Staff & Board

Elisa Olson

Executive Director

Elisa originally hails from the beaches of Santa Cruz, California but has lived and worked in New York City, Washington D.C., North Dakota and now resides in Apple Valley, MN. She holds a Bachelor of Music in education from the University of North Dakota and is currently earning her Master's in Arts and Cultural Leadership at the University of Minnesota. Elisa has a broad and diverse background in music, theater, and the management of arts organizations, which include: managing director, company management, production manager, director, union stage manager, theatrical consultant, lighting designer, music teacher and performer. She has managed small regional companies, children’s theater, worked for the John F. Kennedy Center, managed a performance at the White House, and is currently a founding board member of Border CrosSing, a new professional choir in the Twin Cities, whose mission is to integrate historically segregated audiences and musicians in the performance of choral music so that singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities.

Aside from her management background, Elisa is also an accomplished singer/performer/educator and has been running her own voice studio High Frequency Vocal Studio in Apple Valley. Her performance credits include musical theater, workshops, song cycles, recitals, and choral master works. She has sung with the San Jose Symphony, been a featured soloist for the Grand Forks Symphony, and was a member of the Grand Forks Master Chorale for three years. Currently, she is an active member of the Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale.


Janice Hunton 

Artistic Director

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Janice Hunton is an accomplished conductor, teacher, and performer who is passionate about exploring a wide range of musical genres from classical to pop, from traditional West African to jazz. She concentrates her musical energy in teaching and choral conducting, focusing on ways to engage amateur voices and young students in healthy technique, collaboration, composition, and the joy of creating music together. She taught at the Perpich Center for Arts Education where she directed the Perpich Choral Arts Ensemble, the African Music Ensemble, and many small vocal and instrumental ensembles. Janice served as choral director at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, where she enjoyed working with engaged adults in the process of preparing music for the worship services. As a singer, Janice performed as a member of the Dale Warland Singers and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. In recent years Janice has cultivated her ardent interest in the music of West Africa, twice traveling to Ghana for intensive study of Ghanaian music and culture with Bernard Woma at the Dagara Music Center, as well as studying locally with Sowah Mensa and Marc Anderson. Janice earned a Master of Music degree in theory from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition from the University of Wyoming. 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. Janice received a SURDNA Foundation Arts Teachers grant and participated in the Wesley-Balk Music Theater Institute and workshops hosted by the Minnesota Opera.


Randi Grundahl Rexroth

Artistic Director ENCORE!

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

Accompanist

Rosie Romportl has been an elementary classroom teacher, a music specialist, a piano teacher and a church musician, occasionally all at the same time! Retired from those rich endeavors, she has been the accompanist for the Twin Cities Women’s Choir for many years, as well as a gardener, a grandmother, a nature enthusiast, a knitter, a neighbor, a sister, a seeker, and a friend. Rich still.

 

 

 

 

 


Kimberly Peterson

Operations Coordinator

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A creative maker, Kim brings with her an array of experiences from both nonprofit and for-profit industries. A graduate of Texas Woman's University's prestigious dance program, her graduate research into representation and funding models for the performing arts has reinforced her belief that powerful and engaging experiences with art transform us, our communities, and our society.

Kim has served on ARENA Dances' board of directors and contributed to organizations such as: The Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Soap Factory, Dancing Classrooms Minnesota, The Minnesota Children's Museum, TEDxEdina, the American Cancer Society and Northern Spark. She is excited to continue creating engaging and impactful experiences through art in the public sphere, elevating the dialogue around aesthetics, and encouraging collaborative exploration between artists and organizations.

 

2018-2019 Board of Directors

  • Susan Clark, President
  • Sandi Sherman, President-Elect
  • Alanna Walen, Vice President
  • Julie Kelly, Treasurer
  • Kathleen Cannon, Secretary
  • Jane Adamson-Waitley
  • Barb Gacek
  • Karleen Kos
  • Carol Lohman
  • Ronna Puck
  • Erin Stiers
  • Meg Swanson
  • Pat Teiken
  • Elisa Olson, ex-officio