Ms. Marcela Molina (began as Artistic Director in the fall of 2006)
A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela Molina is currently completing her doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Arizona. She holds a master’s degree in choral conducting and a bachelor’s degree in theory and composition from the University of Arizona and Westminster Choir College, respectively.
From 2003-2006, Ms. Molina was the assistant conductor of the prestigious Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. In addition, she has conducted numerous performances and rehearsals at The University of Arizona—including the University Community Chorus, the women’s choir of the Vocal Arts Festival and the Arizona Choir—as well as the Tucson Masterworks Chorale and the professional choir, Tucson Chamber Artists, where she was guest conductor for the 2005 Holiday Season. In 2002 Ms. Molina was on the theory faculty for the select Young Artist Certificate Program at the Westminster Conservatory, the community music school of Westminster Choir College.
As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Ms. Molina sang under the batons of Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zdenek Macal, and Sir Colin Davis with such esteemed orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Ms. Molina has studied under the tutelage of Drs. Bruce Chamberlain, Elizabeth Schauer, James Jordan, and Andrew Megill, and Professor Allan Crowell. In the fall of 2005, she contributed four articles to the book Teaching through Performance in Choir, Volume 2.
Chris Fresolone, DMA
Chris directs the Mariposa Singers and is the accompanist and assistant conductor for the Jubilate and Advanced Choirs. He coordinates the theory curriculum for the Tucson Girls Chorus and teaches theory to the Mariposa Singers and Advanced Choir.
Chris has recently completed his doctoral studies in organ performance with a minor in choral conducting from the University from Arizona. He is also organist at Casas Adobes UCC Church in Tucson.
Before arriving in Tucson in 2006, Chris lived in the Seattle area, where he was a church musician, music educator, and musical theatre director. Chris served as musical director for productions including Bye Bye Birdie, Footloose, Nunsense, and the Taxi Caberet, which Chris first directed for the Village Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in Issaquah, WA.
Chris received a bachelor's degree in music, a bachelor's degree in computer studies, and a master's degree in music technology, from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. While a student at Northwestern, Chris worked for Harmonic Vision, where he helped develop and support music educational software from the award winning Music Ace series. Several of Chris's original compositions appear within the software! Chris also served as organ scholar and assistant conductor for the Northwestern University Chapel Choir.
Chris is originally from New Jersey; during his high school years he performed (and was president of) in his high school choir and the Buttondowns, the school's select men's vocal ensemble. He played in the pit bands for the musicals at his school and at local colleges (including Godspell, Into the Woods, and Pippen), and he played the French Horn in the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Chris fancies himself as a composer and arranger; he will actually call himself a composer once he is published! He has composed or arranged a few works for the Tucson Girls Chorus, and several small works for the organ.
Julia Hollis grew up in Chandler, Arizona. Mrs. Hollis moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2004. While at the U of A, Mrs. Hollis sang with the Symphonic Choir, UA Opera Theater and the women’s a cappella ensemble, Vocal Ease. She was President of Symphonic Choir and the teaching assistant for the UA Outreach Choir.
Mrs. Hollis has been teaching choir, general music, band and guitar at Esperero Canyon Middle School for 8 years. Her choirs have consistently received Superior and Excellent ratings at state choral festivals. During her time at Esperero, the choir program has tripled in size.
Outside of school, Mrs. Hollis sings professionally with the Tucson Chamber Artists and is the Director of Contemporary Music at Northminster Presbyterian Church. She has also served on the board for the Arizona Choral Educators, previously as the Vice President for Elementary and Junior High Activities and currently as President. Mrs. Hollis is an active member of both the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association.
Associate Conductor, Bumblebees Director
Jennifer Wortman is a native Tucsonan. She went to TUSD K-12 Magnet Schools and was in Tucson Girls Chorus 5yrs, going on the first three tours. Ms. Wortman received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University and is currently finishing her Masters in Choral Conducting from California State University Los Angeles. She was the choir teacher at Palo Verde High School for twelve years as well as the founder of the Palo Verde Alumni and Faculty Choirs. Ms. Wortman just finished her 6 yr Presidential term of the Arizona Choir Educators. She has subbed for Tucson Girls Chorus as well as being involved in TGC Camp for numerous years. Ms. Wortman is currently the Arts Integration Specialist at Cragin Elementary School teaching K-5. Ms. Wortman has a wonderful husband and two beautiful boys.
