Our Singing Communities.
An energetic and supportive community of mature adults, focusing on the health and wellness benefits of group singing in partnership with Aultman Generations.
any person age 55+, prior singing experience is not a prerequisite.
Tuesdays, 2PM-3PM and Wednesdays, 10AM-11AM
Aultman Hospital Main Campus , Aultman West, and Aultman North
Pop a cappella ensemble inspiring and entertaining our community through singing.
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.
Meet the Team.
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.
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.
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
Igniting the power of singing to inspire our community and improve health and well-being.
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