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William ZinnMusic Director & Conductor
Mr. Zinn taught public school music in the Sacramento area from 1980 until his retirement in 2018. His work included directing Choir, Orchestra, and Musical Theater at Sacramento High School/Visual and Performing Arts Centre and Davis Sr. High School as well as Holmes, Harper, and Emerson/DaVinci Junior Highs in Davis. Mr. Zinn served as Resource and Repertoire representative for Show Choir/Contemporary Commercial Music to the California Choral Directors Association from 2015-2019.
Bill performed with the Sacramento Opera 1986-2005 and Sacramento Master Singers 2005-present as a chorister and soloist. He served as Artistic Director on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Mountain Music Camp for 20 years. Mr. Zinn’s ensembles have competed and performed throughout California and nationwide in choral and orchestral festivals. His Sacramento High Choirs were invited to sing in front of the White House in Washington DC in 2000. His students have gone on to careers in the performing arts on Broadway, at Disney and Universal, in Chanticleer, New Orleans, Los Angeles and in the current Philip Touring Cast of Hamilton.
During Pam's elementary teaching career and Girl Scout leading, she directed several children's choirs and musicals along with leading school wide sing-alongs and Day Camps. She was also involved with Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church's first bell choir. From there, Pam sang and rang bells at Freemont Presbyterian Church directed by Mel Olsen. Pam also sang in the Presbyterian church choirs in Auburn and Loomis. Pam is currently a member of the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra
Heidi has been a part of many choral groups through her high school years until present as a vocalist and pianist. She continues her passion of composing and transposing music for salon concerts, choral groups and vocalists.
Heidi is an Interior Designer who moved to the Sacramento area from Vancouver, B.C. in 2014. She has 2 boys who keep her busy managing and volunteering for their many athletic teams. She has a great love for adventure, the outdoors, and art in all of its many forms.
Christine is active in many professional associations for language educators and co-directs the local site of the California World Language Project, which provides professional development for language educators throughout northern California. In 2007, she was highly honored as National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and recently completed a 4 year appointment to the California Curriculum Commission, an advisory body to the State Board of Education. When she has time, Christine enjoys cooking and spending time with her cats.
Having graduated from CSU Sacramento with a degree in English, Courtney is an avid reader. She considers herself a lover of good books in general – Jane Austen in particular (#teamDarcy) – and she helped to start a book club that has been running for over 10 years just so that she can have great bookish discussions with good friends once a month.
Most recently, Courtney had taken a few years off from singing and piano teaching, since raising small children (a precocious daughter and rambunctious twin boys), as well as working in the insurance industry, took up most of her time. She is delighted to be able to dust off her music stand and sing again with such a great group of musicians!
Tania spent many years performing as soloist for various choral groups in the Greater Sacramento area and beyond, including Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Sing NapaValley and the Davis Chorale. Currently Tania focuses her professional energy on her work as choral director for Pioneer High School in Woodland, CA.
When she isn’t singing, Tania can befound working in her vegetable garden, walking her dog or hanging out with her son and husband.
She taught piano for nearly 30 years and also served as director of an elementary school choir in the San Juan Unified School District. Very active in the MTAC, Sierra Branch, Melissa is past president and current board member.
She is also a business owner: Melissa and husband Scott bought Tim’s Music in 2005 and she works part-time in the business. Besides Chanteuses, Melissa has sung with the Sacramento Chamber Singers and The Mark Clark Chorale. She likes reading, attending shows, time with friends and family, and outings in Tahoe and Bodega Bay.
She joined Chanteuses in 2018 and continues to appreciate the camaraderie among these great ladies who are both great musicians and lovely friends. Jenny continues to teach piano and perform in the Sacramento area and is the mother of 6 children. Her other hobbies include cooking, playing tennis, skiing, traveling and real estate ventures.
Linda has many years of music lessons behind her and has sung in a great variety of groups on both coasts, most recently (before joining Chanteuses) with the Davis Chorale. Linda loves reading, working crossword puzzles, and gardening, volunteering at the UC Davis Arboretum each week; she recently took up another "hobby", being Grandma to two little grandsons. She, husband Bill, and the youngest of their three children live in Davis, California.
Singing is Roberta's passion. Roberta is happily married to Gene Snyder and together they have been richly blessed with family members who have musical notes running in their bloodstreams...even the precious ones who married into the family are musical. Roberta loves to vocalize and harmonize with all the members of her extremely talented family. Roberta also enjoys gourmet cooking, gardening, sewing, and loving all her grandbabies!
Laurel has been singing with Chantueses since 2002. Prior to that she performed with the Sacramento Choral Society and Sacramento Chamber Singers. Laurel feels very honored to be singing with such incredible musicians, and having an opportunity to sing with Chanteuses. Laurel studies voice under Sharon Erman. Laurel also sings with Camerata California.
