Stephen C Edwards
Artistic director & founder
A highly accomplished, versatile, and multifaceted musician and choral director, Stephen C Edwards has been teaching and working with choirs and vocal ensembles for over 15 years. He is the Director of Music and Worship at Union Church of Hinsdale United Church of Christ, where he conducts 6 ensembles. Stephen is the former Artistic Director of Windy City Performing Arts, where he led the Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria. Among Stephen's numerous accomplishments are tenures with the Chicago Symphony Chorus--where he was the featured tenor soloist with the Chicago Symphony in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and most recently, a second term to the national Board of Directors for GALA Choruses, where he will serve another three-year term supporting and promoting GALA Choruses throughout the United States and abroad.
Originally from Hawaii, Kelli earned her Bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University and then went on to study vocal accompanying at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Since moving to Chicago, she has played for both classical and musical theatre voice lessons at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and as a faculty member at Loyola University where she also accompanied the Women’s Choir. Kelli has participated in productions for numerous theatres around the city, including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, Circle Theatre, and Metropolis Theatre. She is thrilled to now be part of the Allegrezza family! .
As Allegrezza's administrator, Kellie has the happy privilege of keeping the group's records in order. While studying Music at the University of Illinois Chicago, she was a member of the University Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women's Choral Ensemble. Kellie has worked with the International Federation for Choral Music, and DePaul University's Community Music Program, as well as taught early childhood music classes. She lives on the North side of the city and couldn't be happier to be a part of Allegrezza!
The singers of allegrezza
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