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management team

 

The Management Team coordinates all logistical, financial, and membership initiatives to keep our chorus thriving as a non-profit organization and a successful performance ensemble. Leaders are nominated for one to two-year terms, depending on the role.


2017-2018 Management Team Leaders

Samantha Bunting, Team Coordinator Sam has been singing in a cappella groups and choirs since elementary school. She is an experienced musician—she studied vocal performance at the University of Colorado and has trained on six instruments to different degrees of awesomeness. She even sometimes performs as a lead and back-up vocalist with bands in the New York area. Although Sam honed her skills in music education while serving as the musical director of her college a cappella group, she is relatively new to the barbershop world, having first become an official member of Sweet Adelines in 2013. She is amped to be in the Sirens' stellar bass section and is incredibly proud to be the current bass in the Region 15 champion quartet Drive! Sam has taught mathematics for most of her professional career and currently works in educational publishing, creating mathematics software for students of any age. She would love to chat with you about education, music, or math—or the intersection of all three. So, introduce yourself to her... she’s pretty rad.

Samantha Bunting, Team Coordinator

Sam has been singing in a cappella groups and choirs since elementary school. She is an experienced musician—she studied vocal performance at the University of Colorado and has trained on six instruments to different degrees of awesomeness. She even sometimes performs as a lead and back-up vocalist with bands in the New York area.

Although Sam honed her skills in music education while serving as the musical director of her college a cappella group, she is relatively new to the barbershop world, having first become an official member of Sweet Adelines in 2013. She is amped to be in the Sirens' stellar bass section and is incredibly proud to be the current bass in the Region 15 champion quartet Drive!

Sam has taught mathematics for most of her professional career and currently works in educational publishing, creating mathematics software for students of any age. She would love to chat with you about education, music, or math—or the intersection of all three. So, introduce yourself to her... she’s pretty rad.

Gabriella Vega, Finance Coordinator Gabriella, an Upstate New Yorker, found her love for a cappella music while studying at Cornell University. She sang in an all-female a cappella group, notably named “Nothing But Treble”, whose members can be found frequently singing Ace of Base and Destiny’s Child songs in the Arts Quad and underneath the infamous clock tower. After moving to New York City to pursue a career in Human Resources at a financial firm, she was introduced to the barbershop community and its wonderful people! Gabriella joined Sirens of Gotham in the October 2014 class as a Lead. She is thrilled to take on the role of Finance Coordinator, as she is excited to optimize the chorus' financial resources to help Sirens of Gotham reach a wider audience. She is thankful to have found a group of diverse, energetic, and talented ladies and looks forward to the bright future of our growing chorus!

Gabriella Vega, Finance Coordinator

Gabriella, an Upstate New Yorker, found her love for a cappella music while studying at Cornell University. She sang in an all-female a cappella group, notably named “Nothing But Treble”, whose members can be found frequently singing Ace of Base and Destiny’s Child songs in the Arts Quad and underneath the infamous clock tower. After moving to New York City to pursue a career in Human Resources at a financial firm, she was introduced to the barbershop community and its wonderful people!

Gabriella joined Sirens of Gotham in the October 2014 class as a Lead. She is thrilled to take on the role of Finance Coordinator, as she is excited to optimize the chorus' financial resources to help Sirens of Gotham reach a wider audience. She is thankful to have found a group of diverse, energetic, and talented ladies and looks forward to the bright future of our growing chorus!

Shanell Lockhart, Membership Coordinator Coming soon!

Shanell Lockhart, Membership Coordinator

Coming soon!

 
Meredith Rich, Communications Coordinator Meredith is a Philadelphia native who first fell for a cappella as a toddler after seeing The Bobs sing "Psycho Killer" on The Smothers Brothers. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, she majored in Government and Theater and was a member of the all-female a cappella group Sweet Ophelia. She has performed with Original Binding Productions, The Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Ego Po Classic Theater, and as Betsy Ross for Historic Philadelphia Inc. In addition, she has worked as a historical reenactor, a regular actor, a barista, a children’s bookseller, a math editor, and a playwright. Now living in Brooklyn, she's a digital product manager at a publishing company by day, an editor by night, and freelance photographer in her spare time. Her best days are spent with a good book in the park, preferably with a dog to pet, and a proper Philadelphia soft pretzel.

Meredith Rich, Communications Coordinator

Meredith is a Philadelphia native who first fell for a cappella as a toddler after seeing The Bobs sing "Psycho Killer" on The Smothers Brothers. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, she majored in Government and Theater and was a member of the all-female a cappella group Sweet Ophelia. She has performed with Original Binding Productions, The Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Ego Po Classic Theater, and as Betsy Ross for Historic Philadelphia Inc. In addition, she has worked as a historical reenactor, a regular actor, a barista, a children’s bookseller, a math editor, and a playwright. Now living in Brooklyn, she's a digital product manager at a publishing company by day, an editor by night, and freelance photographer in her spare time. Her best days are spent with a good book in the park, preferably with a dog to pet, and a proper Philadelphia soft pretzel.

