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NSCS Leaders

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

Julia Davids

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.


Our Accompanist

Sharon Peterson

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 Elected Officers

Here are the people serving on the NSCS Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 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

Director — Amy Weller

ex officio Music Director — Julia Davids

ex officio General Manager — Karen Rigotti


NSCS Coordinators and Volunteers

These people have agreed to serve as NSCS Coordinators and volunteers for 2017-2018:

Art — Milly Silverstein, Ginny Roeder
Donald Chen Young Artist Award — Anne Heider
Outreach — Pam Anderson
Publicity — Marj Lundy
Social Media — Stephanie McDaniel
Box Office Manager — Jamie Godshalk
Concert Manager — Tom Keller
Concert Program Booklets — Marcia Bollo
House Manager — Joe Boyle
Tickets Manager — Phoebe Segal, Tom Olkowski, Sanna Longden
Patrons — Dirk Walvoord
Program Advertising — Scott Paine
Rebates — Harry Vroegh
Archivist — Melinda Kwedar, Jane Kenamore, Len Barker
Computer Services — Jim Miller, with Debbie Buesing, Ellen Pullin, Dan Woodard
Desktop Publishing — Dorothy Scott, Kathryn Skelton
Mailings — David Hunt
Membership — Emily Rivera
Section Coordinators for 2017-2018
Soprano I: Julie McDowell
Soprano II: Rose Gomez
Alto I: Kay Rossiter
Alto II: Fran Faller
Tenor: Dave Crumrine
Baritone/Bass: Harry Vroegh
Music Librarian — Bruce Gladfelter, Nancy Slichenmyer
Printing — Martha Kinzel
Social Events — Laura Koroski
Legal Counsel — Kathryn Skelton