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"Your choir sings with such beauty, precision, rich tone and wonderful intonation. It was really a joy to watch and listen to the musicality oozing from your performance. Most impressively, the repertoire matched the caliber of this excellent ensemble. Keep up the great work you are doing!"

-- Mark Johnson
Artistic Director, Minnesota Boychoir


Our Staff

Cynthia Salomonson
Cynthia SalomonsonArtistic Director
Director of Cantabile
Director of Design & Marketing
cynthia@bachchildrenschoir.org

Cynthia Salomonson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from California State University, Fresno in the area of vocal performance with a choral conducting emphasis, as well as has received a certification in Kodaly Level 1. Mrs. Salomonson has taught children's choirs in public schools and private organizations throughout the central valley for over twenty-five years. She is currently an elementary music specialist with Clovis Unified School District and was the Associate Director and Administrator of the Central California Children's Choir for seven years. Mrs. Salomonson's professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, California Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the Organization of Kodály Educators.

Jennifer ApplebyJennifer Appleby
Associate Director
Director of Youth Chorale
jennifer@bachchildrenschoir.org

Jennifer Appleby holds a B.A. in Music Education and an M.A. in Choral Conducting from California State University, Fresno. Ms. Appleby is the Director of Choral Activities at Granite Ridge Intermediate and previously taught at Riverview, Bud Rank and Fugman Elementary in Clovis Unified School District.  She served as the Choral Representative for Fresno Madera County Music Educators Association and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and California Choral Directors Association. Ms. Appleby also teaches private voice lessons and is in demand as a vocal coach for musical theater productions.

Rachael WatsonRachael Watson
Associate Director
Director of Vivace
rachael@bachchildrenschoir.org

Rachael Waston currently teaches choir and elementary music in Clovis Unified School District. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University, Fresno in 2009. Mrs. Watson spent four years teaching at the intermediate school level in Central Unified in Fresno before returning "home" to Clovis. She is also the music director at Church of Living Water in Fresno where she has served for nine years on staff. Mrs. Watson has a passion for instilling the love of music and performance in young people. She is married to Chris Watson, also a music teacher, and together they have a young daughter named Daphne.

Catherine CooperCatherine Cooper
Associate Director
Director of Dolce
catherine@bachchildrenschoir.org

Catherine Cooper is a music educator and performer with more than twenty years experience working with elementary and middle school children.  Ms. Cooper advocates an active music-making approach that encourages everyone to sing, play and create!  Ms. Cooper received her B.A. from Westminster Choir College and completed both an M.A. in Music History and Literature and an M.A.T. in Education at the University of Southern California.  She received her Orff-Schulwerk certification from the San Francisco International Orff Course under Doug Goodkin.  Here in Fresno, Ms. Cooper directs the KIDmunity Music organization and teaches K-8 music in the Sanger Unified School District.

Sarah GriffinSarah Griffin
Associate Director
Director of Prima Voce
sarah@bachchildrenschoir.org

Catherine Cooper is a music educator and performer with more than twenty years experience working with elementary and middle school children.  Ms. Cooper advocates an active music-making approach that encourages everyone to sing, play and create!  Ms. Cooper received her B.A. from Westminster Choir College and completed both an M.A. in Music History and Literature and an M.A.T. in Education at the University of Southern California.  She received her Orff-Schulwerk certification from the San Francisco International Orff Course under Doug Goodkin.  Here in Fresno, Ms. Cooper directs the KIDmunity Music organization and teaches K-8 music in the Sanger Unified School District.Sarah Griffin directs our youngest choir, Prima Voce. She has had extensive experience directing Children's and Church Choirs, as well as being a Music Docent for Sylvan Unified School District. Mrs. Griffin holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, with a co-emphasis in International-Marketing from BYU, and also holds units in Child Development and has received a certification in Kodaly Level 1.

Suzanne KimballSuzanne Kimball
Executive Director
Director of Development and PR
suzanne@bachchildrenschoir.org

Suzanne Kimball competently serves as our Director of Development and Public Relations. Mrs. Kimball holds a degree in Social Work from California State University, Fresno. She comes to us with a background in marketing, event planning and fundraising with many non-profit organizations. A love of children, music and community make her a great fit for our organization. Mrs. Kimball loves getting to know all the children and families as well as building the Choir's fundraising capacity.

Lisa ThurmanLisa Thurman
Administrative Director
manager@bachchildrenschoir.org

Lisa Thurman effectively holds the position of our Administrative Director/Choir Manager. Mrs. Thurman holds a degree from California State University, Fresno and comes to us with a strong background in management and administration, as well as a great deal of experience with non-profit organizations. She is excited to use her gifts and strengths with the Bach Children's Choir and enjoys building relationships with our families and getting to know all of the choir students and their families.


Accompanists
Michelle Graves, Leslie Liles, Noah Greenlaw, Kim Schapansky