Clarinet and Saxophone
Sarah Manasreh has enjoyed a diverse performing career, appearing in concert venues throughout the United States and Europe, performing in seven different countries. Currently, she is teaching at Albion College and Expressions Academy of Music and has performed with the Holland Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and the Michigan Philharmonic. While acting as interim associate professor of clarinet and music theory at the University of Arkansas, she has held positions as principal clarinetist of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. She also performed as a Broadway woodwind specialist in shows such as Legally Blond, South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Little House on the Prairie, and Grease. In addition, Sarah has instigated community music schools and musical outreach programs throughout the United States and England, working to bring music to underserved children and adults through the teaching of composition and individual instrumental lessons. She has taught and performed as a guest at the University of Arkansas band camps, Coastal Carolina College, Chautauqua festival, and the Michigan State Conductor’s Symposium.
Sarah completed her Bachelors of Music Performance at Florida State University and Master’s of Music Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music. Currently, Sarah is working towards her Doctorate in Musical Arts at Michigan State University under the instruction of Dr. Elsa Verdehr
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.