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Staff

Artistic Staff  
Marcela Molina, Director 
Chris Fresolone, Assistant Director (Director, Jubilate)
Julia Higgins, Associate Conductor (Hummingbirds)
Jess Edelbrock, Associate Conductor, (Mariposa Singers, Bumblebees) and Engagement Program Director
Laura Glunt, Associate Conductor (Ladybugs)
Jennifer Wortman, Associate Conductor (Bumblebees) 
Gloria Day, Associate Conductor (Downtown Engagement Choir)
Benjamin Lebovitz, Associate Conductor (Sahuarita Engagement Choir)
Stephen Warner, Associate Conductor (Southwest Engagement Choir)
Natalie Hall, Bumblebees, Ladybugs, and Hummingbirds Assistant
Hannah Spiller, Bumblebees Assistant
Hailey Butler, Downtown Engagement Choir Assistant
Kuei-Fan Lin, Accompanist (Bumblebees, Mariposa, and Jubilate)
Woan-Ching Lim, Accompanist (Ladybugs and Hummingbirds)



Administrative Staff
Verneatte Poleyestewa, Administrative Executive
Charlene Deal, Bookkeeper



Artistic Staff 

Director
Marcela Molina, DMA 


Dr. Molina has been affiliated with the Tucson Girls Chorus since 2006, first serving as Artistic Director and taking the helm as Executive Director in 2011. Under Dr. Molina’s guidance, the Tucson Girls Chorus has grown significantly in both program and outreach. Dr. Molina feels passionate about the social impact TGC is doing in our community and is committed to change lives through music. In 2011 she was an honoree in Tucson's 40 under 40 for her significant achievements and contributions in her profession and community. In 2014, Dr. Molina was one of eight in the state of Arizona chosen as a Cox Hispanic Heritage Month honoree and in 2016 she was selected as finalist for the Woman of Influence Awards in the category Arts and Culture Champion.  


Born in Bogotá, Colombia Dr. Marcela Molina holds a degree in Theory and Composition from Westminster Choir College and a doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir (1998-2001), Dr. 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. In 2002 Dr. Molina joined the theory faculty for the Select Young Artist Certificate Program at the Westminster Conservatory.


From 2003-2006, as a graduate student at the University of Arizona, Dr. Molina served as assistant conductor of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. She has enjoyed podium time with the professional choir True Concord Voices and Orchestra, The Arizona Choir, University Community Chorus, and The Women's Choir of The Vocal Arts Festival among other undergraduate ensembles at the University of Arizona. From 2008-2012 Molina served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale.


Dr. Molina serves on the board of the AZ American Choral Association as the chair for Women's Choir Repertoire and Standards. She contributed four articles to the book Teaching through Performance in Choir, Volume 2. and often serves as a clinician and guest conductor at choral festivals and All-State Choirs. 




Assistant Director


Chris Fresolone, DMA


Dr. Fresolone directs the Jubilate Choir and is the accompanist and assistant conductor for the Advanced and Alumnae Choirs. He is the co-director for the TGC Engagement Program serving downtown Tucson, the Southwest side of Tucson, Sahuarita, and the Northwest side of Tucson. 


He 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 and teaches music at The Gregory School, where he teaches choir, band, theory, general music, and music-directs the all-school Musical.


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 Cabaret, 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.


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Associate Conductor, Hummingbirds Director

Julia Higgins

Julia Higgins grew up in Chandler, Arizona. 
Mrs. Higgins 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. Higgins 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.

Ms. Higgins 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, Ms. Higgins 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. Higgins is an active member of both the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association.


Associate Conductor/Engagment Program Director

Jess Edelbrock

Jess Edelbrock is thrilled to be TGC's new Community Outreach Director and the Conductor for the wonderful ladies of the Bumblebees and Mariposa Singers. She received a B.M. in Choral Education from Northern Arizona University in May 2013, and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Choral Conducting at the Michigan State University Summer Program. 

Jess directed the choir program at Central High School in Phoenix for one year before moving back to Tucson, then spent two years as the music teacher at Mesa Verde Elementary. Jess now teaches music at the Tucson Hebrew Academy, is the music director for Capilla del Sol Christian Church in Northwest Tucson, and maintains a small piano studio. She accompanies choirs and musicals throughout Tucson, and serves as on the board for the Arizona Choral Educators.

Jess is passionate about empowering students through music, and is so grateful to have the chance to do so at TGC.







Associate Conductor, Ladybugs

Laura Glunt

Laura Taylor Glunt is a native of the Kansas City area.  She is the youngest of nine siblings in a very musical family.  After studying voice, piano, and saxophone as a young musician, Mrs. Glunt pursued her Special Music Education Degree at Wichita State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude having studied under Mezzo Soprano Dr. Deborah Baxter.

