Leadership

The Calliope Board

President: Amy Gort
Vice President: Patrice Salmeri
Treasurer: Catherine Kirkpatrick
Secretary: Allie Wigley
At-Large Members:
Cathleen Carris
Grace Kelley
Jane Sturges 
Julia Raymond
Maureen Dunaway

Contact the board at board@calliopewomenschorus.org.

Director

Krystal Stark

Many people regret never learning or discontinuing to play an instrument, and some regret not participating at all. Creating life-long music makers is one of the primary goals for Dr. Krystal Stark in her work as an educator and conductor. A native of Kansas City, Krystal received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University in Music Education. She began her career teaching high school and middle school choir in Kansas. Following her master’s degree, Krystal and her wife moved to Alabama to pursue her doctorate education, during which she continued to teach in the public schools.

Krystal has taught music in public schools for grades pre-kindergarten through high school, conducted university and church ensembles, taught methods and vocal pedagogy courses, and presented original research on multicultural music at the National American Choral Directors Association Conference.

Following Krystal’s graduation from the University of Alabama in May 2017, the Twin Cities area seemed like a perfect fit for her family’s social and cultural values. So they packed up and moved across the country! Now, Krystal and her wife enjoy their spare time with their two children, two-year-old Aeris and newborn Leto. They like taking them to the park and the science museum. In her creative time, Krystal enjoys taking photographs, crafting jewelry, and drawing.

Associate Director

Mark Bilyeu

Described as “superb partner,” pianist Mark Bilyeu passionately engages in music as a committed performer, inspiring teacher and enterprising curator. As a performer, he was the only American finalist in the 2015 Das Lied Song Competition, and maintains a busy concert schedule. As an educator, he has served as faculty at several universities, most recently at the University of Northern Iowa as a Visiting Artist in Vocal Coaching and Collaborative Piano. As a curator, his pride and joy is the Source Song Festival: a weeklong celebration of words and music in Minneapolis.

 

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