Ladybugs and Hummingbirds Assistant
Natalie Hall was a member of the Tucson Girls Chorus for nine years until 2011, when she graduated with honors from Salpointe Catholic High School. She participated in Salpointe's Show Choir and in Regional Honors Choir for four years. She attended Arizona State University in the fall of 2011 and was a member of the honor students' choir there. Natalie received a fine arts scholarship from the University of Arizona, where she is studying Music Education with an emphasis in voice at the School of Music. After graduation she intends to pursue graduate work in choral conducting. She loves singing in the choir at Christ Presbyterian Church, playing acoustic guitar, writing songs, and reading novels, especially those of Steven King. Natalie also works as a restaurant hostess and as a lifeguard. She is certified in CPR and first aid.
Kuei-Fan Lin has been the accompanist for the Mariposa Singers of the Tucson Girls Chorus since 2012. A native of Taiwan, she is presently working toward her DMA in composition at the University of Arizona. She received her Master's and Bachelor's of Musical Arts in Composition and Theory from National Taipei University of Education (2008, 2006), with minors in piano and vocal performance.
Ms. Lin is a composer, pianist, and educator. While an undergraduate, she studied for musical education and had numerous opportunities teaching in elementary schools. She enjoyed her time teaching and playing music with children. Before entering the University of Arizona, she had also been an accompanist for the choir in the First Presbyterian Church in Taiwan for several years.
Being a composer, Ms. Lin’s music ranges from acoustic to electronic music. She has received numerous prizes and her pieces have been selected from many computer music conferences and performed in several places, among them: Arizona, New York, Wisconsin, Chicago, England, Holland, Slovenia, Shanghai, Beijing, and Taiwan.
Jess Ryan is a pianist, vocalist, and educator based in Tucson, AZ. She will receive a B.M. in Piano and Choral Education from Northern Arizona University in May 2013. As an undergraduate, Jess was a member of Shrine of the Ages Choir, Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers, Northern Voices and High Altitude Vocal Jazz Ensembles, NAU Big Band One and Jazz Combo, and was an extremely active accompanist throughout Flagstaff. Jess’ involvement at NAU, hard work, and passion for music of all kinds has led to several honors and scholarships, including the Brennan Maynard Memorial Scholarship, Andrea Josephs Endowed Scholarship for the Performing Arts, AMEA Future Music Educator of the Year (2013), and Outstanding Graduating Student in the School of Music. In summer 2012, Jess was selected to participate in the Fifth House Ensemble’s fresh inc chamber festival in Carthage, WI and Chicago, IL. At the festival, Jess attended daily entrepreneurial workshops and worked with peers and Fifth House members to perform standard and newly composed works. Jess then commissioned five composers from around the country for her solo piano recital in December 2012. Jess is currently student teaching at Sahuaro High School and Copper Creek Elementary in Tucson, AZ, and maintains an active performing schedule. She looks forward to receiving her Teaching Certificate and having a choral program of her own in the fall.
Samantha Feldman is the accompanist for the Tucson Girls Chorus Bumblebee choir. A freshman at the University of Arizona, Ms. Feldman is pursuing a Dual Degree in Music Education and Early Childhood Education. She was a member of the Tucson Girls Chorus for 11 years and has formally studied music from the age of three. Ms. Feldman also works closely with the F.A.M.E. (Fostering Arts-Mind Education) Foundation and currently serves as Treasurer and Fundraising Coordinator for the University of Arizona's collegiate chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education).
Samantha enjoys reading novels, visiting her family, and writing music. She has composed and arranged several pieces for the Tucson Girls Chorus Advanced Choir and Alumnae Choir, and participated in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Composers Project from August 2011 to May 2012.