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
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

Director, Choristers I & II / Assistant, Carol & Concert Choirs

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 Education 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 Curran

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 Keener

Accompanist /Assistant, Prelude Music
Eastern Mennonite University and a doctorate in music performance and pedagogy from James Madison University. He has taught piano through Eastern Mennonite University Music Preparatory Program, and taught music theory, class piano, and music appreciation at James Madison University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Ivy Tech Community College. Most recently, Jonathan taught piano and music theory at a school in China to elementary and middle school students. Jonathan sang in MCCL when he was in middle school. He currently attends Chinese Bible Church of Lancaster with his wife and three children.

Jeffrey Martin

Interim Director, Men’s Ensemble

Baritone Jeffrey Martin holds a Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory of The John’s Hopkins University. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. Martin has performed solo roles in choral masterworks and operas such as Mozart’s “Great” Mass in C Minor, Mozart’s Requiem Mass, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Upcoming performances include the title role in Elijah (Mendelssohn) with the Lancaster Chorale. Martin serves as Director of Vocal Studies in the Music, Worship, and Performing Arts department at Lancaster Bible College. When he isn’t teaching or performing, Martin enjoys spending his time with his wife and two young children. MCCL looks forward to the strong vocal experience Mr. Martin will bring to the Men’s Ensemble.

Lindsey Stauffer

Interim Accompanist, Chamber Choir

Lindsey Stauffer is a music educator living in East Petersburg, PA. She studied music education at Millersville University and completed her master’s degree in choral conducting from West Chester University. Currently, Stauffer teaches choir, elementary strings, and general music at Dayspring Christian Academy and maintains a small private piano studio. She has assisted with MCCL in several staff roles in the past and has enjoyed working with MCCL singers. MCCL is thrilled to have Ms. Stauffer return in this interim capacity.


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 almun. She and her family attend Rossmere Mennonite Church where she serves on the Worship Commission.

Nancy Stauffer

Bookkeeper (volunteer)

Meredith Fisher

Editor (volunteer)

Chris Fisher

Music Librarian (volunteer)

Advisory Board

Jewel Sensenig, chair

Diana Locke, secretary

Lamar Myers, treasurer

Jeremy Brubaker

Lyn Carlson

Douglas Garrett

Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell

Larry Guengerich

Seth Hake

Lauren Pierce

Carissa Sherer

Jannat Veras

Dr. Randy Westgate