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 Kimberly Waigwa

Kimberly Waigwa

Kimberly Waigwa, Artist Director

Kimberly Waigwa is a graduate from the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, holding a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. With aspirations to stand out as a high caliber, high energy, and multifaceted educator and conductor, Kimberly has sought to gain a multitude of different musical experiences and leadership opportunities such as Interim Director of the St. Nicholas and After School Music Program Choirs as well as assistant director of the LGBTQA chorus Desert Voices, with which she made her national conducting debut at the 2016 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver, Colorado. Most notably from the last year, Kimberly was selected as 1 of 8 undergraduates to participate in the Inaugural Undergraduate Masterclass at the 2017 American Choral Directors Association’s National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was honored and privileged to work with both clinician Dr. Ann Howard Jones and the Luther College Collegiate Chorale. She also was chosen as the ACE Outstanding New Choral Educator of the Year for 2018. The award was presented on February 2 at the annual conference of the Arizona Music Educators Association.

Kimberly has conducted and sang with the Helios Ensemble, is the Choir Director at Salpointe Catholic High School, and serves as Music Director at Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Over the summer of 2017 she also returned for a second year with Audivi Vocem Conductors Choir, a summer conducting institute in which she conducted selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria with both choir and orchestra.

Most recently Kimberly began as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Women’s Chorus, marking her debut as a GALA Chorus Director. As a proud member of the LGBTQA community and advocate for social justice, Kimberly is looking forward to embarking on this new chapter with the Phoenix Women’s Chorus and continuing to strengthen the numbers and visibility of Arizona’s GALA Choruses .

 
 Dr. Ashley Snavley

Dr. Ashley Snavley

Dr. Ashley Snavley, Pianist

Ashley Snavley graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance in December 2014, where she studied with Dr. Kimberly Marshall.  While attending ASU Ashley also studied collaborative piano, harpsichord, and fortepiano with Professor Russell Ryan.  She accompanies and performs regularly with various musical groups and churches throughout the valley.  Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  After moving to Arizona, Ashley held a position at St. Barnabas Episcopal church in Scottsdale, where she served as interim choirmaster and organist as well as the youth and children’s music associate and handbell director.  Ashley was recently appointed the Director of Music and Arts Ministries at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, after serving as the organist and assistant director for three years.  She has played and participated in recitals on organs in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.  In her free time, Ashley enjoys doing yoga, hiking, playing volleyball, and running marathons.

 
 La Dessa Coleman

La Dessa Coleman

La Dessa Coleman, Music Librarian

La Dessa Coleman, Music Librarian, connected with this group in 2000 after relocating from the Midwest.  La Dessa graduated from The Ohio State University.  She was a patron of the arts community in Ohio and connected with both GALA Choruses: The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus & Muse Women’s Chorus.  La Dessa also sang briefly with Vogelweh Youth Gospel Choir (Germany) and The Ohio State University Gospel Choir.La Dessa was chosen out of a crowd at an Angela Bofill concert in Minneapolis to sing a song with the amazing vocalist and later treated to the backstage experience.

La Dessa’s love of the performing arts was instilled at an early age by her father.  Her formative years were spent travelling across America and to various countries around the world with her family, exposing her to a variety of cultures. As a young person, she aspired to sing like Leontyne Price and Minnie Riperton.   La Dessa also credits her father for teaching her about the importance of being in service to others.  Many who have walked La Dessa’s path with her know that she is a long time human right’s activist & consummate community volunteer.

We are so glad that La Dessa considers this community HOME.

 
 Haley Ritter

Haley Ritter

Haley Ritter, ASL Interpreter

Many people ask Haley Ritter, "How can deaf people appreciate music is they can't hear it?" Her answer to this question is simple. "Just because a deaf person doesn't necessarily hear the music, it doesn't mean that they can't feel it!" 

As someone with a tremendous passion for American Sign Language (ASL), music, and dance, this is where Haley comes in. The women of Phoenix Women's Chorus put so much life and passion into their songs, it is a perfect match for Haley. Haley simply takes the music form and transfers it into a visual, live piece of expression. Her goal is to paint a moving picture of the PWC music, which conveys the same spirit and elegance that flows from their beautiful voices.