Singers (click on a name to read a brief bio)
Barbara Ann Powell
Search for our next Artistic Director
We are currently searching for our next Artistic Director and we invite applications from all interested and qualified candidates. Please see complete details for applying and submit materials as instructed.
Interim Director Melissa Rooklidge
Melissa Rooklidge is excited to serve as the Interim Artistic Director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble for the fall of 2019. Also on faculty at Opus Ithaca, she founded and directs the Odyssey Choir, in addition to teaching Kodály courses, adult musicianship classes, and private vocal musicianship lessons. Ms. Rooklidge previously held the position of Assistant Music Director and Director of Operations for the GMChorale in Middletown, Connecticut from 2017-2019. She served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Waterbury Youth Chorus from 2011-2016, and as the Yale Camerata Chorus Manager and Concert Production Assistant at Yale University from 2012-2015. Additionally, Ms. Rooklidge taught choirs, general music, and voice in public and private schools throughout Connecticut from 2011-2017. As a guest clinician, she taught in her second language of Italian as the visiting music instructor at Istituto Comprensivo Ildovaldo Ridolfi in Tuscania, Italy, in 2010. She also sings with Alchemy, a professional vocal chamber ensemble based in Connecticut, and she has had the honor of singing in choruses in prominent venues such as Carnegie Hall. Ms. Rooklidge studied conducting with Drs. André Thomas and Kevin Fenton at Florida State University, where she earned a Master of Music Education degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a Concentration in Voice from Texas Tech University, mentored by acclaimed composer, conductor, and author Dr. Susan Brumfield.
Board of Directors
The Board assumes responsibility for our group’s fiscal well-being, long-term direction, and overall stability. We are looking for interested community members to join these critical efforts. Contact us for more information.
Heidi Fletcher, Treasurer
Jacqui Kaden, Secretary
Diana Nathanielsz, President