DANIELLE HALE is delighted to join Phoenix Chorale for her first season. She earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Brigham Young University. While at BYU she toured as a member/section leader of BYU Singers and performed at the ACDA National Conference. Since moving to Arizona in 2013, Danielle has spent three seasons in the Arizona Opera chorus and four seasons with the Goode Time Carolers. Danielle has performed in musical theatre productions throughout the valley—Mesa Encore, Hale Center, and Fountain Hills theaters. She has been a volunteer choir director for a local church group and elementary school choir. Danielle enjoys traveling with her husband, eating delicious food, and spending time at home with her three young children.
HANNAH KIMBALL is excited to be in her second season with the Phoenix Chorale! She graduated in 2018 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis. Hannah teaches Chorus and Music Exploration at Kyrene Middle School. In her time at NAU, she participated and toured with the Shrine of the Ages Choir under the direction of Dr. Edith Copley, and Vocal Jazz groups Northern Voices and High Altitude under the direction of Dr. Ryan Holder. In her senior year, she served as the music director of the award-winning all-female a cappella group the NAU Axecidentals. Hannah studied private voice with Dr. Ricardo Pereira and Dr. Judith Cloud. She was previously a member of the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers, the choir-in-residence at the Church of the Red Rocks, and is presently the alto section leader and Children’s Choir Director at Christ Church Anglican.
JULIA POWERS is in her second season with the Chorale. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University. In addition to choral performance, she is an active soloist. She has recently performed with Opera in the Ozarks, Chicago Summer Opera, Red River Lyric Opera, and Baylor Opera Theater. She also appeared as a soloist with Tucson’s 42nd Annual Messiah Sing-In last December. She is excited to begin a second year teaching private lessons and early childhood music classes in Tucson, and completely over the moon to spend another season working with the Phoenix Chorale!
HOLLY SHEPPARD is in her fourteenth season with the Chorale. She began working towards a degree in Vocal Performance at the University of New Mexico and then moved to Phoenix to attend the University of Advancing Technology (UAT). She earned a B.A. in Multimedia with a Digital Animation emphasis and spent six years as an Environment Artist in the video game industry. She currently works as an artist and animator at Scientific Games Firebird Studios creating slot machine games. Holly has continued her vocal education, studying with voice instructor Gail Dubinbaum. She is a regular soloist and performer with Phoenix Opera and a member of the Arizona Opera Chorus. She sings with the Schola Cantorum at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral and performs frequently throughout the valley in both solo and choral settings. Holly and her husband George are outdoor enthusiasts living in Mesa with their two birds, Luna and Beaker.
ANJELICA SIMONE is absolutely thrilled to be singing in her second season with the Phoenix Chorale. Anjelica studied Choral Music Education at Northern Arizona University where she was highly involved in the majority of the choral ensembles including Shrine of the Ages, High Altitude, Chamber Singers, and the Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers. Anjelica currently serves as the alto section leader and Cantor at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and sings with Solis Camerata. She also performs both as a soloist and as part of choral ensembles around the valley. Anjelica works full time as an Administrative Assistant at an accounting firm in Chandler.
STEPHANIE STICKFORD is in her twelfth season with the Chorale. A native of Ohio, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music business and a Master of Arts degree in music education from The Ohio State University. She moved to Phoenix to attend graduate school at ASU and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education. Over the course of her career, she has taught choir and music appreciation at all levels, delivered presentations at state and national music education conferences, taught private voice and piano, served as a church musician and soloist, performed bedside concerts for hospice patients, and sung with jazz big bands and combos. Stephanie currently teaches vocal and general music at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory School in the Paradise Valley School District, is a staff musician at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, and is a member of Helios, a seven-voice early music ensemble. Stephanie loves being around water–swimming, snorkeling, water skiing, and wake surfing.
LEIA ELIZABETH WASBOTTEN is thrilled to be in her fifth season with the Phoenix Chorale. She holds a B.A. from Penn State University and an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Arizona State University. Leia has had the opportunity to perform all over the world including touring Europe, sing with The Rolling Stones, and perform under the direction of Ramin Djawadi in the Game of Thrones National Tour. She has most recently been seen on stage with Arnie Roth, The Phoenix Symphony, and Solis Camerata singing in Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. Leia has also been a featured soloist and performer in various musical venues in the Valley, including the Phoenix Bach Society, ASU’s Gospel Choir, The King’s Carolers, and The Phoenix Theatre Company. Leia currently teaches voice and pedagogy at Mesa Community College and has a private voice studio where she specialized in teaching classical, musical theatre, and contemporary styles.