Music Team

The Music Team drives the ensemble towards our artistic goals by leading our rehearsals each week, selecting meaningful and challenging repertoire, bringing in expert coaches, conducting regular vocal assessments, and participating in education and conducting workshops.   


A New Chapter: Farewell, Sarah!

 

As we celebrate nearly six years of accomplishments and a very bright future, it is with an ever-loving heart that we announce that in September, our director Sarah and her husband will be moving to Atlanta, Georgia to start an exciting new chapter in their lives. This is a tremendous opportunity for them both; the chorus wishes them the absolute best in their new home!

Please click here to hear more from our Team Coordinator Samantha Bunting. We are now accepting applications for the Music Director position. If you are interested in applying, please visit the Director Search page.

 

Interim Music Team

As we search for a new director, the following members will help to ensure our continued growth during the interim!

Stephanie Ofshinsky, Interim Director Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music Education from Manhattanville College. She currently works in the Cresskill School District where she teaches music, theater, and dance, works instrumental and vocal ensembles, is the Tri-M Music Honor Society Co-Advisor, Principal Players School Musical Choreographer, and Fall Drama Director.  Stephanie’s studies in the performing arts have taken her to New Jersey, New York, Texas, Florida, Canada, England, and back. She is an accomplished seamstress and vocal artist, having performed as both a soloist and ensemble member.  She is also a current front row member of the Harmony Celebration Chorus (SAI). As a private voice teacher she believes that from a young age we incorporate music into how we learn as well as how we play, and throughout our school years we are asked to develop our listening and creative skills. Music becomes an important part of our daily lives, and whether you are pursuing a career in the arts or just want to impress your friends at a party, good vocal technique can make all the difference. She truly believes that everyone can sing, but sometimes you need a guiding hand to help you find your voice.

Stephanie Ofshinsky, Interim Director

Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Music Education from Manhattanville College. She currently works in the Cresskill School District where she teaches music, theater, and dance, works instrumental and vocal ensembles, is the Tri-M Music Honor Society Co-Advisor, Principal Players School Musical Choreographer, and Fall Drama Director. 

Stephanie’s studies in the performing arts have taken her to New Jersey, New York, Texas, Florida, Canada, England, and back. She is an accomplished seamstress and vocal artist, having performed as both a soloist and ensemble member.  She is also a current front row member of the Harmony Celebration Chorus (SAI).

As a private voice teacher she believes that from a young age we incorporate music into how we learn as well as how we play, and throughout our school years we are asked to develop our listening and creative skills. Music becomes an important part of our daily lives, and whether you are pursuing a career in the arts or just want to impress your friends at a party, good vocal technique can make all the difference. She truly believes that everyone can sing, but sometimes you need a guiding hand to help you find your voice.

Erika Ji, Assistant Artistic Director Erika grew up in sunny Palo Alto, California, where she discovered her passion for music while studying classical piano with Jui-Ping Chou for 13 years. She found her love for singing in particular while studying computer science at Stanford University, where she served as Soloist for a classical choir and Music Director for a singing group. Erika currently works as a product manager at a software company, and when she moved to New York City, she became a proud member of Sirens of Gotham. Erika sincerely believes in music’s unique power to inspire deep emotions, and she’s excited to sing with and work with Sirens to create truly moving musical experiences. In addition to serving as Assistant Artistic Director and singing lead with Sirens, Erika sings baritone in the Brown Eyed Girls quartet and in Greater Nassau Chorus, studies voice with Natalie Wilson, writes music for voice and piano, harmonizes to songs on the radio, and enjoys earnest conversations about life and what people value most.

Erika Ji, Assistant Artistic Director

Erika grew up in sunny Palo Alto, California, where she discovered her passion for music while studying classical piano with Jui-Ping Chou for 13 years. She found her love for singing in particular while studying computer science at Stanford University, where she served as Soloist for a classical choir and Music Director for a singing group.

Erika currently works as a product manager at a software company, and when she moved to New York City, she became a proud member of Sirens of Gotham. Erika sincerely believes in music’s unique power to inspire deep emotions, and she’s excited to sing with and work with Sirens to create truly moving musical experiences.

