Music Director: Jean-Marie Kent
Jean-Marie Kent is the choir teacher at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. She completed her doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle, specializing in collaboration and community engagement. Recognized for her ability to get to the heart of singing, she is frequently sought after as a clinician for high school and community choirs. Before moving to Seattle, she taught music on Vancouver Island and in New York where she developed public school music programs for gifted children. She has conducted orchestras and choirs, including the University of Regina Chamber Singers, UW Women's Choir, Nanaimo Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Civic Orchestra.
Assistant Director: Katrina Turman
Katrina Turman is a Bay Area native and is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at University of Washington. As an undergraduate at University of Oregon, Katrina studied voice under the tutelage of Laura Decher Wayte and further fell in love with the choral world under the baton of Dr. Sharon Paul. After traveling in Europe and performing with the Munich Bach Choir, Katrina returned to California and was introduced to the world of Kodály music education. Inspired, Katrina moved back to Europe to pursue further studies at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary where she received a certification in Kodály music education with an emphasis in advanced choral conducting in 2016. She has since been working as a children’s choral conductor in California, teaching young musicians from the ages of 4 to 18.
Accompanist: Clint Gawthrop
Clint Gawthrop began piano studies at age eight and subsequently studied with Mischa Kottler, a student of Rachmaninov. He is a full-time musician, composer, and piano teacher. Clint produced a variety show in 1998 and completed a solo CD “Brilliant Blue” in 2001. Clint has also been a soloist with several local orchestras. Along with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, he had the joy of opening a concert for the Pike Place Fishmongers and Natalie Cole and playing the Pageant at Benaroya Hall. Clint’s composition “Serenade” aired on KING FM. He feels blessed to be part of Magnolia Chorale.