Anna Chelak, Marketing Coordinator, Costume Coordinator Anna hails from northern New Jersey, but has been living in New York City for over seven years. She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and currently works in digital strategy at a creative agency in the healthcare space. Always a performer, Anna has studied Ukrainian folk dance from a very young age and currently performs with a number of Tri-state area ensembles. She began studying dance and music more seriously in high school, going on to hold leadership roles in multiple vocal groups under the direction of Patty Danner (Hickory Tree Chorus, Drive! Baritone), who first introduced her to a cappella singing and barbershop music. It was not until February 2013 that Anna happened upon a Sweet Adelines chorus retreat at her hotel and was invited to check out a brand new a cappella ensemble in Manhattan: the Sirens of Gotham. The following week was Anna's first rehearsal and the very day the chorus was chartered. Less than two months later, she was onstage participating in her (and the Sirens') first regional contest.

Anna Chelak, Marketing Coordinator, Costume Coordinator

Anna hails from northern New Jersey, but has been living in New York City for over seven years. She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and currently works in digital strategy at a creative agency in the healthcare space.

Always a performer, Anna has studied Ukrainian folk dance from a very young age and currently performs with a number of Tri-state area ensembles. She began studying dance and music more seriously in high school, going on to hold leadership roles in multiple vocal groups under the direction of Patty Danner (Hickory Tree Chorus, Drive! Baritone), who first introduced her to a cappella singing and barbershop music.

It was not until February 2013 that Anna happened upon a Sweet Adelines chorus retreat at her hotel and was invited to check out a brand new a cappella ensemble in Manhattan: the Sirens of Gotham. The following week was Anna's first rehearsal and the very day the chorus was chartered. Less than two months later, she was onstage participating in her (and the Sirens') first regional contest.

Helen O'Rourke, Fundraising Coordinator Helen joined Sirens of Gotham in January 2016  This is her first experience singing barbershop, and what a wonderful experience it has been!  In New York, she has been a member of contemporary a cappella group The Callbacks, as well as the Fieldston Choral Society.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Music from Drew University, where she was a member of the Drew University Chorale, Madrigal Singers, and Musical Director for the all-female a cappella group On A Different Note.  She has been singing in various groups since she was 5, and will continue to do so as long as they will have her. When not singing or acting, Helen works as a Development Associate for the New York Academy of Sciences.  She also enjoys CrossFit (as much as one can enjoy CrossFit), volunteering, wine tastings, and jigsaw puzzles.

Helen O'Rourke, Fundraising Coordinator

Helen joined Sirens of Gotham in January 2016  This is her first experience singing barbershop, and what a wonderful experience it has been!  In New York, she has been a member of contemporary a cappella group The Callbacks, as well as the Fieldston Choral Society.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Music from Drew University, where she was a member of the Drew University Chorale, Madrigal Singers, and Musical Director for the all-female a cappella group On A Different Note.  She has been singing in various groups since she was 5, and will continue to do so as long as they will have her.

When not singing or acting, Helen works as a Development Associate for the New York Academy of Sciences.  She also enjoys CrossFit (as much as one can enjoy CrossFit), volunteering, wine tastings, and jigsaw puzzles.

 
 
Charlotte Dow, Performance Coordinator Charlotte Dow hails from the Philadelphia suburbs and has been performing in some way, shape, or form since she learned how to walk. She received her Bachelor's degree in Screenwriting & Playwriting from Drexel University, where she was an active member of the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Co-Op Theatre Company. Her journey with Sirens of Gotham (and barbershop) began in the summer of 2016. Currently, she works in administration at Dramatists Play Service and is a prolific freelance writer. .

Charlotte Dow, Performance Coordinator

Charlotte Dow hails from the Philadelphia suburbs and has been performing in some way, shape, or form since she learned how to walk. She received her Bachelor's degree in Screenwriting & Playwriting from Drexel University, where she was an active member of the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Co-Op Theatre Company. Her journey with Sirens of Gotham (and barbershop) began in the summer of 2016. Currently, she works in administration at Dramatists Play Service and is a prolific freelance writer. .

Sarah Clay Lindvall, Director Sarah is a Music Educator, Vocalist, and Choral Conductor dedicated to sharing the gift of music through creative education and innovative performance. She currently serves as the Director of Music and Dramatic Arts at the Notre Dame School of Manhattan. Besides directing Sirens of Gotham, Sarah =acts as faculty and coach for Sweet Adelines International's Greater NY/NJ Region 15, and teaches private voice to students of all ages.  Sarah received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from New York University, and, prior to her graduate studies, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University. Before residing in New York City, Sarah was a featured performer at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. 

Sarah Clay Lindvall, Director

Sarah is a Music Educator, Vocalist, and Choral Conductor dedicated to sharing the gift of music through creative education and innovative performance. She currently serves as the Director of Music and Dramatic Arts at the Notre Dame School of Manhattan.

Besides directing Sirens of Gotham, Sarah =acts as faculty and coach for Sweet Adelines International's Greater NY/NJ Region 15, and teaches private voice to students of all ages. 

Sarah received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from New York University, and, prior to her graduate studies, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University. Before residing in New York City, Sarah was a featured performer at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.