In addition to serving as Assistant Artistic Director and singing lead with Sirens, Erika sings baritone in the Brown Eyed Girls quartet and in Greater Nassau Chorus, studies voice with Natalie Wilson, writes music for voice and piano, harmonizes to songs on the radio, and enjoys earnest conversations about life and what people value most.

Kiara Contreras, Music Team Secretary Kiara is a native New Yorker who has been singing since the ripe age of 7 years old. Coming from a background in Musical Theater and Classical Music, she quickly found passion for barbershop music. In her time away from Sirens, she works as a Genius at Apple, a builder of websites, a yoga instructor, and loving caregiver of some cats!

Kiara Contreras, Music Team Secretary

Kiara is a native New Yorker who has been singing since the ripe age of 7 years old. Coming from a background in Musical Theater and Classical Music, she quickly found passion for barbershop music. In her time away from Sirens, she works as a Genius at Apple, a builder of websites, a yoga instructor, and loving caregiver of some cats!


 

Section Managers

Helen O'Rourke, Tenor Section Manager 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.

Helen O'Rourke, Tenor Section Manager

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.

Lana Klemeyer, Lead Section Manager Lana discovered her love of barbershop singing with the Sirens of Gotham in 2014, but she began classical voice training at the age of 14 and continues to this day with her longtime teacher on the Upper West Side.  She fosters a passion for opera that started early with her father's influence; they continue to share and enjoy a season subscription to the MET.  Over the years, she has been active in choral singing, chamber choirs, and musical theater. Her favorite roles have been the title role in Evita and Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls.  Her interest in the arts led her to study Accessory Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She now works as a Design Director for Nina Footwear in NYC.  A native of the Poconos in Pennsylvania, she has lived in the NYC area for the past 15 years and now enjoys a daily escape to the suburbs with her husband, David.

Lana Klemeyer, Lead Section Manager

Lana discovered her love of barbershop singing with the Sirens of Gotham in 2014, but she began classical voice training at the age of 14 and continues to this day with her longtime teacher on the Upper West Side.  She fosters a passion for opera that started early with her father's influence; they continue to share and enjoy a season subscription to the MET.  Over the years, she has been active in choral singing, chamber choirs, and musical theater. Her favorite roles have been the title role in Evita and Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls.  Her interest in the arts led her to study Accessory Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She now works as a Design Director for Nina Footwear in NYC.  A native of the Poconos in Pennsylvania, she has lived in the NYC area for the past 15 years and now enjoys a daily escape to the suburbs with her husband, David.

Katherine Veil, Baritone Section Manager Katherine joined Sirens of Gotham chorus in 2014 and has since also become the baritone for Elemental Quartet. She has sung with Gotham Rock Choir in NYC, Fairfield County Chorale in Norwalk, CT, and multiple ensembles at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Originally from Annapolis, MD, she studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Dickinson College and now works as a software engineer in NYC.

Katherine Veil, Baritone Section Manager

Katherine joined Sirens of Gotham chorus in 2014 and has since also become the baritone for Elemental Quartet. She has sung with Gotham Rock Choir in NYC, Fairfield County Chorale in Norwalk, CT, and multiple ensembles at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Originally from Annapolis, MD, she studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Dickinson College and now works as a software engineer in NYC.


Past Directors

 
Sarah Clay Lindvall, Director 2012-2017 Sarah is a Music Educator, Vocalist, and Choral Conductor dedicated to sharing the gift of music through creative education and innovative performance. Prior to moving to Atlanta, GA, Sarah served as the Director of Music and Dramatic Arts at the Notre Dame School of Manhattan. Besides directing Sirens of Gotham, Sarah acted as faculty and coach for Sweet Adelines International's Greater NY/NJ Region 15. She also sings Tenor with the women's quartet Harmony and continues to teach 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 2012-2017

Sarah is a Music Educator, Vocalist, and Choral Conductor dedicated to sharing the gift of music through creative education and innovative performance.

Prior to moving to Atlanta, GA, Sarah served as the Director of Music and Dramatic Arts at the Notre Dame School of Manhattan. Besides directing Sirens of Gotham, Sarah acted as faculty and coach for Sweet Adelines International's Greater NY/NJ Region 15. She also sings Tenor with the women's quartet Harmony and continues to teach 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.