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Steven Lipsitt
Artistic Director

Steven Lipsitt was appointed Artistic Director of VOICES Boston in 2015. He has served as director of choruses at Boston University and Haverford & Bryn Mawr Colleges, director of the Springfield Symphony Chorus, and guest conductor with Chorus pro Musica, Emmanuel Music, Boston Cecilia, the Phoenix Bach Choir, and the Serendipity Singers (a gospel choir in Norwalk, Connecticut). He began his conducting activity in 1977 as director of the Yale Russian Chorus, a men’s chorus dedicated to the folk and sacred music of Russia and other republics of the former Soviet Union. He led the YRC in over 50 concerts annually, including tours of the Soviet Union in 1977 and 1979. He has collaborated with Bill Crofut, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Bobby McFerrin, and Deborah Henson-Conant; has prepared symphonic choruses for Robert Shaw, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, & Leonard Slatkin; and has conducted for Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, the Boston Pops, New England Conservatory, & Boston Conservatory Opera Theatre.
Trained as a clarinetist, singer, and conductor at Yale and the Tanglewood Music Center, Steven is founding music director of the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society Orchestra, having served for 17 seasons as music director of the Boston Classical Orchestra. He conducted the Tanglewood Young Artists Chorus for five summers, and twice led the Boston University Chorus to Carnegie Hall for critically-acclaimed performances.
In opera and musical theatre Steven has collaborated with Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Washington Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Music Theatre Project; directors Robert Carsen, Gerald Gutierrez, and James Hammerstein; choreographers Peter Martins and Daniel Pelzig; singers Sheri Greenawald, Katherine Ciesinski, Lorraine Hunt (Lieberson), Samuel Ramey, Vernon Hartman, and James Maddalena; and actors Faith Prince, Tom Wopat, and John Spencer.
While earning bachelor’s & master’s degrees at Yale, he won awards for exceptional promise and excellence in choral conducting, and won first prize in the inaugural “Dimitris Mitropoulos” International Conducting Competition in Athens in 1996. He has guest conducted orchestras in the United States, Canada, South America, Greece, Russia, and China.
Steven grew up in Brookline, singing and playing in ensembles at Brookline High School and in youth orchestras and choruses at BU and NEC. He lives in Brookline again, with his wife Mara Krechevsky, an educational researcher at Harvard’s Project Zero, and their children Daria (BHS 2015) and Caleb (BHS 2019).

 

Katie DiMaria
Executive Director

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Katie was delighted to be promoted to Executive Director of VOICES Boston in 2015. Since then, she has lead VOICES Boston to successful collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Boston University Opera Institute, Berklee School of Music, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras amongst others. She also directed VOICES Boston’s annual operatic production of HMS Pinafore. Katie started with VOICES Boston as the Program Manager after completing her Master’s Degree in Arts Leadership Administration through the Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. There she completed comprehensive coursework in non-profit management, financial management, accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, and arts administration.
Along with her work in the classroom, Katie worked with the Point of Contact gallery to develop a business plan outlining alternative revenue streams for the organization that she then presented to their Board or Directors. Many of her ideas were put into place and have lead to increased financial stability. She also co-founded and was the Business Manager of a circus company entitled Marquise Productions, based out of Troy, NY where she developed a strategic plan for the launch of the organization and wrote a report outlining the benefits of social circus on the community.
In addition to her administrative background, Katie is a classically trained operatic soprano. While growing up in Clifton Park, NY, she was very active singing in the Capital District Youth Chorale, school choirs, and performing in local theatrical productions. She continued her training at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music where she received her B.M. in Voice Performance and was the first recipient of the Patti Thompson Buechner Award for an outstanding vocal student. There she was a member of Syracuse’s University Singers and performed in many operatic productions including the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Katie also spent a summer studying in Verona, Italy where she worked with acclaimed sopranos Ashley Putnam, June Anderson, and Cecilia Gasdia.
Katie resides in Brookline and enjoys spending her spare time traveling, singing, mentoring in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, and enjoying the exciting Boston arts community.

 

Kalee Burrows
Program Manager

Kalee is thrilled to be joining VOICES Boston this season as the Program Manager.
Kalee holds an MA in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community and Social Contexts from Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as a BA in Visual and Performing Arts and in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stonehill College.
As a theatre practitioner, Kalee has taught creative and performing arts classes for young people, adults, and older generations in educational and community settings across the globe.  These participating organizations include the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project (Bangalore, India), We Are London at Ovalhouse (London, UK), and After School Artists at Nute Middle School (Milton, NH).  Mostly recently, Kalee was the Assistant Director/Stage Manager at the Kingswood Children’s Summer Theatre in Wolfeboro, NH for their production of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure.
She
 is passionate about youth arts advocacy and looks forward to working with the talented young singers of VOICES Boston.

