Leadership

Rhonda Juliano

Artistic Director, Rhonda Juliano is a Northwest Native and comes from Seattle, Washington, where she has resided for the past 22 years. She received her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, Tucson, her Bachelor of Music in Education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, and her School Administration credentials at City University in Bellevue. Rhonda is a member of Chorus America (CA), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Music Educators Association (MENC). She has worked in school leadership positions and has taught in the public education arena for over 25 years. She is active as a choral adjudicator and presenter of sacred music at regional conferences.

Most recently Rhonda has held the position of the Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Women’s Chorus (a 180 + member community chorus) and has served there since it was founded in 2002. During her time with the Seattle Women’s chorus, Rhonda founded and directed a nine voice outreach performance ensemble called Sensible Shoes. Rhonda is the founder of Diverse Harmony, the nation's first gay/straight alliance youth chorus. In addition to her community chorus work, she has served in numerous churches and most recently as the Director of Music at Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, WA.

artisticdirector@musechoir.org

Lois Shegog

Lois Shegog, Assistant Director of MUSE since 1995, taught music in the Cincinnati Public Schools until her recent retirement. She received her Bachelor of Music Education at Miami University (Ohio) and continued her studies in vocal performance and counseling at The Ohio State University. Lois sings and helps direct the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale, and works as a choir clinician teaching singing in the African-American tradition.

Ruth Rowan

Ruth Rowan, Interpreter, has been delivering the music of MUSE to the hearing impaired at MUSE concerts since 1985. She has a Bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from the University of Cincinnati. In June of 2006, Ruth retired from teaching deaf students in Cincinnati Public Schools. She is now busy freelance interpreting, substitute teaching, interpreting for the Cincinnati Men's Chorus, the Voices of Freedom, as well as her first love, MUSE. Ruth is also an active board member for Women in the Arts, the producers of the National Women's Music Festival. She will always be an Alto I at heart and continues to be honored to be able to be a part of this inspiring organization. For the seventeenth year, Ruth is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her beautiful daughter, Tammy.

Administrative

  • Kristina Bowen - Social Change Coordinator
  • Catherine Clay - Social Media Manager
  • Rachel Kramer - Interim Managing Director
  • Robin Madden - Music Librarian
  • Kathy Nolan- Advertising Sales Rep
  • Sally Neidhard - Membership Coordinator
  • Maggie Panyko - Web Coordinator
  • Janet Phillips- 5th Section Coordinator
  • Diana Porter - Social Change Coordinator
  • Mary Manera - Archivist
  • Jenn Whitehurst - 5th Section Coordinator
  • Jonah Yokoyama - 5th Section Coordinator

MUSE Board of Directors

  • Amy Arnold
  • Mary Chaiken, President
  • Amy Foust, Vice-President
  • Mollie Jimmar, Secretary
  • Rhonda Juliano, Ex-Officio
  • Dana LaCoste
  • Mary Manera
  • Diana Martens
  • Sarah Meisch
  • Charmaine Moore
  • Janet Neidhard, Treasurer
  • Kate Roberton
  • Ramona Toussaint
  • Heather Wiggins

Click here for a Board Nomination Form

MUSE Emerita

MUSE Founding Mothers

  • Angie Denov
  • Diana Porter
  • Dr. Catherine Roma
  • Rhonda Whitten