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 has been the Executive Director of VOICES Boston since 2015. As Executive Director, Katie has led VOICES Boston to successful collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Boston University Opera Institute, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras amongst others, and led tours to New Orleans, New York City, Portland, ME, and Albany, NY. She also launched VOICES Boston’s partnership with the Boston Lyric Opera’s education department and expanded VOICES Boston’s programming to include audition workshops for singers ages 10-18 and a full-day create your own opera camp. In 2016, Katie stage directed VOICES Boston’s production of HMS Pinafore.

Katie started with VOICES Boston as the Program Manager after completing her MA in Arts Leadership Administration through the Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. While in Syracuse, Katie worked with the Point of Contact Gallery and the La Casita Cultural Center to develop a new strategic plan outlining alternative revenue streams for the organization that led to increased financial stability and built new relationships in the community. She also co-founded and was the Business Manager of a circus company entitled Marquise Productions, based in Troy, NY.

In addition to her administrative background, Katie is a classically trained operatic soprano and currently sings with and is on the Board of Directors of Ensemble Companio, an acclaimed touring chamber tour. After growing up in a children’s choir herself, Katie 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.  She also spent a summer studying opera in Verona, Italy where she worked with acclaimed sopranos Ashley Putnam, June Anderson, and Cecilia Gasdia. Outside of VOICES Boston, Katie teaches Creative Expression with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts Program, performs in the greater Boston area, and teaches private voice lessons throughout the year.

Kalee Burrows
Program Manager, Theatre Teaching Artist

Kalee is a theatre artist and educator originally from Brookfield, NH. She is an active member of the nonprofit organization Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP).  With ASTEP, she taught theatre arts and creative writing classes at the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a boarding school for economically and socially disadvantaged children in Bangalore, India. While working at Ovalhouse in southeast London, Kalee co-facilitated devised theatre workshops for We Are London, a participatory arts program for young artists and migrants in the UK, and served as the co-director for their two main stage devised plays (Shipwrecked; Going Underground).
Kalee is a skilled practitioner in devised theatre, directing, meditative visual arts, spoken word, and production coordination.  As a teaching artist and facilitator, Kalee works with young people, adults, and older generations in schools, community centers, and theatre spaces across the globe.  These participating organizations include Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston Lyric Opera, Kingswood Children’s Summer Theatre, Artists from Suburbia, and Stonehill College. Kalee holds a MA in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community and Social Contexts from Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as a BA in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies from Stonehill College.  She is passionate about creative writing, theatre-making, and youth arts advocacy.
Kalee enjoys working with the VOICES Boston singers and their families and supporting the singers during rehearsals and performances including outside collaborations and choral tours.

Daniel P. Ryan
Associate Conductor

Maestro Daniel P. Ryan is a prized multi hyphenate musician acclaimed for his creative interpretation, nuanced conducting, and adventurous spirit. He is in his fourth year as associate conductor with VOICES Boston leading the Gershwin, Circle, and Prep ensembles. Active in the professional community, Ryan will be making his conducting debut this season with Boston Opera Collaborative, and MassOpera after recently returning from the Czech Republic where he conducted the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra under the tutelage of world-renowned Russian conductor Alexander Plianichko. Other recent engagements include the workshop of White Snake Productions’ PERMADEATH and work with Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, MetroWest Opera, In Good Company Theatre, Berkshire Choral International, MITG&SP, and The Boston Conservatory. Additionally, Ryan currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Opera Scenes at Clark University, Conductor for the Boston City Singers, and faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp.
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.  In 2012 he was also nominated for best musical direction  for “Grease” by the Metrolina Theatre Association. During this time, Ryan also held the 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, Beth Willer, and Brian O’Connell.

Regan Siglin
Collaborative Pianist

A pianist with a passion for helping others, Regan Siglin has earned recognition for her musical sensitivity and gift for collaboration. She is frequently engaged as a vocal, instrumental, and ensemble accompanist, as well as a private piano instructor and special-event pianist. In 2018, she joined the artistic team at VOICES Boston as staff pianist.
Native to Spokane, WA, Regan graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University in 2016 (BM Piano Performance), where she studied with Drs. Jeffrey and Karen Savage. She earned her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Boston University in 2018, and is continuing her studies there with Dr. Javier Arrebola as a DMA candidate in collaborative piano. In 2017, she attended the SongFest Summer Institute in Los Angeles, CA, where she worked with such artists as Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Jake Heggie, and Libby Larsen. Previous masterclasses include Susan Youens, Roger Vignoles, Pascal Rogé, Margo Garrett, Stephen Hough, and Jonathan Feldman.
In addition to solo piano and private collaboration, Regan has played for a number of opera and musical theater productions. Her performances include Opera Coeur d’Alene’s production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss; Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb with Washington State University Opera Workshop; and a three-phase production of Jake Heggie’s opera Three Decembers, directed by Sharon Daniels. Regan also served as music director and pianist for the 2018 summer session of Kidstock! Creative Theater, where she taught music classes, played weekly shows, and composed original musical numbers in conjunction with the camp’s young, creative minds.
Regan is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies and was named Washington State University’s 2015 Presser Scholar. When not in the practice room, she can be found sipping coffee at the local coffeeshop, researching obscure composers, or enjoying the trees that remind her of home.

Cynthia Bell

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.