M E E T T H E E N S E M B L E
Emily Bounds is the chorus teacher at Austin Junior High School in Decatur, AL. She also serves as the music director for both traditional and contemporary services at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, also in Decatur, AL. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Alabama and her Master's degree in Music Education from Mississippi State University. Mrs. Bounds has performed in multiple professional ensembles across Alabama including groups in Ethos in Tuscaloosa, the Cahaba Chamber Chorale in Birmingham, and Valley Consort in Huntsville.
Mary Cleveland is a Board Certified Music Therapist who is a stay-at-home mom of two. Before staying at home Mary worked as a Music Therapist for 5 years at UAB Hospital where she is still involved in ongoing research. Mary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mary has sung in various community and professional ensembles including the UA Singers, Redeemer Community Church, and Vestavia Hills UMC Chancel Choir, and the Cahaba Chamber Chorale.
John Benjamin (Ben) Cook
Stacy Daniels is a versatile singer, conductor, and educator. Mr. Daniels currently serves as Choral Music Director for Buckhorn Middle & High Schools where he conducts all five choral ensembles. He is also is the director of the Huntsville Community Chorus Association Treble Chorale, a vocal ensemble for unchanged voices in grades 6-8. A graduate of the University of Montevallo, Mr. Daniels received Bachelor of Music degrees in Choral Music Education & Vocal Performance. Mr. Daniels also received the Master of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from The Florida State University. Mr. Daniels is an active member of the Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Vocal Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association. Currently, he serves as President of the Madison County Choral Directors Association.
Leah Keyes Durham
Matthew Gardner is the choral director at Austin High School in Decatur, AL, where he teaches AP Music Theory and conducts the Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, Tenor-Bass Choir, and Show Choir. Originally from Huntsville, AL, Matthew has spent much of his life leading and performing music in the area. He is co-founder of the Huntsville Summer Music program, which provides music education students practical teaching and conducting experience before they begin their careers. Matthew served as coordinator and conductor of the program’s chorus and wind band. Matthew is an active performer in professional choral ensembles such as Coro Vocati in Atlanta, GA, Valley Consort in Huntsville, AL, and the Cahaba Chamber Chorale in Birmingham, AL.
In addition to his full-time teaching, Matthew is an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has served as conductor of the UAH Concert Choir as well as the substitute conductor of the UAH Chamber Choir. Matthew also serves as Director of Music Ministries at Valley United Methodist Church in Huntsville, AL.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Alabama in Huntsville as well as a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. He is a Class A certified K-12 music educator in the state of Alabama.
Soprano Sadie Goodman holds Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Music Education degrees from Samford University, a Master of Music degree in Voice and Opera from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Alabama. Sadie has enjoyed singing for composer Terre Johnson as the soprano soloist for the premieres of his works Missa Femina (2014), Song of the Captive (2016). She was the featured soloist for the world premiere of his work for orchestra, chorus and soprano entitled The Wind (2017) at Carnegie Hall in New York City. For over a decade she has been a chorister, cantor and soloist for daily masses broadcasted internationally on the Eternal Word Television Network. Through EWTN she is featured on recordings such as Great Hymns of the Faith and The EWTN Family Christmas Special, broadcast on television and available as a CD and DVD. From 2014-2018 she served on the music faculty at Judson College. She has served for the past five years as a lecturer for the School of the Arts and the Division of Music at Samford University. Sadie frequently performs as soprano soloist for Over the Mountain Festivals, the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, and other local entities. She met her husband John, an attorney at Bradley, in the choir at Cathedral Church of the Advent, where they are members. They live in Mountain Brook with their two young children Cal and Caroline.
Mattie Crisp Greene
Dee Hamner, tenor, is a Tuscaloosa native where he attended the University of Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Mr. Hamner has taught in both Alabama and Georgia. Presently, Dee teaches at Eastwood Middle School in Cottondale. There he serves as the Director of Choirs, Department Lead Teacher, member of the Building Leadership Team, mentor teacher, and state representative for the Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live in Schools Program. He also serves as one of the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Ambassadors. In addition to his teaching duties, Dee is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa, Prentice Concert Chorale, Cahaba Chamber Chorale, and the Iron City Singers.
Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Hearn
Allison Lowe Huff
Grady Moore is chair of the Environmental Section at the Birmingham-based law firm of Balch & Bingham. Grady graduated from the University of Virginia and was a founding member of the Hullabahoos a cappella group, as featured in the book and movie Pitch Perfect and appearing on the NBC comedy series The Office. Grady has been performing with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus since 2010.
Laura Pritchard, mezzo-soprano, works actively as a soloist, teacher, researcher, and stage director. Laura has received national recognition by The American Prize as a Semi-Finalist in the Art Song & Oratorio division and recognition by the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing as a First-Place winner in the Advanced Classical Voice division. She has performed numerous roles including Florence Pike in Albert Herring, Maurya in Riders to the Sea, Carmen in Carmen, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Giannetta in The Elixir of Love, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. Along with the operatic stage, Pritchard is a sought-after soloist on the concert stage. She has performed as the alto soloist in various concert settings including Manassas Chorale and Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah, Prentice Concert Chorale and Orchestra’s performances of Judas Maccabaeus and Messiah, and Johnson City Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Laura received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Alabama and is now on faculty at UA as Instructor of Voice and Associate Director of Opera.
Tyra Shelley is a graduate of Carson-Newman University in Tennessee, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Church Music with emphasis in Choral Conducting at Samford University. Tyra works at Mason Music as their Programs Manager and Events Coordinator and also privately teaches piano and voice.
Sandy Draper Sprague
Soprano Kiley Watson received her Bachelor of Music from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in 2000. After college, she moved to New York City to pursue graduate training from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 and received a Master of Music from Hunter College in 2005. While in New York, Kiley performed in various opera, operetta and musical theater roles, as well as for vocal workshops, masterclasses and concerts. In 2008, Kiley was the recipient of the Oxnard Gold Medal for the Savannah Music Festival’s American Traditions Vocal Competition before moving to Birmingham, AL. Since then Kiley has enjoyed singing around town for various community functions and at her church, Vestavia Methodist. She has been a founding member of the Big Band era trio, The Birmingham Harmony Belles for the last 7 years, singing for local, civic and senior organizations. Her favorite role by far the past 18 years, has been a Stay at Home mother, raising her amazing daughters and watching them grow into two wonderfully talented singers and dancers.
Originally from Huntsville, AL, Abby Whitlock has called Birmingham home for the past 8 years. An alumna of Samford University, she earned her BA in Music (vocal concentration) in 2017 and was a member of the Samford A Cappella Choir. Abby continued her education at Florida State University to become a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). Abby currently splits her time between practicing music therapy at UAB Hospital, singing in community ensembles, and raising her 1 year old daughter, Blair, with Ryan, her husband of 3 years. In her spare time, she enjoys running, kayaking, and cooking with her family and friends. Abby is excited to be singing with the Cahaba Chamber Chorale!
Joseph Wilkinson, bass, is the Director of Music Ministries at Starkville First UMC; a position he has held since June 2021. He is also the immediate past Artistic Directors for the Meistersingers of Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS, 9 years) and the Jackson Choral Society (Jackson, MS, 2 years). In 2019, Wilkinson was a featured Conductor Artist with Vox Anima London, conducting Dan Forrest's Te Deum at Cadogan Hall in London, England with the composer. He returns to London this summer to conduct Missa Deus Nobiscum with British composer, Philip Stopford, at Southwark Cathedral.