Sarah Robertson, flute,
Sarah Robertson holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from Indiana University of South Bend and a Master of Music in Music Education from Wright State University. She has studied with flutists Darlene Dugan, Rebecca Hovan, and Dr. Christopher Chaffee and has been praised for her musical clarity and tone. She has over twenty years of professional experience as a performer, conductor, freelance musician, solo and ensemble adjudicator, and music educator. Sarah has worked as a pre-k-6th grade music teacher, 5-12 band director, MS choir director, and served on the adjunct faculty at Edison Community College.
Performing is a love of Sarah’s and in 2019 she founded her flute trio, Syrodesy, which has become a sought-after group in the Dayton area because of the unique style in which they present their music. She loves collaborating with fellow musicians and creating performances that captivate audiences. Sarah also plays in the Springboro Wind Symphony, maintains performance contracts with local businesses, and plays frequently in local pit orchestras.
Teaching brings incredible joy to Sarah. Whether she’s teaching a private lesson, flute choir, group class, masterclass, studio class, or workshop, her goal is to let her students take ownership of their music and musicality! She is well versed in the available flute curriculum and is known for creating a lesson environment centered on each student’s learning style, both in group classes and private lessons.
Her professional affiliations and certifications include the National Flute Association, Kinderflute, The Flute Society of Washington, Flute Play, and the Dayton Music Club. She also serves as secretary on the board of the Springboro Wind Symphony. When not teaching or performing, you can find her playing with her four boys, running, hiking the trails of Ohio, and biking with her family.
Christin Coffee Rondeau,
Soprano and music educator Christin Coffee Rondeau holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Mercer University (Macon, GA) and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Miami University (Oxford, OH). She has completed the Level 2 Certification in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Kentucky and Estill Level 1 Figures for Voice Control at Capital University (Columbus, OH). Her writing has been featured in the 4th Edition of Dr. Robert Sataloff's "Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care," in the NATS Inter Nos Fall 2018 issue, and at The Full Voice, and she has been a guest on The Full Voice and Vocal Fri podcasts. A pioneer in the field of collaborative voice teaching, she co-presented, "With a Little Help From My Friends: Collaborative Teaching in the Voice Studio" at the 2020 National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference with Michelle Markwart Deveaux. Christin is a longtime student of mezzo-soprano Mari Opatz-Muni and remains committed to continuing her vocal study.
As a performer, Christin focuses on unusual creative collaborations with fellow musicians, including contemporary song cycles and chamber works. Whether it's art song, Great American Songbook, or something in between, she loves the collective joy that results from creating a live music experience with a captivated audience. In July 2019, she made her debut with the Cincinnati Pops under the baton of Maestro Keitaro Harada, and she can't wait to plan a full 2021 concert season in the wake of so much canceled 2020 programming.
As a teacher, Christin's heart is for her students' creative empowerment. Whether she's teaching a private lesson, a masterclass, or a workshop (she loves doing it all), she knows that there is no "right" way to sing; there's the strongest choice for each unique singer and song. Pop, opera, musical theatre, rock, jazz--doesn't matter. The technique has to serve the art, and Christin is all about the goals and growth of the singer in front of her. Always and forever.
Professional affiliations include the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Orff Schulwerk Association, Ohio Music Education Association, The Vegas Voice Teachers Cooperative, The Dayton Music Club, and The SpeakEasy Cooperative, a co-working community of voice teachers, in which she serves as Community Manager. She is also a proud member of the Dayton Opera Chorus. She reads, writes, sings, laughs real loud, loves real big, and lapses into a Southern accent when she's tired or flustered. She's currently listening to Fiona Apple's "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" and doesn't plan to stop any time soon. Contact her at email@example.com.
Coleman Clark, voice and piano
Equally adept on the stage and in the studio, pianist and baritone Coleman Clark has spent his life wooing and wowing audiences through art song, musical theatre, classic rock, and more. From Bach to Billy Joel, he lives for performing and sharing joy through music...and for equipping his students to do the same. He maintains a packed performing schedule of both rock concerts and art song recitals, and his recent musical theatre credits include the roles of Perchik, Gaston, and Valjean.
In addition to his work as a vocalist, Coleman is a sought-after pianist, performing all over the midwest as both a soloist and collaborative pianist for singers of all genres. Along with soprano Christin Coffee Rondeau, he co-developed a presentation and workshop on microphone techniques for young singers called "Master the Mic!" He is a founding member, keyboardist, and lead vocalist for the band The Blue Leaf’s, a music education graduate of Wright State University, and serves as voice and piano faculty at Sand Dollar Music in Dayton, Ohio.
Josie Cox, flute
Josie Cox holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina. She is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music at Wright State University. Josie has previously studied with Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley and is currently studying under Dr. Christopher Chaffee.
Josie has maintained an active performing career over her 12 years of playing the flute. While studying at the University of South Carolina, Josie cofounded the JADE Flute Quartet and participated in the university’s Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble. She is currently involved in Wright State University’s Chamber Orchestra. She has been chosen to play in various masterclasses for teachers including Mark Sparks, Göran Marcusson, Erika Boysen, and Valerie Coleman. Josie previously attended the Saarburg Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany on a Magellan Research Grant which allowed her to study the way musicians are trained in the private music lesson setting.
Josie is interested in pursuing a career as a college flute professor and has a particular interest in community music. She led and worked on many community music projects during her time at the University of South Carolina, and her goal is to take music outside of the traditional concert hall and make music education more accessible within the community.