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, attend Landis Valley Christian Fellowship with their two young children.

Monica Hochstedler Carlson

Director, Prelude Music / Program Assistant
Carlson holds a Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Goshen College. Carlson has taught general elementary music in public schools as well as at Eastern Mennonite Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She served as a private piano instructor at Goshen College, Southern Methodist University, Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music and Woodberry Forest School and was an 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.

Elisa Chodan

Assistant, Carol Choir/Choristers I & II, Concert Choir

Chodan is a full-time music educator, teaching choir and general music at Veritas Academy. She also leads the women’s chorus at Lancaster Bible College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Educaiton and a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from Bob Jones University with additional graduate credits from Westminster Choir College. She was a 2019-20 VOCES8 US Scholar and two-times summer intern with VOCES8 in Europe.

Sharon Ho

Sharon Curan

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 of Science 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 worships at Lancaster Alliance Church.

Melody Martin

Director, Choristers
Martin 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. Martin is an MCCL alumna who sang for eight years, experiencing Carol, Concert, and Chamber choirs and is married to MCCL almuni, Benjamin Martin.

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 and middle school chorus at the Locust Grove campus of Lancaster Mennonite School. Wingard also sings and regularly solos with the Susquehanna Chorale.

Administrative Staff

Maria Bowman

Managing Director / Choir Manager
Bowman joined the MCCL team in 2015 as the choir manager. In 2019, she took on the responsibility of a newly created Managing Director position. 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. Her two youngest children sing in MCCL and her oldest child is an MCCL almuni. She and her family attend Rossmere Mennonite Church where she serves on the Worship Commission and as a Jr. Youth leader.

Donna Hershey

Hershey holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Millersville University. Donna and her husband Merv have four children who have participated in MCCL. Donna and her family worship at Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community.

Advisory Board

Jewel Sensenig, chair

Diana Locke, secretary

Lamar Myers, treasurer

Jeremy Brubaker

Lyn Carlson

Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell

Larry Guengerich

Noah Martin

Lauren Pierce

Jannat Veras

Dr. Randy Westgate