Education has been the other constant in Athol’s life. She graduated from Hoover High School and summa cum laude from CSU, Fresno with a BA in English. She also holds a Masters in Administrative Services from Pepperdine University. After 22 years of teaching high school English and another 6 as a high school administrator, Athol served as Principal of Newbury Park High School in Ventura County for eight years. One of her favorite things to do as Principal was to sneak out of the office and visit the choir classes to sing for a few minutes. She was honored when students asked her to join with them and alumni at performances or to sing the National Anthem at school events. During her tenure at the school, both the choral and instrumental programs grew to include: Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Marching Band, Concert Band, two levels of Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Beginning Strings, and Orchestra – all in spite of severe budget cuts.
After retirement, she and her husband bought a century-old home in Midtown and are loving Sacramento! She is blessed with two children and their wonderful spouses, and one grandson. A second grandchild is due to arrive very soon. She currently sings with the choir at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Camerata California, and Chanteuses.
Moving from New York to Sacramento in 1992, Alysse found a home with several groups, including the San Juan Adult Choir, the Sacramento Valley Concert Choir (14 years), and from 2006-2013 the Three Rivers Chorale & the Women's Choral Studio, both under the direction of Catherine Fagiolo.
Her hobbies include photography and sports/fitness such as belly dancing, Zumba, hiking, and kayaking.
Although Alysse doesn't have as much "formal" musical training or a music degree as many of the group's members, she is passionate about singing and honored to be a part of the Chanteuses family!
She studied music at CSUS and, armed with a BM in Voice and a teaching credential, Cynthia did some singing and teaching, then spent a number of very satisfying years as a professional nanny. Now the mom of Aaron and Julia (and Koa, the family standard poodle) and with yet more education under her belt, Cynthia is about to embark on a new career, having recently completed nurse’s training.
She sang with the Sacramento Chamber Singers before joining Chanteuses. Her favorite pastimes are scuba diving, knitting, jewelry making, skiing, and “hanging out” with her kids and her dog.
Since 2012 Ciandra has been a worship leader in her church. She is excited to join Chanteuses in 2020 to resurrect her love for choral music specifically.
She auditioned for and performed with the Sacramento Choral Society for a few years after moving to Sacramento.
She learned of Sacramento Master Singers from her daughter Laura, who was involved in choral arts in high school and performed with them via her own school choir. After auditioning, Amber spent nearly 10 years as a member of Sacramento Master Singers as a First Soprano.
After taking a hiatus from choral music due to her career, Amber was invited by William Zinn to audition for Chanteuses in January of 2020 and is now a happy participant as a First Soprano.
When Amber is not singing, she is a Senior Life and Health insurance Agent with First Sierra Insurance Services in Sacramento, helping seniors with their health insurance needs. She is also a Jewelry Fabrication instructor at Metal Arts Academy in Auburn CA. She is the proud parent of 3 adult children, and is happily married.
She started singing when she was in junior high, under the direction of Mr. Zinn (current director of Chanteuses!), and followed it through high school with Concert Choir and Jazz Choir. During her college years at UC Berkeley, she started singing with Women’s Chorale her freshman year, then moved on to singing with one of the university's premier a cappella groups, Artists in Resonance, for the following three years. She fell in love with a cappella music, and how each part had a voice in creating the larger musical story. She had opportunities to travel around the state, singing at weddings, and recording a CD with the group.
When Macara isn’t singing with the women of Chanteuses, she works as a junior high school counselor in Davis, CA, working with middle schoolers on academics, social emotional development, and career and college preparation. She’s been working as a counselor for two years, and is excited to see how she can help the youth she works with blossom and grow in their own way. She enjoys spending time with her family, furry loved ones, and spends most of her time watching crime shows on Netflix.
During her time there, she performed three student recitals and was a member of two of the university’s top ensembles: The Concordia Choir, in which she served on the council and as alto section leader, and Concert Handbells. Rikki has sung with several vocal ensembles, including the Sacramento Master Singers, the American River College Choir, and the award-winning Sweet Adeline’s barbershop quartet “Heavenly."
Along with herlove of ensemble singing, Rikki is also passionate for musical theatre. She has been in several shows with El Dorado Musical Theatre, the Concordia University theatredepartment, and Light Opera Theatre Sacramento. Not only has Rikki performed acrossthe US, but also in Australia and Europe, specifically in such places as St. Peter’sBasilica, the Berliner Dom, and the Salzburg Residenz Palace.
Currently, she directs thehandbell ensemble, adult choir, and contemporary vocal ensemble at Light of the Hills Lutheran Church.
From ages 15-18, Tessa sang and acted as Student Director in the Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir directed by Karen Gardias; she worked with composers Stephen Schwartz, Eric Whitacre and many other incredible talented individuals.
She took a break from organized music while attending college in Ashland, Oregon where she enjoyed local theater and musical performances while pursuing an Environmental Science degree. Now she is back in the Sacramento area working for an engineering consulting firm by day, and singing with Chanteuses by night!