 

Daniel P. Ryan
Associate Conductor

Daniel P. Ryan is an active conductor and singer in the Boston area. In addition to serving as the associate conductor with VOICES Boston, he holds posts as artistic director of The Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, In Good Company Theatre Co., and conductor of the Boston City Singers advanced men’s choral group “The Fellas”. He has recently conducted and music directed Orazio Vecchi’s madrigal masterpiece L’Amfiparnaso, Utopia Limited at MIT for MITG&SP and the musicals The Wild Party (Lippa) and The Last Five Years at The Boston Conservatory. As a professional baritone he currently holds singing posts at First Church Boston and Trinity Parish of Newton Center. During the summers he serves on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp giving vocal masterclasses and directing a children’s musical.
Previous to relocating to Boston, Daniel taught for four years on the faculty of North Iredell High School in Olin, NC as the full time choral director where he dramatically increased the high school choral program. During his tenure Ryan’s choirs often earned superior rankings and toured regionally and nationally. Ryan was nominated for teacher of the year in 2012.
In 2012, Ryan wrote the music and lyrics for the original musical “The Millennium Problem” and won best music and lyrics award during its second run for the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) competition in 2013. The musical has since had a reading at The Boston Conservatory. Within the community, Ryan has worked with numerous choruses, professional, community and academic and founded Statesville Children’s choir in North Carolina. As a music director he has most recently worked for Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Piedmont Players and Theatre Statesville. As a music director of “Grease” he was nominated for best musical direction by the Metrolina Theatre Association in 2012. During this time, Ryan also held a position of conductor and music director at Providence United Methodist Church in Statesville, NC where he conducted the church choir and premiered original choral compositions.
Daniel holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Boston Conservatory where he studied with maestri Dr. Bill Cutter and Dr. George Case. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and vocal performance from Catawba College where he studied conducting with Paul E. Oakley and voice with Dr. Scott Macleod. Ryan’s has also prepared choirs and opera choruses for his mentors including Julian Wachner, Steve Lipsett, Andrew Altenbach, Dr. Beth Willer, and Brian O’Connell.

 

Cailin Doran
Theatrical, Movement & Director

Cailin Doran is honored to spend time as Guest Artist with Voices Boston instructing Acting, Movement and Directing. Cailin is an IRNE nominated actor who has worked with major regional theaters such as The Huntington Theatre Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and The Arvada Center. Most recently she directed Pirates of Penzance with Voices Boston and Yeomen of the Guard at MIT. She Assistant Directed the Boston Theatre Company educational tours of Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and has worked with the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival educational outreach programs.
Cailin has her MFA from the Boston Conservatory.   

Kerry Glennon
Dance Instructor

Kerry Glennon

Kerry is a proud lifelong Massachusetts native. She holds bachelors in Dance Education and English from Bridgewater State University.  Kerry joined VOICES Boston in 2013 as dance instructor for the Copland and Bernstein ensembles. That year, she choreographed VOICES first ever all-dance performance, focusing on modern and contemporary dance.  Since then, she has had the honor of working with all ensembles of VOICES.  Kerry has done the choreography for the American premier of “The Luminous Moon”, “The Little Prince”, and most recently, co-directed and choreographed VOICES’ performance of “HMS Pinafore”.
In addition to VOICES, Kerry has taught in over eleven Boston Public Schools as a school outreach dance educator through The Community Music Center of Boston.  This year, she is starting a program at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School titled Literacy through the Arts where she will get to combine her love of dance and academics.  During the summer, Kerry lives in the Berkshires where she teaches dance for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts program.

 

Katie Barr
Pianist

Katie Barr is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and teacher in the Boston area. Ms. Barr is a studio accompanist at The Boston Conservatory, pianist for Voices Boston, and pianist with Opera on Tap – Boston. Recent opera credits include re]petiteur with Manitoba Underground Opera for productions of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, and Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Alcina, The Old Maid and the Thief, and La traviata with Boston Conservatory Opera. She has upcoming engagements with Boston Opera Collaborative and will be making her debut with the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. She has spent previous summers at the Vancouver International Song Institute at the University of British Columbia, and at Ballibay Performing and Fine Arts Camp teaching voice and piano. Ms. Barr graduated from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) with a BS in Music Education, and recently completed her Master’s of Music in Collaborative Piano at The Boston Conservatory under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Altenbach.

