Except for the Music Director, Assistant Conductor, Accompanist, and General Manager, the leaders of the North Shore Choral Society are all volunteers. A nominating committee identifies a slate of leaders willing to serve for the upcoming season. The members of the Choral Society elect the Board of Directors at a business meeting held in the spring.
Our Music Director
Dr. Julia Davids enjoys a thriving career as a versatile musician. She holds degrees in Education, Conducting and Voice Performance from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario), the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), and a D.M. from Northwestern University. Julia has been Music Director of the North Shore Choral Society since 2009. As a soprano soloist, she is an avid performer and recitalist having appeared with Bella Voce, the Callipygian Players, the Haymarket Opera, Music of the Baroque, and others.
She is the Stephen J. Hendrickson Endowed Chair of Choral Activities at North Park University, Chicago, where she directs the choirs and teaches conducting and music education. Julia has been the Artistic Director of the Canadian Chamber Choir since 2004. Julia is also Director of Music Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church, Wilmette. She is co-author with NSCS member Stephen LaTour of the book Vocal Technique – A Guide for Conductors, Teachers, and Singers. She resides in Skokie with her husband, baroque violinist Martin Davids, and their two children, Judith and Solomon.
Pianist for the Chicago Symphony Chorus since auditioning as a North Park College student in 1978, Sharon R. Peterson continues as Accompanist for the CSC as well as at Northwestern University, North Park University, and the North Shore Choral Society, starting in 1979. She has served as accompanist for several years for Chicago Symphony Singers and CSC’s resident ensembles. During the seven years spent living in Sweden and Norway, Sharon developed a specialty in Scandinavian Piano Repertoire as well as serving as staff accompanist at The Royal Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. Sharon was also the Swedish and Norwegian language coach for the 2005 season at Ravinia’s Steans Institute.
Studying with Elizabeth Buccheri at North Park College (BM degree) and Robert Weirich at Northwestern University (MM degree), Sharon has also accompanied the Lyric Opera [of Chicago] Chorus for several seasons, served as Ballet Accompanist for Lyric’s production of La Clemenza di Tito, been Music Director twice of the Lyric Opera’s “Opera In the Neighborhood” touring production of The Magic Flute, served as staff accompanist at Roosevelt University, pianist for Candle Opera, and accompanist in the studios of soprano Maria Lagios and saxophonist Frederick Hemke. Sharon toured Hawaii with singers Kathleen and Peter van de Graaff and performs with them regularly. Active as a piano and organ recitalist, accompanist with saxophonists, Swedish and Norwegian language coach and vocal coach, Sharon is also organist at North Park Theological Seminary.
NSCS Board and Coordinators
Here are the people serving on the NSCS Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 season:
President — John Darrow
Secretary — Anne Zald
Treasurer — Nancy Slichenmyer
Vice President, Communications — Linda Faller
Vice President, Concerts — Dave Crumrine
Vice President, Fundraising — Jane Schieber
Vice President, Operations — Julie McDowell
Director — Marcia Bollo
Director — Susan Demaree
Director — Fran Faller
Director — Anne Harkonen
Director — Carl Kettler
Director — Jim Miller
Director — Emily Rivera
ex officio Music Director — Julia Davids
ex officio General Manager — Karen Rigotti
These people have agreed to serve as NSCS Coordinators and volunteers for 2016-2017: