Karen TenBrink became the director of the Albion College Women’s Chorus in 2007. She has Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan, respectively. She has worked with choirs in various capacities: founder of a children’s choir in Japan, associate conductor of the Ann Arbor Boychoir, choir teacher at middle and high schools in Woodhaven and Novi, choirmaster for the Bangkok Opera in Thailand, and as associate conductor of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor.
She maintains a private voice and piano studio and performs regularly as a choral and solo singer. She lives in Jackson with her husband and two children.
John King has been a member of the voice faculty at Albion since 2007 and director of the opera workshop since 2001. He holds a MM degree in voice/pedagogy from the University of Colorado. He has performed in US and Canada in Operas, Musicals and Concerts. He has also performed on Canadian Television and is a professional voice-over person for a number of companies and also on-air TV advertising. He taught public schools for over 30 years (mostly here in Albion) and is the president of Albion Community Theatre. His Musical and straight theatre background includes over one hundred roles and a similar number of directorial jobs. John performed with Robert Shaw in Brahms’s German Requiem for the inaugural concert at Carnegie Hall.
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Elena Solero received a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) and a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Bowling Green State University, where she studied with John Sampen.
She is currently in her fourteenth year as a staff pianist and vocal coach at Albion College and has accompanied at Indiana/Purdue University-Ft. Wayne, Ft. Wayne Suzuki, and Kellogg Community College as well as several churches, competitions, and choirs. In addition, she has taught at KCC, IPFW Prep, and the Battle Creek Community Music School. She also teaches a private studio of saxophone and piano students and has served as saxophone soloist with the Marshall Community Band as well as Music Director for many Marshall Civic Players productions. She resides in Marshall.
Jim Otto has been a public school music teacher for 33 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. After a year as Graduate Assistant to the Michigan Marching Band, Mr. Otto began his career as Director of Bands at Hillsdale Community Schools. While at Hillsdale, he earned his Master’s degree in Brass Winds Performance from the University of Michigan. In 1986 he went to Dearborn Edsel Ford High School where he taught for 15 years. He was Department Chair responsible for overseeing the Music Humanities curriculum and Director of the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Symphony Band and Concert Band. Mr. Otto is currently Director of Bands at Beach Middle School in Chelsea and Associate Director of the Chelsea High School Bands.
During his career, Mr. Otto has served in a number of capacities for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association including: Vice President for Band & Orchestra and President of District 8, Vice President for Marching Band, Solo & Ensemble as well as President for District 12, and finally Vice President for Jazz and Chairperson for the Conducting Workshop at the state level. He was voted Orchestra Teacher of the Year for District 12 in 1995. He is an adjudicator for the Solo & Ensemble Festivals and Band & Orchestra Festivals. In 2010, he was selected to be a member of the American School Band Directors Association.
Mr. Otto currently plays French Horn with The Liberty Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, the Chelsea Area Players, the Dearborn Symphony, Southfield Symphony, The Vanguard Voice and Brass, Plymouth Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Jackson Symphony, soloist and first horn with the Hillsdale College/ Community Orchestra as well as many other regional community orchestras and brass ensembles.