About the Singers

Sara Botkin

Since her return from New York City to Pittsburgh in 2001, Pittsburgh native Sara Botkin has been delighting audiences with her sparkling soprano voice. 

Thespina Christulides

Thespina Christulides has broad involvement as a professional musician, performer, and educator and is excited to be newly back in her Pittsburgh hometown again.

Ann Cloutier

Ann Cloutier has been singing since forever. No, seriously...she has a recording to prove it (which she will gladly share with anyone who’s in need of a good giggle).

Ellen Fast

Ellen Fast received a master's degree in collaborative piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a student of Martha Fischer and a recipient of several scholarships. 

Christine Hestwood

Christine Hestwood is a vocal music teacher in the Upper St. Clair School District and Director of Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she conducts its 70-voice Chancel Choir. 

Betsy Lawrence

Betsy Lawrence is an original Pittsburgher. A few of her operatic credits include "La Traviata" with the New York City Opera Touring Company, "Werther" with the Pittsburgh Opera Center at Duquesne, and numerous roles with the American Opera Project in New York City. 

Judith Jenkins

Judith Jenkins has been featured in recent years as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Mendelssohn Choir, the River City Brass Band, the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, and the Renaissance City Winds.

Nancy Klimcheck

Nancy M. Klimcheck is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance and a Master's Degree in Music Education.

Eva Rainforth

Eva Rainforth, has sung with The Pittsburgh Symphony, The River City Brass Band, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, The Mendelssohn Choir professional core, and currently sings with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus. 

Valerie Vernon

A mezzo-soprano with warm tones and versatile style, Valerie Vernon is a native of northwestern Pennsylvania, earning degrees in Latin, English, psychology and education at Westminster and Point Park Colleges. 

Kathy Whittaker

Kathy Whittaker has been the soprano soloist at Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church for many years and has been a core member of both Bach Choir and Mendelssohn Choir. 

Katy Williams

Katy Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with prestigious organizations such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), Pittsburgh Opera, Civic Light Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater and River City Brass Band. 

About the Instrumentalists

Ashley Freeburn

Ashley Freeburn is an active violinist residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Abby Langhorst

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Abby Langhorst is a freelance percussionist in the Pittsburgh area.