Saginaw Choral Society is governed by a volunteer board of directors who meet monthly. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:15pm in the Manager’s Suite of the Temple Theatre. Board terms are three years, with two-thirds members coming from the community at large and one-third coming from the singing membership. New board member terms start at the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1.
- Nancy Stevenson, President
- Karen Stiffler, Immediate Past President
- Jeff Larsen, Secretary
- Steve Anderson
- Katie Beltran
- Anne Filsinger
- Gabriella Hoffman
- Jesse Kendall
- Susan Nielsen
- Melinda Shriner
- Jim Smerdon
- Cathleen Veverka
- Paul Larsen
- Amy Walling
- Bryan Konieczka
- Vanessa Brooks-Herd
Music DirectorLocal conductor and native of New Haven, MI, Jeremiah Kraniak holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education from Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to studying choral music, Mr. Kraniak spent six years studying solo and orchestral flute. As a tenor, he studied voice under the guidance of Dr. Julie Meyer and his performance credits include numerous performances with the Saginaw Valley State University Department of Music. He has been featured as a soloist with the Saginaw Choral Society under the batons of Mr. Robert Sabourin and Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout. Mr. Kraniak is an active participant in the annual Baroque on Beaver music festival on Beaver Island under the direction of conductors Kevin Simons and Robert Nordling. He has been featured in theatrical productions through the SVSU Department of Theatre as a pit musician and as an actor/singer. In addition, Mr. Kraniak was cast in three seasons of performance with the SVSU MUSE and Brunch. Most recently, he served as the orchestra conductor for the SVSU Department of Theatre’s production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
Jeremiah serves as the Choral Assistant at St. John’s Episcopal Church under the music ministry of Mr. Kevin Simons. In addition to his appointment as the Music Director for the Saginaw Choral Society, he serves as a Graduate Assistant while pursuing a M.M. in conducting from Central Michigan University, under the mentorship of Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson.
As the former instructor of the Voice/Keyboard Concentration at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Mr. Kraniak taught solo and choral vocal technique, basic piano skills, music theory and music history. His choirs have performed as featured guests with the Saginaw Choral Society and the Saginaw Valley State University choirs. Many of his students perform solo work throughout the Tri-City community in various capacities. Through a well-developed knowledge of music, his students came through the program prepared for collegiate study in music and performance. Mr. Kraniak is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association.
Executive DirectorTamara Grefe has served as Executive Director for the Choral Society since 2003, after serving as its pianist for twenty-four years. She held similar positions with Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra as Executive Director from 2000-2003 and as symphony pianist for many years prior. Under her leadership, the Choral Society continues to expand its role within the arts and cultural community as an advocate for the joy and fulfillment that singing together brings to all people.
Marketing Communications CoordinatorChelsea is the newest full-time staff member with the Saginaw Choral Society, serving as our Marketing Communications Coordinator. Hailing from the Ann Arbor, MI area Chelsea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with specialties in Marketing and Social Media from Eastern Michigan University. She held a similar position as Social Media Coordinator for a non-profit Christian camp in northern Michigan, Camp Barakel. After recently moving to the Saginaw area she is eager to serve SCS and its community through a vamped up social media presence and streamlined communication.
Graphic DesignerAmy started her career in music education as a beginning and high school band director. It was here she learned that focused information and trustworthy leadership are the seeds of a successful program. Amy nurtured her interest in communications and technology by studying web and graphic design. She left education and entered the nonprofit sector as the Communications and Volunteer Coordinator for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saginaw, MI. Today, she continues to apply these skills for the Saginaw Choral Society and is excited to help create a culture of singing in the Saginaw area.
Catherine McMichael, pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, and clinician has had a friendly association with the Saginaw Choral Society since
Catherine’s B.M. in piano performance and M.M. in chamber music are from the University of Michigan. She has taught applied piano at the University of Michigan-Flint and was an adjunct instructor of composition at Saginaw Valley State University. In addition to teaching, she directs Bells On High, the handbell choir at First United Methodist Church, Saginaw. You can learn more about her music by visiting www.catherinemcmichael.com.
Office CoordinatorKathleen Scott has served the Choral Society in several diverse roles over the years. Starting out as a singer, she quickly became involved as a behind-the-scenes production volunteer and then on staff in dual roles as Office Manager and Production Manager. Kathleen currently is the Balance Concierge Coordinator at Nexteer, and maintains a part-time position as Office Coordinator with the Choral Society.