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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 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 and the Organization of Kodaly Educators.

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.

Bethany SpeirBethany Speir
Associate Director
Director of Dolce
bethany@bachchildrenschoir.org

Bethany Speir holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with Vocal Music emphasisfromEvangel University. She has taught piano, voice, and choir for 15 years. She is currently an elementary music specialist with Clovis Unified School District, in her 11th year, and a worship leader at Valley Friends Church in Clovis. Bethany has extensive performance experience in choral music, opera, theater, and church music. She is currently a member of the San Joaquin Chorale. Bethany has a passion for teaching children to sing and is happy to be involved with Bach Children’s Choir.

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

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
Lenora Burkett, Michelle Graves, Noah Greenlaw, Breanna Hammons, Matt Horton