Sara Michael, Business Manager
Start Date: 2019
Sara is also a soprano in Kantorei. She is a talented soloist and actress in the Denver area.
Alicia Rigsby, Accompanist
Start Date: 1998
Alicia has been with Kantorei from the beginning as both a singer and accompanist.
Sarah Harrison, Assistant Conductor
SARAH HARRISON teaches choir and AP Music Theory at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village. Under her direction, choirs have appeared at several regional and state conventions. Prior to CCHS, Sarah opened and spent five years at Silver Creek Middle/Senior High School in Longmont. In addition to teaching, Sarah sings with various ensembles throughout the community, including Kantorei, and is an orchestra and jazz string bassist. She was Kantorei's Interim Director for the 2013-2014 season, and recently served as Colorado's ACDA High School Mixed Repertoire and Standards Chair.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree, with instrumental and vocal certification, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and her Master of Music in conducting and music education from Colorado State University.
Joel Rinsema, Managing Artistic Director
Start Date: 2019
Joel M. Rinsema was names Artistic Director of Kantorei in 2014. Dedicated to expanding the artistic reach and transformative power of quality choral arts, he won the coveted Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America in 2013. for the past 15 years he served as the Assistant Conductor and President/CEO of the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, working with internationally renowned conductor Charles Bruffy. Joel assisted in all aspects of artistic planning and leadership, and during his tenure, Phoenix Chorale recordings earned a total of two Grammy awards and eight Grammy nominations. The group's recording of "Northern Lights: Music of Ola Gjeilo" was named iTunes Classical Vocal Album of the year in 2012.
Joel hold as Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Arizona State University and a B.A. in vocal and choral performance from Whitworth College in Washington. He recently completed his nearly 25-year tenure with the Phoenix Chorale in order to relocate to Denver and focus his time and energy on Kantorei.
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