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Dr. Barbara Marble Tagg is Artistic Director/FounderDr. Barbara Marble Tagg is Artistic Director/Founder of the Syracuse Children's Chorus and conducts the Senior Choir and Chorale. She is also an Affiliate Artist at Syracuse University where she conducts the SU Women's Choir and is a member of the choral music education faculty. In demand internationally, Dr. Tagg has presented concerts and workshops in England, Europe, Canada, Hong Kong and China, as well as for universities and choral organizations throughout the United States.

Committed to the advancement of the American choral profession, Dr. Tagg is a member of the board of directors of Chorus America, where she recently finished a two-year term as Secretary. She has completed 20 years of service for the American Choral Directors Association where she chaired the National Committee on Children's Choirs and was the first nationally elected Chair of the Repertoire & Standards Committee.

Recognized for her dedication to American music and new compositions, Dr. Tagg has premiered over 75 works for treble choirs. She conducts the annual Keynote Arts Associates Children in Harmony Choral Festival in Orlando, Florida and the Adirondack Children's Chorus at the Adirondack Festival of American Music in Saranac Lake, NY. She is an Honorary Member of the Ernst Bacon Foundation, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, and has been honored by ACDA, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Civic Morning Musicals, and Sigma Alpha Iota for her commitment to musical excellence, music education and to the choral art.

Deborah A. Cunningham is a vocal and general music educator at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School, where she conducts both the Fifth and Sixth Grade Choruses, as well as the Women's Chorus. She is also the Organist and Cherub Choir Director at Christ Episcopal Church in Manlius, NY.

Ms. Cunningham holds Master's degrees in Music Education and Performance, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Syracuse University. She completed all three levels of the Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training Course at the Eastman School of Music, and completed all three levels of the Kodály Teacher Training Institute at Nazareth College.

In her capacity as an Orff-Schulwerk Specialist, Deborah has been a guest clinician for the NYSSMA Winter Conference, the Greater Rochester American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the Twin Tiers Orff-Schulwerk Association, the New York State Middle School Association, Syracuse University Setnor School of Music, and the Episcopal Dioceses of Central, Western and Rochester, NY. Ms. Cunningham serves as President of the Greater Rochester American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

Active as a collaborative pianist in the Syracuse area, Ms. Cunningham has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Opera Company, and the Skaneateles Festival. She served as accompanist for the Syracuse Children's Chorus during the 1988-89 season, and for Junior Choir from 1999-2006. Ms. Cunningham was the guest conductor of the 2003 Onondaga County Elementary All-County Chorus.

Malcolm Merriweather, Co-Conductor of Senior Choir, is a senior at Syracuse University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with performance honors. As a young singer, he spent eight years as a chorister in the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo. During his years in the Choir, he participated in two tours of the United Kingdom, where he sang at St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London.

Mr. Merriweather has been a member of the Syracuse University Orchestra, Hendricks Chapel Choir, University Singers, Oratorio Society and Opera Workshop. In Spring 2006, Mr. Merriweather was selected to join an Italian cast in Florence for the European premiere of the opera Snow White by Luigi Zaninelli. Subsequently, he was invited to return to Florence and perform in the opera Gianni Schicchi in Summer 2006. An active member of several campus organizations, Mr. Merriweather was the musical director of Cole Porter's Anything Goes! with the student-run theatre group First Year Players in Spring 2006. He is also the musical director for Orange Appeal, Syracuse University's only all-male a cappella group. The winner of the 2006 Dennis Gilbert Award in Voice, the Richard Bonelli Vocal Scholarship and a Syracuse University Remembrance Scholarship, Mr. Merriweather plans to pursue graduate studies in voice and choral conducting.

Alice Muzquiz, Accompanist for Chorale, Senior Choir and Training Choir, has accompanied vocal and instrumental soloists for the past 30 years. She has played for Syracuse Opera Company, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, Society for New Music, the Gregg Smith Singers, Summerfame, Syracuse University Summer College, and many local theatre companies. Mrs. Muzquiz is accompanist for the Syracuse University Drama department.

Michael Copps, Accompanist for Junior Choir, is a vocal music specialist for the elementary grades at Manlius Pebble Hill School and begins his tenure with the Syracuse Children's Chorus this season. Mr. Copps is well known as a professional accompanist, having served in this capacity for the New York All-State Chorus, the New York All-State Women's Chorus, and for the American Choral Directors Association Honors Choirs in Boston (2004) and Philadelphia (1998). He is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

Melissa Rashford, Executive Director, began working with the Syracuse Children's Chorus this season. Ms. Rashford holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Industry and a Master's in Business Administration from Syracuse University. While at SU, she was President of the Women's Choir and director of The Mandarins, Syracuse University's oldest all-female a cappella group. Under her direction, The Mandarins performed regularly throughout the Northeast and earned national recognition by advancing to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals in Spring 2004. Ms. Rashford has also performed with the Syracuse University Hendricks Chapel Choir, Oratorio Society, and both the New York All-State Mixed Chorus and the ACDA Eastern Division Collegiate Honor Choir. A recipient of the 2004 Setnor School of Music Faculty, Music Industry, and Choral Awards, Ms. Rashford has most recently served as the graduate assistant in SU's Music Industry Department and as a site administrator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Josephine Corbacio, Office Manager
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Board of Directors
President - Virginia B. Parker
Executive Vice-President - Dr. Barbara M. Tagg
Vice-President - David J. Tagg, Sr.
Secretary - Maren King
Treasurer - Robert S. Kotcher

Daniel Frank, 2006-2007 Chorister Representative
Amanda Carnie
Susan Fox
H. Follett Hodgkins, III
Patricia Howard
Lisa Izant
James G. Schunck
James A. Tuozzolo
Congressman James T. Walsh
Cheryl Whinney

Dr. Bradley P. Ethington

Advisory Board
Arthur Brooks
Carole Brzozowski
Beverly Chiavara
Jean Daugherty
Bonnie Beth Derby
Noreen Falcone
Tim Fox
Dr. William M. Harmand
Peter Manolakos
Francis Nichols
Anthony J. Rivizzigno, Esq.

Honorary Board of Directors
Helen Boatwright
Bob Chilcott
Daniel Hege
Dr. Hope Irvine
Douglas Kinzey
Libby Larsen
Tarky Lombardi, Jr.
Fabio Mechetti
Dr. Doreen Rao
Gregg Smith
Dr. Cornelia Yarbrough
Liu Zhuang