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! .
Michael Mercer is thrilled to be taking on the role of Chorus Manager of Allegrezza. As an alumnus of Percussion and Voice at Illinois State University (1997) he performed with both the ISU Wind Symphony and the Chamber Choir. Since moving to Chicago, Michael has performed with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago (2002-2010; Board Member 2009-2010); Chicago Choral Artists (2007-2013); Peregrine Vocal Ensemble (2014-2015) and Allegrezza (2015-present). Michael has made appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Star Wars Concert Tour, chorus member for the Oprah Finale show, and studio work with Patti LaBelle, Rascal Flats, and Aretha Franklin.
The singers of allegrezza
* Denotes Section Leader