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Sing Stark

Creating diverse singing communities and choral experiences throughout Stark County.

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Our Singing Communities.

WHY: 

An energetic  and supportive community of mature adults, focusing on the health and wellness benefits of group singing in partnership with Aultman Generations.

 

WHO:

any person age 55+, prior singing experience is not a prerequisite.

 

WHEN:

Tuesdays, 2PM-3PM and Wednesdays, 10AM-11AM

 

WHERE:

Aultman Hospital Main Campus , Aultman West, and  Aultman North

WHY:

Pop a cappella ensemble inspiring and entertaining our community through singing.

 

WHO:

16 trained adult voices selected through an extensive audition process, specializing in fresh and reimagined arrangements, expressed through the beauty and range of the human voice.

 

WHEN:

Thursdays 7PM-9:30PM

 

WHERE:

Glen Oak Performing Arts Center

WHY:

LGBTQIA+ and allied singers, dedicated to celebrating diversity, inspiring equity, and building a community of acceptance.

WHO:

Adult voices who choose to celebrate and honor diversity through singing. 
- No auditions are required.

WHEN:

Tuesdays 7PM-9PM

 

WHERE:

Cultural Center for the Arts-Cable Recital Hall

WHY:

A community of adult singers using their collective voice to inspire, ignite crucial conversations and influence positive change.

WHO:

Adult voices performing

WHEN:

Coming in 2023

 

WHERE:

Coming in 2023

WHY:

Inclusive gatherings, strengthening our community through group singing.

WHO:

Everyone is welcome.

WHEN:

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you. 

 

WHERE:

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

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 Our Upcoming Events.

• Boozy Brunch | October 29th 

• VOX AUDIO Presents - Believe | December 17th & 18th

YOU are our biggest advocate, and we thank you for supporting our Stark County singers!

About Us

Meet the Team.

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Carol Olson

Executive Director | Sing Stark

Carol Olson has served as executive director for Sing Stark since 2014. After twenty-four years of performing, coaching, and teaching, Carol moved into arts administration, advocating for the Arts in a new role. In her tenure with Sing Stark, the organization has expanded from one performing ensemble to multiple ensembles, community engagement programs as well as educational programs. She performed roles in the Opera Theater program at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University while studying with Virginia Zeani and pursuing an MM in Vocal Performance. Carol was the recipient of a private opera fellowship, studying at the Teatro La Fenice, in Venice, Italy and was an opera fellow at the Blossom and Aspen Music Festivals.

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John Hayward

Director | Senior Sing

John Hayward has lived most of his life in Canton/North Canton area. He grew up at the Canton Police Boys Club and graduated from Lincoln High School. He is a graduate of the Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey and did graduate study at Peabody Conservatory, Eastern Kentucky University and Kent State University. As a Music Specialist in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict he served as the assistant Director of and soloist with the Soldiers' Chorus of Washington, D.C. He taught high school Choral Music and Theatre Arts and served churches in five states for 40 years. Locally he served as Director of the Canton Police Boys Club Choir, the Canton Civic Opera, the Greater Canton Mens Chorus and the Canton Symphony Opera productions.  Currently he is the Minister of Music at Community Christian Church, North Canton.  He is married to Jennifer Catazaro (assistant Artistic Director of School of Canton Ballet). They have 7 children and 7 Grandchildren.

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Brian Kieffer

Music Director | Vox Audio

Brian Kieffer, the founding music director of VOX AUDIO (2018), has been the lead choral music director at GlenOak High School in the Plain Local Schools for the past 33 years. Born and raised in North Canton, he received his undergraduate degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a masters degree in choral conducting from Kent State University. In addition to his work at GlenOak, he is an adjunct fine arts faculty member at Malone University where he teaches applied voice and conducts the Women's Concert Choir as well as the High School Honors choir. An Ohio Music Educators adjudicator and clinician, Kieffer’s vocal ensembles have received numerous awards at district, state and national competitions as well as accolades from leaders in the field of choral music. In 2018 , he was honored as Stark County’s “Music Educator of the Year" by the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

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Edward Grimes

Music Director | Sing Out

A Northeast Ohio native, Edward holds a B.A. in Music and M.M. in Conducting from the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. After graduation, he joined the staff as a collaborative artist working with vocalists, instrumentalists, and ensembles. Mr. Grimes worked extensively before and after the turn of the century for the Kent/Blossom Music Festival both in operations, and administrative roles, and as rehearsal conductor for their chamber orchestra programs.  He joined the staff of Opera Cleveland for their 2007 and 2008 seasons as assistant chorus master.  In 2008, he began teaching music, and later gardening and agriculture at Spring Garden Waldorf School in Akron, Ohio where he continues teaching presently. After 26 years at Christ Episcopal Church in Kent, he assumed the position of Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Canton, Ohio, and most recently completed his first season singing with Cleveland Chamber Choir. Edward lives with his wife Jennifer and their two much-loved dogs in Kent, Ohio

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Our Mission

Igniting the power of singing to inspire our community and improve mental health and well-being.

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