Cynthia Bell
Adminstrator

Cynthia has been an active member of the VOICES Boston/PALS family for over 14 years, as the wife of Eric Kamen, Junior PALS ensemble longtime accompanist, and then as the parent of recent graduate Dessie Bell-Kamen.  Her commitment to the success of the organization led Cynthia to join the VOICES Boston staff in June, 2015.  She has been working with the current administration, lending support and sharing her knowledge of the VOICES Boston/PALS history, and enjoying participating and contributing as it grows and flourishes!
When not working with VOICES Boston, Cynthia is a fine artist having earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.  She creates commissioned artwork including Ketubahs, Illuminated artwork, invitations and design work. In addition to her administrative work, she designs the posters, postcards, programs and the cover art for all the VOICES Boston programs.

 

Johanna Hill Simpson
Artistic Director Emerita, Founder

johanna_hill-simpsonOne of the nation’s preeminent children’s conductors, Johanna (Jody) Hill Simpson has worked with young people of all ages and levels – from kindergartners through graduate students— at Dartmouth College, Lincoln Elementary School, Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. She founded PALS Children’s Chorus (now VOICES Boston) in 1990 and served as Artistic Director for 16 years, during which time PALS earned the reputation as one of the finest youth ensembles in the country.
When Seiji Ozawa said “Jody really has a genius way of teaching”, he captured the essence of why she is able to transform groups of willing singers into compelling ensembles.
Simpson’s years in Boston with the PALS Children’s Chorus were rich with notable performances and collaborations in Boston, New York, Washington DC and Tanglewood with Ozawa, James Levine, Yo Yo Ma, Henri Dutilleux,Tan Dun, Raphael Fruhbeck DeBurgos, James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Tod Machover, David Hoose, Keith Lockart, and even Nathan Lane and Celine Dion. She was and continues to be a champion of composers and new music and has commissioned and premiered an impressive list of new works, including Mehmet Sanlikol’s Ergenekon, Howard Frazin’s Voice of Isaac, Bret Silverman’s Tree of Life, William Cutter’s Awake the Dawn, and Megan Henderson’s The Police Log.
In the world of opera, Ms. Simpson’s young singers have appeared in performances of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tanglewood, Stefan Asbury conducting. Her children joined the Boston Early Music Festival for world premiere performances of Johann Mathesson’s opera Boris Goudenov in Boston and Tanglewood. Ms. Simpson has collaborated with the Boston Lyric Opera, for performances of the historic Carmen on the Common, Tosca, The Little Prince and La Boheme. She has also collaborated with Kayo Iwama and the Cantata Singers in performances of the children’s opera Brundibar.
She has conducted choruses at New England Conservatory (where she also received the Outstanding Alumni Award and studied with renowned choral conductor Lorna Cooke deVaron) and Harvard University. Her ensembles can be heard on recordings by the BSO, the Boston Pops and the PALS private label.
Since moving to the Monadnock region ten years ago, Ms. Simpson founded Music on Norway Pond and has been busy conducting the Norway Pond Festival Singers, and the Junior Minstrels. She also developed the Music on Norway Pond Concert Series for which she has forged a powerful connection with the New England Conservatory, featuring frequent performances in Hancock by their brightest stars. Jody and her husband Rick, an accomplished tenor, live in Hancock, New Hampshire, on Norway Pond, with their standard poodles, Pearl and May and their cat, Goldie.

Andy Icochea Icochea
Artistic Director Emeritus

Andy Icochea IcocheaVOICES Boston conductor Andy Icochea Icochea is a multi-faceted musician who regularly appears as an orchestral and opera conductor, choral conductor and accompanist, and whose compositions and arrangements are performed internationally. He has appeared in over 500 concerts in 27 countries and four continents, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, Wiener Musikverein and Berliner Konzerthaus. Additionally, he serves as choral clinician and conductor for the World Peace Choir (Vienna and Beijing) and guest clinician for Boston Symphony Orchestra education programs.
Icochea Icochea has collaborated as choral conductor and rehearsal accompanist under Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Bertrand de Billy, Bernard Haitink and Charles Dutoit. His choruses have performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. He has conducted world premieres of operas in Austria, Italy and the United States. Before joining VOICES Boston, he served for six years as Kapellmeister with the Vienna Boys Choir.
Born and raised in Peru, Icochea Icochea began piano and music theory studies at the age of 7, held his first post as an accompanist at age 14, and started conducting children’s choirs the following year. His professional training began in Peru at the National Conservatory of Music and continued at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. Later, he studied orchestra, opera and choral conducting at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria.