New Artistic Team Joins Hudson Community Choruses

New Artistic Team Joins Hudson Community Choruses

Hudson Community Choruses welcomes a new artistic leadership team as it enters its 36th season.

Jon C. Petersen was named artistic director in late May, succeeding longtime HCC artistic director Nathaniel Duvuvuei, who moved out of the region. Peterson is joined by Angela Perrine, director of Children’s & Youth Choruses, and Anne Dalby, collaborating pianist.

Peterson earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in choral conducting with a doctoral minor in historical musicology from the University of Arizona and Southern Methodist University. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Austin College with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. A native of Texas, he currently serves as director of music ministries at First Congregational Church in Hudson and has conducted the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir since 2017. Prior to joining FCCH, he was associate professor of music at Malone College in Canton and held a similar position at Bluffton University. He recently served as director of the Master Singers Chorale and has prepared choirs for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Philander Smith College, University of Arizona, and Southern Methodist University.

“I am humbled and excited to be a part of the Hudson Community Choruses team,” said Peterson. “I look forward to creating inspiring music and lifelong memories with the wonderful people who come from all over the region to sing with us or attend our concerts.”

Perrine, director of youth and children’s choirs, is a lifelong music educator. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education in vocal music and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, both from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She also holds a Level 3 Orff-Schulwerk certification from Baldwin Wallace University. Since 2015, she has served as an elementary school music teacher at Rushwood Elementary School in Sagamore Hills and is co-director of the Northeast Ohio Regional All-State Children’s Choir. Previously, she served as director of Glasbena Matica, a Slovenian choral society, music teacher at St. Pascal Baylon School in Highland Heights, and as assistant director of The Singing Angels in Cleveland. Additionally, she has taught elementary through high school students in schools in Louisiana, Texas, and Ohio.

“Our voice is our original instrument that we learn and share. Singing is an expression of our soul and a connection for our hearts,” Perrine said. “Singing with others gives us one of the highest joys and purposes that life offers.”

Dalby joins the choirs with a variety of professional credits as a collaborating pianist. She is a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, where she was the winner of the Young Artist Concerto competition. While at Millikin, she accompanied a number of choral and solo performances and theater productions. She completed private master’s degree piano studies at Kent State University. She also holds a Master of Education in School Counseling from Cleveland State University and is currently a school counselor at Riverside High School, Painesville, Ohio. Dalby has rehearsed and performed in a wide range of choral literature and has served as a collaborating pianist for the Master Singers Chorale, the Chagrin Valley Choral Union, and accompanying programs for the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Library, the Kent Chorus, and a number of area high schools and churches, as well as a staff counselor at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.

“We are thrilled to welcome these three seasoned professionals to lead the Hudson Community Choruses into the future,” said Kathy Sluzewski, Chair of the HCC Board of Directors.

The Hudson Community Chorus was founded in 1988 by two Hudson residents. Its biennial concerts and community outreach events provide area singers with the opportunity to learn choral literature, expand their musical knowledge, and sing with music lovers from Hudson and more than a dozen surrounding communities, while giving area audiences the chance to hear outstanding choral music in their own backyards.

The Youth and Children’s Choruses, which began a decade ago as an effort to expand choral music education in the area, offer musical skill development, the opportunity to build confidence and performance skills, and make friends through music. All three choirs are non-auditional and meet annually from August through May.

The Hudson Community Choruses are funded by ticket sales, membership dues, individual community support, and a sustained grant from Peg’s Foundation, and grants from the Hudson Kiwanis Foundation, the Hudson Community Foundation, SAYPIP, and the Ohio Arts Council. For details, registration information, or upcoming events, visit www.hudsonsings.org.