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. 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 a finalist for the Woman of Influence Awards in the category Arts and Culture Champion. In 2017, under Molina’s leadership, the Tucson Girls Chorus was awarded the 2017 Copper Cactus for Non-Charitable Business sponsored by the Tucson Metro Chamber.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia Dr. Marcela Molina holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and 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 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 has contributed articles to Antiphon, the official online publication of the AZ American Choral Directors Association (AZACDA) and the book Teaching through Performance in Choir, Volume 2. She was named 2019 Choral Director of the Year by AZ ACDA and often serves as a clinician and guest conductor at choral festivals. Dr. Molina serves on the board of the AZ American Choral Association.
Chris Fresolone, DMA
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.
Dr. Fresolone directs the Jubilate Choir and is the accompanist and assistant conductor for the Advanced and Alumnae Choirs.
He completed his doctoral studies in organ performance with a minor in choral conducting from the University of Arizona. He is a faculty member at The Gregory School, where he teaches choir, band, theory, general music, and music-directs the all-school Musical.
Jess Edelbrock, MM
Community Outreach Director & Associate Conductor
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 and another two at the Tucson Hebrew Academy. Jess is the music director for Capilla del Sol Christian Church in Northwest Tucson, and accompanies choirs and musicals throughout Tucson. Jess serves on the board for the Arizona Choral Directors Association and has presented several sessions at state music education conferences.
Jess directs the Bumblebee and Mariposa Singers at the River Rd location. She also directs the Northwest Choir, Midtown Engagement Choir, and Shine! Performing Arts Camp, along with overseeing TGC's Outreach Program.
She earned a B.M. in Choral Education from Northern Arizona University in 2013 and an MM in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in 2018. She has experience teaching students in grades K-12 and believes that all students deserve access to the many benefits of singing together.
Associate Conductor, Ladybugs & Hummingbirds
Brandi Dignum is a native Tucsonan who graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and is certified in Orff-Schulwerk levels I-III. She has taught children of every age over the past 21 years; she worked with infants through Kindergarten as the Music Director for Gymboree Play and Music Programs, taught general music and choir for kindergarten through 6th grade in the Flowing Wells School District at both Walter Douglas and Richardson elementary, taught middle school choir and musical theater in the Amphitheater School District at Wilson, and is currently the Choir Director at Canyon Del Oro High School and Cross Middle School teaching grades 6-12.
Brandi was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” for both Richardson Elementary School and the Flowing Wells School District, and was selected by the Arizona Educational Foundation as a 2011 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence; she was selected as one of the top 5 teachers in the state of Arizona. In addition to her work as a teacher, she is an active member of the performing arts community in Tucson; she has served as the Assistant Director/ Music Director for Spotlight Youth Productions, has served on the Teacher Advisory Committee for Tucson Values Teachers, was the Vocal Music Coordinator for the Flowing Wells School District and the Amphitheater School District, and was the Director of Children’s Choirs at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Gloria Day, MMEd
Associate Conductor, Engagement Choirs
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 Southwest Engagement Choir for the Tucson Girls Chorus Outreach program.
Sierra Norris, PhD
Associate Conductor, Tutti Pop Choir
Sierra is passionate about using music to promote growth, learning, and joy for people of all abilities. A board-certified music therapist, Sierra provides music therapy services throughout the Tucson community, including Banner University Medical Center - Diamond Children’s, Intermountain Academy, the Jewish Community Center’s special needs services, and in private practice. She also conducts the Tucson Girls Chorus’ inclusion choir and, as an avid contra dancer, serves on the board of Tucson Friends of Traditional
Sierra holds a PhD in Music Education with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona and has presented her research at conferences in Arizona, Scotland, and Finland. She received a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy and Flute Performance from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute and Bassoon Performance from the University of Arizona, where she graduated summa cum laude and was recognized as the Outstanding Senior of the College of Fine Arts. As part of her music therapy training, Sierra completed a 1040-hour internship at Bethany Children's Home; while there, she received training and experience in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care. Sierra has also completed all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification, a playful approach that blends movement, drama, and speech into music instruction. She enjoys bringing a play-based, trauma-informed approach to music-making to every population with whom she works.
Rehearsal Assistant, Bumblebees Singers and Ladybugs & Hummingbirds Choirs
Kaitlyn is returning to the Tucson Girls Chorus for a second year to assist the Ladybugs Choir, Hummingbirds Choir, and Bumblebee Singers. She is in her final year of the Music Education program at the University of Arizona. Kaitlyn received the “2020 Outstanding Future Choral Music Educator of the Year” from the Arizona Choral Educators. She aspires to direct a public school choir program after graduation.