The chronological, geographical, and vocational makeup of MUSICA is as multifaceted as its repertoire. Age has no limit for these singers from late twenties to . . . well we stopped asking. With more than half of the group over thirty, the sound is full, rich and mature. As Mark Munson, Associate Professor of Music and former President of Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA) put it “Such high quality is not necessarily the norm for adult ensembles of this sort.”
Day jobs of the singers include: teachers, business owners, grant and technical writers, an information technology specialist, a painting contractor, and a few domestic goddesses. The group members are just like the people you see at the office or pass on the street, coming together every Tuesday night at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the heart of Dayton, OH to become They come from all across the Miami Valley to rehearse and polish their vocal skills for their next performance.
MUSICA concerts are as multifaceted as their personalities. Repertoires includes music from all genres, and venues can be as elaborate as the Gothic Cloisters at the Dayton Art Institute or as intimate as a private party in the home of a faithful patron.
“It was a varied program. There is something for everybody…..They are so well-trained-it’s just a joy to listen to them. They produce some fantastic sounds!”
Bruce George, the President & Founder of the Troy Mayors’ Concert, Inc.
Put our next concert date on your calendar and plan to join us!
Andrea Kline Boothe
Andrea Boothe is a magna cum laude graduate of Radford University (Radford, VA) with a degree in Voice Performance. She is a certified music educator and has enjoyed teaching middle and high school choir. Locally, Andrea has been a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus and has performed for the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association’s annual Designers’ Show House and Gardens. This season she will be featured singing the National Anthem for the Dayton Dragons. Andrea has sung with the Roanoke Opera and Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in Virginia and in 2004 participated in an international choir festival in Yekaterinburg Russia. As a soprano soloist she has been featured in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, and John Rutter’s Gloria. Andrea currently lives in Dayton with her husband and daughter. The 2011-2012 season is her first season with MUSICA.
Marly Coldiron is a 2011 graduate of Hanover College (Hanover, IN) with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and English. A Dayton native, she has returned home seeking a career in museums and non-profit organizations with plans to earn a Master’s degree in museum studies in the future. At Hanover, she was a member of both college choral ensembles and took private voice lessons, presenting several recitals, numerous solos, and performing as the featured vocal soloist at the annual event, President Honors the Arts. Prior to college, she was a member of the Kettering Children’s Choir and participated in various other musical and theatrical performances in the Dayton area. The 2011-2012 season is Marly’s first with MUSICA.
Soprano/Alto Elyse grew up in the Miami Valley and graduated from Oakwood High School. She went on to pursue a degree in Art History from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and was a member of the famed St. Olaf choir for 3 years, touring all over the United States as well as in the UK and Ireland. Elyse loves poetry, art and music and has a passion for art provenance, the research of the history of ownership of works of art– especially of art that was looted during World War II. Elyse currently sings in the choir of Lutheran Church of Our Savior with several other Musica! members. She also speaks French and can make a sound exactly like a trumpet. 2010-2011 is Elyse’s first season singing with MUSICA.
and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
She has been married to Frank for 40 years and they have two grown daughters as
well as a son and daughter-in-law who are the parents of their beautiful granddaughter, Maddie.
Diane has sung with the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers and Opera Chorus, and with
Dayton Bach Society. The Gentners have lived in the Dayton area for over 30 years.
Diane loves reading, and other hobbies include; sewing, needle crafts and quilting. Diane is
an active volunteer and sings in the choir at St. George’s Episcopal Church. She’s been a
teacher, church choir director, business manager, office manager and retail store manger.
One of the founding members of Musica! She says, “I feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of
Musica! It has been a wonderful musical experience to grow with this group. All the people who
have sung with Musica! over the years have enriched my life – even Dean.”
Originally from New York, Sheila graduated from Bard College with a degree in English Literature, then moved to Ohio when husband Cliff accepted a teaching position at Wittenberg University. She took several music classes at Wittenberg and began singing with some of the University vocal ensembles, including: Kalliope, a small Early Music group which also performed Renaissance dances; Chamber Singers, an SATB group which toured in Seoul, South Korea and Kyoto, Japan; and The Wittenberg Singers, an advanced women’s ensemble which is planning a trip to Germany in Spring 2012 with the Wittenberg Choir. Sheila has also sung with the Springfield Symphony Chorale since it was formed, performing such major works as the Vivaldi Gloria, the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Aside from the performing and visual arts, Sheila’s other main passion is working with animals. She bred, raised and showed Egyptian Arabian horses for many years, and now works with Therapy and Service dogs. She is the proud mother of daughter Jessalyn.
Sheila is new to Musica! for the 2011-2012 season, and is really looking forward to singing with such a talented and accomplished group.
United States Air Force. She heard her first Musica! concert in 2005 and,
enchanted with the style and variety of the group, decided to audition (with
a little encouragement from her good friend Diane Gentner). The 2009-10
season will be her fifth season with the group. She has been a trustee on
the Musica! board since 2007 and is the president of the board for the
2010-11 season. She has sung as a chorus member with the Dayton Opera and
is a member of the choir of St. George’s Episcopal Church (Dayton, Ohio).
in Monroe, Ohio and is currently pursuing an Ohio Teaching Endorsement for
Teaching English as a Second Language. She enjoys traveling to Europe every
other summer with her German students. Harriet earned a Bachelor of Music
degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Masters in Education from
Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio). She has sung with Bach Society of
Dayton and the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus. And in her spare time Harriet
enjoys gardening, working on house projects, reading, and keeping up with
the activities of her 20-something twins Janet and Daniel.
in Beethoven’s Ninth symphony with the Pittsburgh Mendelssohn Choir (his parents
actually did). Following a move to Cincinnati, he grew up with the May Festival, and
joined the chorus, this time for real, upon graduation from college. He sang with the
May Festival for several years, acquiring many wonderful memories and a greatly
deepened love for music. He joined Musica! in 2000, and feels that this has been
a delightful journey with many more memories and friends acquired along with way.
Tim straddles baritone and tenor for Musica!, and serves on the board. He is the proud
parent of four children. Tim’s current day job is a data warehouse architect and developer.
Master of Arts in Educational Administration, a Doctorate in
Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati, and completed
post-doctoral work with the Harvard Change Institute. A former
art teacher, Gary once worked as a studio artist for John A. Ruthven,
one of the world’s leading wildlife artists. He is currently employed as a
public school superintendent in Southwest Ohio. A lifelong Buckeye,
Gary is married to his high school sweetheart, Margaret.
A life long Daytonian, he attended Dayton Public Schools
and graduated from Colonel White H.S. Dan has had numerous
engagements with the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus during
Clark Haines era and with The Dayton Opera Chorus from
1997-2003. He now sings at The Lutheran Church of
Our Savior under the direction of his wife, Ginger.
He’s the other tall guy in the back row.
theater stage and as a church soloist. He has sung with Miami University Men’s Glee
Club, Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, and Dayton Bach Society. Performances include
productions with Opera Funatics, Wright State Opera Workshop and Dayton
Playhouse. Kurt is a retired Dayton School teacher and currently self-employed
interior and exterior painter. In addition to volunteering at Dayton Children’s and
Miami Valley Hospitals he enjoys biking, hiking and gardening.