he taught music at Queen of Apostles Catholic School in Alexandria, VA, for 22 years where he established an exemplary music education program.  The choirs under Mr. Cotton’s direction are known throughout the Arlington Diocese for their extraordinary performances. At the invitation of the Archdiocese of Washington, Mr. Cotton has prepared children’s choirs for tapings of the televised Christmas Day Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. His choirs have performed at the White House and on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. In 2000, his choir was invited to participate in An American Cantata: 2000 Voices with the National Symphony Orchestra. Repeatedly, the choirs have performed on live television for the annual Worldwide School Children’s Holy Hour at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Mr. Cotton has also performed as a vocal soloist in Prague and has served as accompanist for children’s choral festivals throughout Europe, South America and the United States. Recently, he served as judge and clinician for district choral assessments in Virginia. Mr. Cotton received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Accompanying from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia.

 
  Anne Davis Tyler

Anne Davis Tyler

Rehearsal Director, Treble Chorus VA;
ACCOMPANIST, BEL CANTO CHORUS

Anne Davis Tyler is a music educator at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC. In addition to her department chair and general music classroom responsibilities, she conducts the Middle School Chorus and Chamber Singers, directs the Middle School theater productions, and various handbell ensembles. She has served as a professional accompanist for Maryland All-State, ACDA Eastern and National divisions reading sessions, and Fairfax (VA) Choral Society’s youth choruses.  She has presented workshops for Maryland Music Educators Association and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools in music technology and drumming. In November 2006, Ms. Tyler participated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program. Recently she has worked with Frederick Children’s Chorus summer camp, accompanying and teaching drumming.  She was awarded the O’Neil-Carew Fellowship in 2010-2011 for her study of worship and music in the spiritual community of Taize, France. In November 2010 she co-presented a workshop on “Taizé Worship in the Middle and Secondary Schools” at the National Association of Episcopal Schools in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Tyler was the 2010-2011 O’Neil-Carew Fellow at St. Patrick’s School. She holds a Masters of Music from Catholic University.

 
  Lester Green

Lester Green

Assistant Director and principal pianist,
Concert chorus and Chamber Ensemble

A South Carolina native and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonian, Dr. Lester Green has extensive experience as a solo pianist, recital partner, and conductor. He has served on the teaching and coaching faculties of Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, Morgan State University, and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Green formerly served as an assistant conductor, vocal coach, and clinician for the Washington National Opera. Green earned degrees in solo piano performance from the University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute, and the University of Maryland, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano. For ten years Green served as Minister of Music at historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, where he led music for worship services honoring such luminaries as President Barak and Michelle Obama, Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu, Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, the late Rosa Parks, and others.  As a pianist and conductor Green has collaborated with with world renown opera singers spanning  many generations. His film credits include, Sam Coleridge-Taylor and his Music in America: 1900-1912 , and Beyond the Mask, a PBS documentary.  Dr. Green serves as the Artistic Director for the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, a non-profit arts organization, and works with an executive team and community partners to regularly showcase, acknowledge, encourage and develop excellence in the achievements of classical musicians of color in the USA and abroad.

 

PiANIST, Treble Chorus; Theory Instructor

Mr. Shillingford is a graduate of Florida International University with a bachelor’s in music education. He teaches at the DC Etudes Piano Studio in Georgetown as well as prepares students for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations in Piano and Theory. As a pianist, he has worked extensively with several choral groups in the Caribbean, namely The Marionettes Chorale in Trinidad, RiverSong Chorale and Sisserou Singers in Dominica. His other musical accolades include co-founding the Bravura Arts Ensemble and serving as assistant musical director to the Presentation College Choir in Trinidad. He joined the Children’s Chorus of Washington in 2017 as an accompanist for the PREP program and Music Educator with the Sing DC program. He also assists in developing the musicianship curriculum.

  Darren Shillingford

Darren Shillingford

 
  Heather Adelsberger

Heather Adelsberger

PREP Instructor

Heather Adelsberger maintains an active career as a music educator, keyboardist, and choral conductor in the Washington D.C. area.

Ms. Adelsberger holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America, and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland. Teachers include Marilyn Neely, Ena Bronstein Barton, Ivo Kaltchev, and Rita Sloan. Conducting studies include artists Leo Nestor, Charles Bruffy, James Jordan, Kate Tamarkin, Murry Sidlin, and Donald Nally. 

Ms. Adelsberger’s recent endeavors include a series of recitals across the United States with violinist Destiny Ann Mermagen; performances of Franz Schubert's Die Winterreise with her husband, bass-baritone Andrew Adelsberger; and concert collaborations with cellist Michael Mermagen and soprano Jessica Rivera.

A sought-after music educator and member of MTNA, Ms. Adelsberger maintains private piano studios in Maryland and Northern Virginia. She currently serves as Director of Music at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, Maryland where she is also the Artistic Director of the St. Louis Church Concert Series.