Janice HuNton, Artistic Director
Twin Cities Women’s Choir
Janice is an accomplished conductor, teacher, and performer who is passionate about exploring a wide range of musical genres. She concentrates her musical energy in teaching and choral conducting, focusing on ways to engage amateur voices in healthy technique, collaboration, composition, and the joy of creating music together. She taught at the Perpich Center for Arts Education where she directed the Perpich Choral Arts Ensemble, and the African Music Ensemble. Janice also served as choral director at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis. As a singer, Janice performed as a member of the Dale Warland Singers and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. In recent years Janice has cultivated her ardent interest in the music of West Africa, twice traveling to Ghana for intensive study of Ghanaian music and culture with Bernard Woma at the Dagara Music Center, as well as studying locally with Sowah Mensa and Marc Anderson. Janice earned a Master of Music degree in theory from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition from the University of Wyoming.
Randi Grundahl Rexroth, Artistic Director
Randi is pleased to be working with the Twin Cities Women's Choir as the Artistic Director for ENCORE!. As the upper school choir director at Visitation School, a college preparatory school for 7th-12th-grade women, she is thrilled to be working with this exceptional women's ensemble. Randi has taught middle and high school choir for 15 years, the last 12 at Visitation. She was previously the Ensemble Coach for OVation, a small ensemble from One Voice Mixed Chorus in St. Paul.
In addition to conducting choirs, she is a newly published composer and arranger. Her piece, "My True Love Hath My Heart" was first performed at her wedding and published with Yelton Rhodes. Her newest arrangement "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'" was published in 2012 by Hal Leonard and was performed by ENCORE! at the 2011 Illuminations concert with TCWC.
Randi is grateful to her many professors and teachers at St. Olaf College and Michigan State University and to her mother, Nancy Grundahl, from whom she has learned the most.
Elisa Olson, Executive Director
Elisa comes to Her Voice Productions with over 18 years of arts administration. She has a broad and diverse background in music, theater, and the management of arts organizations. She has managed small regional companies, children’s theater, worked for the John F. Kennedy Center, managed a performance at the White House, and is currently a founding board member of Border CrosSing, a new professional choir in the Twin Cities, whose mission is to integrate historically segregated audiences and musicians in the performance of choral music so that singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities.
Aside from her management background, Elisa is also an accomplished singer/performer/educator and has been running her own voice studio High Frequency Vocal Studio in Apple Valley. Her performance credits include musical theater, workshops, song cycles, recitals, and choral master works. She has sung with the San Jose Symphony, been a featured soloist for the Grand Forks Symphony, and was a member of the Grand Forks Master Chorale for three years. Currently, she is an active member of the Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale.
Rosie Romportl, TCWC Accompanist
Rosie Romportl has been an elementary classroom teacher, a music specialist, a piano teacher and a church musician, occasionally all at the same time! Retired from those rich endeavors, she has been the accompanist for the Twin Cities Women’s Choir for many years, as well as a gardener, a grandmother, a nature enthusiast, a knitter, a neighbor, a sister, a seeker, and a friend. Rich still.
Cheryl Peterson-Schurke, TCGC Accompanist
Cheryl Peterson-Schurke is excited to be working with the TCGC as the accompanist. Currently, she also serves as the accompanist for Tartan High School’s choral department and teaches private piano lessons out of her home.
A graduate of St. Olaf College, Cheryl earned a degree in vocal music education and sang in Manitou Singers, Chapel Choir and the St. Olaf Choir. She has served as the musical director for Edgerton Elementary School’s drama productions; directed elementary and middle school church choirs, and taught pre-school music at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. She also sang with the Minnesota Chorale for several years.
Cheryl and her husband are parents to 3 girls and live in Maplewood. She enjoys Nordic skiing with the family, gardening and reading a good book whenever time allows!
Board of Directors
Sandi Sherman, President
Sage Walen, President-Elect
Karleen Kos, Vice President
Ronna Puck, Treasurer
Meg Swanson, Secretary
Elisa Olson, ex-officio