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 workshops to improve their own conducting, directing, and visual skills.
Mira Taferner, Artistic Director
Mira is a widely successful performance artist and designer with over 15 years of experience in a cappella, barbershop, and dance. Most recently, she served on the Visual and Music Teams for the Harmunichs, a three-time champion of Barbershop in Germany (“BinG!”), and in March 2016, she took home the bronze medal with her quartet Kickstart at the BinG! National Convention. This allowed her to join the Heavy Medal chorus, a mixed Barbershop ensemble from Germany consisting of BinG! quartet medalists. She is a recurring faculty member at BinG! Harmony College and has been an ambassador for expansion and celebration of barbershop music in Europe. She is also a professional senior graphic designer with over 7 years of work experience.
Kari Francis, Associate Artistic Director
Dubbed “the next generation of a cappella specialist” by Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off vocal producer Deke Sharon, Kari Francis is an avid vocalist, arranger, and choral music educator. She has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Imogen Heap, and competed on Season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off with Kinfolk 9. Recent publications include the chapter “Vocal Percussion for Everyone” in So You Want to Sing A Cappella: A Performer's Guide published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is currently a vocal teaching artist with Midori & Friends and The Center for Arts Education, and made her Lincoln Center debut as a featured beatboxer in the 4th annual Total Vocal. Kari is an active lecturer and clinician, giving workshops on musicianship, arranging, and vocal percussion at music festivals and vocal camps across the States. You can learn more about Kari at her personal website here.
Section Managers & Committee Members
Sarah Clay Lindvall, Founding Director 2012-2017
Sarah Clay Lindvall is an arts educator dedicated to inspiring others through innovative, creative, and experiential teaching and performance. She currently serves as the Director of Arts Education and Community Outreach for the ArtsBridge Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to taking the position at ArtsBridge in October 2017, she served as Director of Sirens of Gotham and was the Director of Music and Dramatic Arts at the Notre Dame School of Manhattan, where she started the school's first music and dramatic arts program.