LINDSAY DECOSTE is excited to be singing a third season with the Phoenix Chorale! She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University. A native of southern California, Lindsay attended Mt. San Antonio College for three years, where she sang under the direction of Bruce Rogers. After transferring to NAU, she held leadership positions in Shrine of the Ages and High Altitude, performed with NAU Opera and as part of the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers. Lindsay currently serves on the AzACDA board as the Vocal Jazz Repertoire and Resources Chair and teaches choir and AP Music Theory at Red Mountain High School in Mesa.
ANJELICA SIMONE is absolutely thrilled to be singing in her first season with the Phoenix Chorale. Anjelica studied Choral Music Education at Northern Arizona University where she was highly involved in the majority of the choral ensembles including Shrine of the Ages, High Altitude, Chamber Singers, and the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers. Anjelica currently serves as the alto section leader and Cantor at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and sings with Solis Camerata. She also performs both as a soloist and as part of choral ensembles around the valley. Anjelica works full time as an Administrative Assistant at an accounting firm in Chandler.
HANNAH KIMBALL is excited to be in her first season with the Phoenix Chorale! She is currently student teaching and in her final semester at Northern Arizona University working toward a degree in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis. She has participated and toured with the Shrine of the Ages Choir under the direction of Dr. Edith Copley as well has having been involved in Vocal Jazz groups Northern Voices and High Altitude under the direction of Dr. Ryan Holder. In her senior year, she served as the music director of the award-winning all-female a cappella group the NAU Axecidentals. While at NAU, Hannah studied private voice with Dr. Ricardo Pereira and Dr. Judith Cloud. She was previously a member of the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers, the choir-in-residence at the Church of the Red Rocks, and is presently an alto section leader at Christ Church Anglican.
JULIA POWERS is in her first season with the Chorale. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. The ensemble at SFASU was featured at the 2011 TMEA and the 2012 Southwest ACDA Conventions. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Music Program in Vocal Performance at Baylor University. While at Baylor, she led the alto sections of the the Baylor A Cappella choir and the Baylor Chambers Singers, under the direction of Dr. Jerry McCoy and Dr. Brian Schmidt. Apart from choral performing, she is an active soloist. Her recent performances include Chicago Summer Opera, Red River Lyric Opera, and her Carnegie Hall debut as a finalist of the Baylor Semper Pro Musica Solo & Chamber Competition. She is excited to begin teaching private lessons, leading the alto section at the Church of the Apostles in Oro Valley, and working with the Phoenix Chorale!
HOLLY SHEPPARD is in her thirteenth season with the Chorale. She began working towards a degree in Vocal Performance at the University of New Mexico and then moved to Phoenix to attend the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). She earned a B.A. in Multimedia with a Digital Animation emphasis and spent six years as an Environment Artist in the video game industry. She currently works as an artist and animator at Scientific Games Firebird Studios creating slot machine games. Holly has continued her vocal education, studying with voice instructor Gail Dubinbaum. She is a regular soloist and performer with Phoenix Opera and member of the Arizona Opera Chorus. She sings with the Schola Cantorum at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral and performs frequently throughout the valley in both solo and choral settings. Holly and her husband George are outdoor enthusiasts living in Mesa with their two birds, Luna and Beaker.
STEPHANIE STICKFORD is in her eleventh season with the Chorale. A native of Ohio, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music business and a Master of Arts degree in music education from The Ohio State University. She moved to Phoenix to attend graduate school at ASU, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education. Over the course of her career, she has taught choir and music appreciation at all levels, delivered presentations at state and national music education conferences, taught private voice and piano, served as a church musician and soloist, performed bedside concerts for hospice patients, and sung with jazz big bands and combos. Stephanie currently teaches vocal and general music at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School in the Paradise Valley School District, is a staff musician at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, and is a member of Helios, a seven-voice early music ensemble. Stephanie loves being around water–swimming, snorkeling, water skiing, and wake surfing.
LEIA WASBOTTEN is so excited to be in her fourth season with the Phoenix Chorale. She holds her Bachelor of Arts – Voice degree from Penn State University and is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Arizona State University. While studying at PSU, Leia was involved in Penn State’s Concert Choir and Essence of Joy where she had the opportunity to perform all over the world, including touring in Europe and singing with The Rolling Stones. Leia is a soprano in both Arizona State’s Chamber Singers and Gospel Choir, where she has been a featured soloist for three years. Leia also directs a church choir at Desert Foothills UMC and teaches voice lessons at ASU and The Music Store.