Our Staff

 

Choir Directors

 
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Sheri McKelfresh

Sheri is the artistic director of Centennial Children’s Chorus and the director of Sala Voce, Cantare, and Primo Coro. In her career as a music educator, she has taught every level from kindergarten through college and private voice lessons.  She currently directs the Chancel Choir at our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and performs with the Larimer Chorale. She retired from the Poudre School District in 2006, after 31 years as a public school music specialist. Sheri holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Level III Certificate in Orff-Schulwerk from Colorado State University, Level III Certificate in Creative Artistry from Butler University, Kodaly Level I certification from Hartford University, and a First Steps in Music Certification with John Feierabend.  Both of her children, Kelsey and David, are alumni of CCC.

 
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Michael Apodaca

Michael started as director of Jubilate in 2011.  Since 1995, Michael has been teaching elementary and middle school choral music in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and Greeley.  During that time, Michael obtained his certification in Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Musikgarten methods.  He has taught classes specializing in music for young children at Pasadena City College, Los Angeles City College, and California State University in Los Angeles.  Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from University of California in Santa Barbara, a Masters Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and has recently graduated with an Ed.S. Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Colorado.  Michael is currently teaching elementary music for Weld County School District Six.

 

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Wendi Burback

Wendi is the director of Bel Canto. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Colorado State University.  Wendi has taught elementary music in Weld County and middle school choir in Poudre School District. She is also involved in music at Timberline Church where she directed the adult choir. Wendi currently teaches private voice lessons to students of all ages.  She loves calling Fort Collins home and enjoys exploring Colorado with her husband and their three beautiful children.

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Karen Nuttall

Karen is the director of Cantare and assistant with Sala Voce.  She is happy to be back with CCC after enjoying several years as the director of Bel Canto (which performed at CMEA), Summer Festival staff member, and chaperone on SV trips. She retired from PSD music teaching in 2016 and continues her private piano teaching. She has also taught and performed at the Wausau Conservatory of Music and Wausau Suzuki Association in Wisconsin. Karen holds a Bachelor of Music from Colorado State University, a Master's in Education from Lesley University as well as Suzuki Piano certification, Orff certification, Creative Artistry certification, and First Steps Kodaly training. Both of her children, Nate and Natalie, were members of CCC over 20+ years ago!   She lives in the beautiful mountains of Livermore.


Accompanists

 
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Gay Slade

Gay Slade, accompanist for Sala Voce, is a longtime resident of Fort Collins, mom to 7 singing children and 21 singing grandchildren (last count!), Gay has been in and about the local music scene for years. She directed the Our Gang Singers beginning in 1983, the same year that CCC started, has taught music in private schools, directed the Choice City Singers for 12 years and church choirs for many more. Gay has a degree in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University and has been giving piano lessons to both young and old for seems like forever. Currently she is also an accompanist in the CSU Music Department. Just can’t get enough of the piano.

 
 
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Hedy Reynolds

Hedy joined CCC as an accompanist in 1997 and is currently the accompanist for Cantare.  She accompanies various local groups and students in their auditions, competitions and recitals. Hedy holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montana, as well as a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Colorado State University.  She currently works at CSU in the College of Engineering Business Office. Hedy also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Collins Symphony.

 
 
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Keah Redder

Keah is the accompanist for Bel Canto. She joined CCC is 2013. Keah began accompanying while in middle school, and has accompanied various ensembles and individuals from elementary through college age. She enjoys singing with the Rocky Mountain Chamber Singers, and she loves to get her hands on a good book. She graduated from Anderson University with a BA in Bible and Religion.

 
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Alice Crawford

Alice is the accompanist for Jubilate. She has spent her full time musical career serving large churches across the United States as an organist, accompnist, and children's music director. She moved to Fort Collins with her husband in May 2007. Alice is currently Church Musician/Organist for Trinity Lutheran Church. She is also accompanist for the Larimer Chorale, and Singing for Singers. Alice teaches piano lessons as well. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College at Ryder University, Princeton, NJ. Alice is thrilled to be part of Centennial Children's Chorus as accompanist and friend!

Support

Each choir also has graduate assistants who share responsibilities for their choir. These assistants are graduates of CCC who assist the directors during rehearsals with musical and clerical activities. 

CCC is also supported by many others, including Roberta our administrator, Kristi our treasurer.

We are governed by a working board of directors, consisting of the Artistic Director, the two other main choir directors, three board officers, plus nine more parental representatives. The board sets and manages the budget for the choir, as well as coordinating parent volunteers for the many hours of work related to uniforms, concert logistics, costumes and makeup for Kids on Broadway, media sales, managing our music library, and publicity and fundraising.