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.
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 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.
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.
Interim Director, Men’s Ensemble
Williams is Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. Mark retired as Director of Choral activities and Chairperson of the Music Department at Pequea Valley High School after teaching for 36 years. In addition to his choral work, he directed the annual musical and taught Music Theory, Music History, Class Piano, Musical Theater, Voice Class, and Applied Music. He is in demand as a clinician, leading masterclasses for high school choirs throughout the area. He has served as a MCCL guest clinician several times in the past eight years. Mark is “looking forward to working with the fine singers and staff of MCCL.” We are excited about the passion and excellence Mark Williams will bring to MCCL’s choral program next year.
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.
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.
Music Librarian (volunteer)
Jewel Sensenig, chair
Diana Locke, secretary
Lamar Myers, treasurer
Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell
Dr. Randy Westgate