Ann MacDonald, M.Mus., Founding & Artistic Director
Ann MacDonald is Founding and Artistic Director of Bellingham Sings, an intensive choral/vocal training and performance program for Whatcom and Skagit County singers and choristers. For the past seven years, she has been devoted to developing both choral and vocal music in Bellingham. During this time, Ms. MacDonald has also been active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in both Canada and the United States.
Ms. MacDonald has been active in music education since 1987 and has taught elementary through college level. She has extensive experience in vocal jazz studies, singing and teaching with Grammy nominee arranger and educator Phil Mattson.
Ann earned her bachelor‘s degree in Voice Performance with high honors from The Boston Conservatory and her master’s degree in Choral Conducting with highest honors from the University of Arizona, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Skones. For the past several years, Ms. MacDonald has both observed and taken classes in post-graduate choral studies at the University of Washington and Western Washington University. She is a recent graduate of the 3 Year Somatic Studies Program through to Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
Dr. Timothy M. Black, Artistic Dir. – Allegra Women’s Ensemble
Dr. Timothy M. Black is a 24-year, career music educator, having taught choral and instrumental music at all levels, K-12 and college in Washington State, Idaho, Kentucky, and for 12 years in Okinawa, Japan for the U.S. Department of Defense Schools.
Dr. Black received his B.A. in Music Education from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, a M.M. in Choral Conducting from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music with Dr. Eph Ehly and a D.M.A. in Music Education from Boston University.
Tim has been choral director of the Bellingham Community Chorus since 2015 and directs music at the United Church of Ferndale. He approaches his new role as artistic director of Allegra Women’s Ensemble with much energy and excitement!
Hadassah McGill, Asst. Director and Accompanist
Bellingham native Hadassah McGill has been a serious part of the local and regional music scene for over ten years. She has worked with Western Washington University, Bellingham Sings, Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham Theatre Guild, and numerous soloists. Hadassah credits Tim Fitzpatrick and Justin Wisness as her most influential music teachers.
Cheryl Hodge, Artistic Dir. – Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers
Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers’ director, Cheryl Hodge (former Berklee College of Music voice faculty) has directed many jazz choirs in her long teaching career. Her college choir received the “Outstanding Community College Choir” Award at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest. Other awards include the award for BEST JAZZ SONG, 2013 (Hollywood Music In Media Awards), on Nov. 21, 2013 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. Cheryl also holds a “Grindie Award” from RadioIndy.com
A lively jazz and blues singer, songwriter Cheryl Hodge is always on the scene. Hollywood critic Jim DeCicco (of the Hollywood Music In Media Awards) called her Blues recording (“Roots Don’t Lie”): “A masterfully produced contemporary (Chicago) jazz/blues release that is fresh and vivid. World class performances and arrangements – a must for any true music lover’s collection.” Downbeat critic, Bob Protzman said of Hodge: “In the seemingly eternal debate about who or what is or isn’t a jazz singer, anybody with ears would without hesitation and with great enthusiasm cite Cheryl Hodge as the real thing.”
Cheryl is the author of “A Singer’s Guide to the Well-Trained & Powerful Voice”. She served for 8 years on voice faculty at Berklee College of Music, and for 21 years at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC; heading up the Songwriting and Vocal departments. She also sang on ATCO Record’s 1990 “Record of the Year”: Lost Souls by The RAINDOGS.
Conner’s bio is coming soon, stay tuned!