Timm Adams, Artistic Director
Timm Adams has had the honor of conducting the Chicago Chamber Choir since January of 2000, after singing with the group for one season. Adams is currently Associate Professor of Music at Rockford University in Rockford, IL, where he teaches private voice and musical theatre courses, conducts three choirs, and musical directs the Performing Arts Department’s mainstage musicals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Liberty University and a master’s degree (M.M.) in vocal performance from Baylor University, where he served as Opera Teaching Assistant and directed several operas. A conducting student of Dr. K. Lawrence Renas and a voice student of Dr. John Van Cura, Adams has had the privilege of singing under the tutelage of Dr. Eph Ely, Dr. Hugh Sanders, Dr. Robert Young, and the renowned Dr. Robert Shaw. He also has enjoyed an extensive career in theater, both as an actor and musical director, and has performed throughout the U.S. in summer stock, regional theater, and in numerous revues, including a premier contract aboard Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas.
Kayleigh Dudevoir, General Manager
Kayleigh Dudevoir is thrilled to join the Chicago Chamber Choir as their General Manager for the 2013-2014 season. Dudevoir graduated with honors from Boston College where she founded and directed The Madrigal Singers of Boston College, the university’s only early music chamber choir. Former President of the ensemble, Dudevoir wrote and arranged original pieces for the Madrigal Singers but chose to make her career in Arts Management. She works in general operations for The Newberry Consort and acts as grant-writer for the organization. Dudevoir also served as the interim Managing Director for Bella Voce during their transition in the 2012-2013 season and currently sits on their Board of Directors. Through her career at Boston College, she gained experience in executive management, fundraising, and marketing in the arts and has worked with choral ensembles, chamber groups, orchestras, and theatre companies. She lives in downtown Chicago and is taking courses at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Board of Directors
Uvon Tucker, President *
Virginia Mann, Vice-President
Toria Burrell, Secretary
Amy Keipert, a member of Chicago Chamber Choir since 2008, is delighted to serve as the Associate Conductor. Keipert is currently the Director of Choirs at McCracken Middle School in Skokie, where she conducts six ensembles and directs the musical. She is also the music director for Caught in the Act theatre company and a private voice instructor. Keipert graduated summa cum laude with a music education degree from Augustana College, where she studied conducting with Dr. Jon Hurty and Dr. Michael Zemek. As a member of the esteemed Augustana Choir, Chamber Singers, and Handel Oratorio Society, she served as the soprano section leader and assistant to the conductor. Keipert holds a master’s degree in education from Olivet Nazarene University. She appears as a soprano soloist with a variety of Chicago area ensembles, and she has also traveled nationally and internationally to perform. Keipert’s professional affiliations include the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Toria Burrell, Assistant to the Conductor
Toria Burrell is the Founder, and former Artistic Director of the Chicago Chamber Choir, which she began in 1999 under the name "Cantabile". She served as Composer-in-Residence for the CCC until 2007, and sang Alto in the choir for the last 2 years. She still works for the CCC as Assistant to the Conductor, Secretary of the Board, and Blog Writer for this CCC web-site. Toria is a British ex-pat musician (singer, flautist, pianist, accompanist, conductor, composer and instructor). She has an MA in English Literature from Clare College, Cambridge (England), and diplomas in Music Performance from the Royal Academy of Music, London. An orchestral player and chorister for over 30 years, her many memorable performances include: singing at the Royal Albert Hall, London, with the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, singing in Kings Chapel, Cambridge, with the Queens College Chapel Choir, singing at the Oberammergau Music Festival with the West Sussex Children's Choir, performing flute concertos with various symphony orchestras, and appearing on the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Toria is also a writer (of fiction and non-fiction), Reiki practitioner, and certified Doula, as well as a mother of 2 school-age children.
Edward F. Davis, Composer-in-Residence
Edward Davis is an English-American composer of contemporary classical (primarily choral) music. He graduated with Honors in music composition from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago. His music has been performed throughout the Midwest, including at the IMEA All-State Conference in 2011, as well as in the Catalunya region of Spain. In addition to composing, Ed maintains an active performing career as a singer; he has performed with Nova Singers, Chicago Choral Artists, and Manhattan Concert Chorale (which allowed him the privilege to perform in Carnegie Hall), and worked with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer in June 2013 as part of their biennial Sonoma Choral Workshop. Currently, he is a member of Bella Voce, Wicker Park Choral Singers, Chicago Chamber Choir (for which he serves as composer-in-residence), and Peregrine Vocal Ensemble (of which he is a founding member). Ed has studied composition with Drs. Bruce Polay, Thomas Benjamin, and Marta Ptaszyńska, and currently studies with Drs. Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi. He also works as a sound designer and composer of original music at Rare Terra Theatre in Wrigleyville.
Assistant to the Conductor
Box Office Manager