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Staff

Daniel P. Ryan
Artistic Director

Acclaimed for his musical creativity, sensitive conducting, and adventurous spirit, Maestro Daniel P. Ryan is a prized conductor, composer, and music educator.
As a conductor, Ryan recent was named a finalist for two American Prizes (collegiate choir, and collegiate conductor) leading the Clark  University Choirs. Most recently Ryan conducted the highly acclaimed Die Fledermaus with MassOpera and the initial workshop of White Snake Productions & new video game opera PERMADEATH. Ryan has also conducted for the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, MetroWest Opera, In Good Company Theatre, The Boston Opera Collaborative, Berkshire Choral International, MITG and The Boston Conservatory.
As a composer, Ryan has a passion for musical theatre having composed three musicals. This season his piece “This is what I can(not) do” for SATB choir and piano will premiere at First Church Boston and 88.5FM. Additionally, his commissioned piece “Meadow Musings” for SSA choir, flute, violin, and piano, will premiere in Jordan Hall as part of VOICES Boston 30th Anniversary concert. While serving as artistic director for In Good Company Ryan earned a commission for a musical based on immigration and refugees stories in 2016. The musical story “Out of Many” premiered in May of 2017 at Chelsea Theatre works. 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. Additionally, Ryan has written several other small works and arrangements for choir and chamber ensembles.
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 notable other conducting teachers and mentors include Andrew Altenbach, Dr. Beth Willer, and Brian O’Connell.
In addition to his role of the Artistic Director of VOICES Boston, Dan is the Co-Artistic Director of MassOpera, and on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp.

Katie DiMaria
Executive Director

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.

Cynthia Bell
Creative Events & Operations Coordinator

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.

Regan Russell
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.

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.