Artistic Staff

Rosemary Blessing

Rosemary Siegrist Blessing

Artistic Director / Director, Chamber Choir
Blessing holds degrees in piano performance and business administration from Eastern Mennonite University and has pursued graduate study in choral music. She maintains private piano studio and teaches piano at Franklin and Marshall College. Rosemary is an active pianist in the Lancaster area, having accompanied various choral groups and currently plays with the Allegro Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Beyond Ourselves chamber ensemble, a project pairing music and social justice, with annual benefit concerts promoting and supporting the global work of Mennonite Central Committee. Rosemary and her husband, Josh, are ministers of worship at Landis Valley Christian Fellowship where they attend with their two young children.

Monica Hochstedler Carlson

Director, Prelude Music / Assistant, Choir Manager
Carlson holds a Master’s of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Goshen College. Carlson formerly taught music in public schools as well as at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School in Harrisonburg, VA. She served as private piano instructor at Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music and Woodberry Forest School and was instructor at Red Wing Academy. Carlson has Kodaly and Dalcroze training.

Administratively, Carlson served as operations manager at a children’s museum in Harrisonburg, VA and has performed administrative tasks and program coordination in several different work positions as well as with her church.

Sharon Ho

Sharon Ho

Accompanist, Carol and Concert Choirs
Ho graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. She teaches elementary orchestra at Conestoga Valley School District. Sharon also teaches piano lessons at Linden Hall School and the Lancaster Conservatory of Music. She has been featured as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Orchestra, Hershey Symphony Orchestra, and Millersville University Orchestra. Sharon has accompanied for various vocal and instrumental soloists, pit orchestras, and choirs of all ages.

Jonathan Shoff

Jonathan Shoff

Director, Men’s Ensemble / Accompanist, Chamber Choir
Shoff earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Millersville University with a concentration in piano and a minor in voice. He also holds a Master of Music from West Chester University. Jonathan teaches elementary school music in the School District of Lancaster. He teaches private instrumental and voice lessons, and serves as artistic director for the Music For Everyone Lancaster Community Chorus. Along with his wife and their three children, he worships at Lancaster Alliance Church.

Melody Stahl

Director, Choristers
Stahl holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education with a focus in piano from Millersville University. Her undergraduate involvement included serving as a Music Research Fellow and as accompanist for the University Choir. She also served as supervisor for the Pre-college Program associated with Lancaster Mennonite School. Stahl is an MCCL alumna, having sung for eight years and experiencing Carol, Concert, and Chamber choirs.

Sarah Wingard

Sarah Wingard

Director, Carol and Concert Choirs
Wingard earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Messiah College with a concentration in voice and extensive study in piano. Growing up in Virginia, Sarah gained early musical experience singing with the nationally acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir. Sarah teaches elementary music at the Locust Grove campus of Lancaster Mennonite School. Wingard also sings and regularly solos with the Susquehanna Chorale. She is a member at Crossway Church in Millersville.

Administrative Staff

Maria Bowman

Managing Director, Interim / Choir Manager
Bowman joined the MCCL team in 2015 as choir manager. She holds a B.A. with concentrations in psychology, education, and English from Eastern Mennonite University and has also taken graduate classes in special education through Old Dominion University. In addition to her work with MCCL, Maria serves as a Family Life Educator at COBYS Family Services. She enjoys reading, walking, and conversations around the dinner table with her family. All three of her children sing in MCCL. She and her family attend Rossmere Mennonite Church.

Audrey Livengood

Audrey Livengood

Communications and Marketing Director
Livengood received a master’s degree in education with a focus in literacy from Eastern Mennonite University and holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a concentration in early childhood education from Millersville University. In addition, she has taken Suzuki piano teacher training and maintains a small private studio. Prior to becoming Communications and Marketing Director, Audrey served on the MCCL Advisory Board. Audrey and her husband served in Honduras with Eastern Mennonite Missions and currently own and operate Livengood Family Farm along with their four young sons.

Donna Hershey

Bookeeper
Hershey holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Millersville University. Donna and her husband Merv have four children, all of whom sing in MCCL. Donna and her family attend Weaverland Mennonite Church.

Advisory Board

Jewel Sensenig, president

Diana Locke, secretary

Lamar Myers, treasurer

Jeremy Brubaker

Lyn Carlson

Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell

Noah Martin

Dean Sauder

Jannat Veras

Dr. Randy Westgate