Remaining in the Wichita, KS area after graduation, Laura was a high school choir director at Maize High School before “retiring” to raise her two daughters.  However, it was during her time away from school that she maintained a very successful private voice studio with a number of students progressing to noteworthy careers in music performance and music education.  She also stayed active with ensembles - directing the adult choir and founding a children’s choir at her church, and singing professionally with the Wichita Chamber Chorale and Opera Kansas.  Laura returned to the choral classroom full time at Eisenhower High School in 2011 before moving to Marana, AZ in 2013.

Ms. Glunt accepted a position as an elementary music educator within the Marana School District in 2014 and has thoroughly enjoyed building a life-long musical foundation for her students both in the classroom and through extracurricular choral experiences.





Associate Conductor, Downtown Tucson Engagement Choir

Gloria Day

Gloria Day received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona and has two levels of Orff Certification.  She served as president of the state music education association board, adjudicated for regional festivals and was guest conductor for Elementary All-State choir.  Ms. Day received many awards including Arizona Music Educator of the Year in 2003. After retiring from the Marana School District where she taught general music, band and choir for 30 years, Ms. Day continues her musical career through many community groups.  She directs the children’s choir at Northminster Presbyterian Church, sings in the adult choir and has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Chorus for over 10 years.  Ms. Day also plays flute in Sonora Winds, a community wind ensemble.  Currently, she is directing the Downtown Engagement Choir for the Tucson Girls Chorus Satellite program. 




Associate Conductor, Sahuarita Engagement Choir

Benjamin Lebovitz

Benjamin Lebovitz grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, moving to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona.  Mr. Lebovitz graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Music Education in 2013 as the outstanding graduate of the Fred Fox School of Music. While at the U of A, he sang with the Symphonic Choir, Arizona Choir, UA Opera Theater, high school Outreach Choir and the men's a cappella ensemble, CatCall A Cappella.

Mr. Lebovitz teachers choir, theatre and musical theatre at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita.  Outside of school, he sings regularly at St. Paul's United Methodist Church and is an active member of both the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American Choral Directors Association.



Associate Conductor, Southwest Engagement Choir

Stephen Warner


Stephen Warner is a senior at the University of Arizona in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Mr. Warner has sung with many ensembles in Tucson including: The Arizona Choir, Tucson Symphony Community Chorus, University Community Chorus, Arizona Choral Society, University Singers, and the University of Arizona Outreach Choir. While singing with the University Outreach choir, he was an associate conductor. Beyond singing with university ensembles and community chorus Mr. Warner has also worked in a number of churches in Tucson including: Casas Adobes Congregational Church UCC, Holy Way Presbyterian, and Christ Church United Methodist. At Chris Church United Methodist he is the current Children's Chimes director and Youth Choir director. Upon completion of his degrees, Mr. Warner is planning to continue to follow pursuits graduate degrees in Music Education.



Bumblebees, Ladybugs, and Hummingbirds Assistant

Natalie Hall

Natalie Hall was a member of the Tucson Girls Chorus for nine years. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education with an emphasis on elementary education. She intends to continue graduate work in choral conducting. At the UofA, Natalie sings in Symphonic Choir, the premier undergraduate choral ensemble. She also sings in Canterbury Choir at St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church.

 

Natalie loves working with the Bumblebees, Ladybugs, and Hummingbirds, and feels very fulfilled helping the girls grow musically and extra-musically. She also teaches choir, theory, and handbells for the After School Music Program for children grades 3-5 at St. Philips. She is the director of the church’s Cherub Choir for children ages 4-7. 

 

When she was a member of the Advanced Choir in TGC, Natalie served as president. She is the President Elect of the National Association of Music Educators collegiate chapter at the UofA School of Music. 



Accompanist

Kuei-Fan Lin, DMA

Dr. Lin is happy to be the accompanist for the Bumblebees, Mariposa Singers, and the Jubilate Choir of the Tucson Girls Chorus. A native of Taiwan, she completed her doctoral studies in composition from the University of Arizona (2014). She also received her Master and Bachelor of Musical Arts in Composition and Theory from National Taipei University of Education (2008, 2006), with minors in piano and vocal performance. 

Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Connecticut, Virginia, Wisconsin, Chicago, England, Holland, Slovenia, Greece, Australia, Shanghai, Beijing, and Taiwan.




Accompanist

Woan-Ching Lim

Originally from Malaysia, collaborative pianist Woan Ching Lim collaborates in ballet,
classical vocal, instrumental repertoire and musical theatre. While maintaining an active 
performing schedule, Woan Ching serves as staff accompanist/pianist of University of 
Arizona (UA) School of Dance, UA trumpet studio and Tucson Girls Chorus. Recent 
collaborative performances include Arizona Opera Company, Interlochen Summer Art 
Camp, Tucson Desert Song Festival, Ballet Arizona and Vancouver International Song 
Institute. Woan Ching holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from 
University of Arizona under the tutelage of Dr. Paula Fan.