Janice Hunton has been a musician all her life, and has concentrated her musical energy in teaching and choral conducting for the last twenty years. She currently teaches at the Perpich Center for Arts Education where she leads the Perpich Choral Arts Ensemble and many small vocal and instrumental ensembles. Janice was the choral director at First universalist Church from 1997 until 2011, where she deeply enjoyed the chance to work with engaged adults in the process of preparing music for the worship services. Janice received a Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Music degree in theory from Indiana University. She has performed as a member of the Dale Warland Singers, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the University of St. Thomas African Music Ensemble. In 2004, she participated in a national video project through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting entitled Instructional Practice Across the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers, which was published in 2005. Janice received a SURDNA Foundation Arts Teachers grant in 2004 and participated in the Wesley-Balk Music Theater Institute and workshops hosted by the Minnesota Opera.
ENCORE! Artistic Director
Randi Grundahl Rexroth
Randi is pleased to be working with the Twin Cities Women's Choir as the Artistic Director for ENCORE!. As the upper school choir director at Visitation School, a college preparatory school for 7th-12th grade women, she is thrilled to be working with this exceptional women's ensemble. Randi has taught middle and high school choir for 15 years, the last 12 at Visitation. She was previously the Ensemble Coach for OVation, a small ensemble from One Voice Mixed Chorus in St. Paul.
In addition to conducting choirs she is a newly published composer and arranger. Her piece, "My True Love Hath My Heart" was first performed at her wedding and published with Yelton Rhodes. Her newest arrangement "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burnin'" was published in 2012 by Hal Leonard and was performed by ENCORE! at the 2011 Illuminations concert with TCWC.
Randi is grateful to her many professors and teachers at St. Olaf College and Michigan State University and to her mother, Nancy Grundahl, from whom she has learned the most.
Rosie Romportl is a skilled and versatile musician who has been the accompanist for the Twin Cities Women’s Choir since 2003. She has degrees in Elementary Education, Music Education, and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Rosie has been an elementary classroom teacher, piano instructor, church musician, and music educator for over 40 years. Most recently she completed 19 years as music teacher at Highland Catholic School in St. Paul, a school that also employed her as a 3rd grade teacher in the late 70s and 80s. One of her greatest joys has been teaching children of former students! Rosie is delighted to continue to be a part of the Twin Cities Women’s Choir and honored to work (and play) with such a loving and uplifting community of women.
Erica joined the Twin Cities Women's Choir in 2006 as an Alto 2. She sang with TCWC for six seasons and with ENCORE! for five of those seasons. Erica served on TCWC's Board of Directors for five years, including two terms as President. Erica became the Executive Director of the Twin Cities Women's Choir and Twin Cities Girls' Choir in 2014. She shouldn't be (but is) continually surprised and impressed by how talented, supportive, and committed these communities are.
Following a 12-year engineering career, Erica is still a STEMinist. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, where she wrote her masters thesis on Ranked Choice Voting. Erica has also served on the Project 515 and Minnesota Fringe Festival boards of directors, as well as the Family Equality Council's Midwest Advisory Council. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. She's a season ticket holder for the Minnesota Lynx. She volunteers for political campaigns and causes for fun, and serves as an election judge. Erica has been a blogger for over a decade, publishing several projects on Twin Cities life and minority experiences in Minnesota. She's an on-again-off-again runner and has one full marathon under her belt.
"I believe in the power of music to heal, to nurture, to revive the spirit, and to spread joy."
Mary Bussman brings considerable directing, arranging, teaching, and performing experience to her role as Artistic Director of the Twin Cities Women's Choir, which she founded in 1997.
Ms. Bussman graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a music degree emphasizing choral education, received her Masters degree in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas and her K-12 Administrative Licensure from the University of Minnesota.
A music teacher for thirteen years in the public schools, Ms. Bussman's children's choir from Tuttle Community School in Minneapolis was invited to perform at the 2001 Minnesota Music Educators Association state convention. She now serves as Principal of Central Middle School, Columbia Heights Public Schools.
Prior to conducting the Twin Cities Women's Choir, Ms. Bussman conducted Calliope Women's Chorus. As well as directing music, she was a member of the duo Kindred Spirits, and recorded an original folk music CD with her partner, Tracy E. Tracy.
Ms. Bussman is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and has completed extensive training with The VoiceCare Network. She brings abundant energy to her work and loves to provide a "time-out" from the busy lives we all lead to make music together.
2015-2016 Board of Directors
- Natasha Jaroscak, President
- Carol Lohman, Vice President
- Abby Drumm, Treasurer
- Julie Kelly, Secretary
- Alanna Walen
- Barb Gacek
- Jessica Zimmerman
- Kristi Roen
- Ronna Puck
- Sandi Sherman
- Susan Clark
- Erica Mauter, ex-officio