The Conductor

Jeffrey Buettner, DMA is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Middlebury College where he conducts the College Choir, directs and performs with the Collegium, and teaches courses in conducting and ensemble vocal music, and the seminar “Singing Communities.” He is co-founder/music director of the Middlebury Bach Festival/Bach Concerts, and conducted the Opera Company of Middlebury production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2015. He has conducted at the New York Summer Music Festival and in choral festivals in the Midwest and Northeast. Professor Buettner has traveled to Ukraine for research in Romani music on several occasions since 1999, and as a Fulbright Scholar to Kharkiv State University of Arts in 2010 where he conducted the University Choir. He has presented his research of Romani vocal music (“Gypsy Choirs”) of Ukraine and Russia at national and international conferences, including the 2015 ACDA national conference, and performance study of Gluck’s Orfeo and Handel’s Esther at regional conferences. He has written and performed several arrangements of American and Romani songs, with the Middlebury College Choir and other ensembles. He received the DMA from Michigan State University, MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and BM from St. Olaf College.

THE CHOIR

WHO WE ARE

The Middlebury College Choir is a community of undergraduate singers of diverse musical backgrounds and interests who seek to share and excel in choral music performance as a substantial part of their education and development as global citizens. Conducted by Associate Professor of Music Jeffrey Buettner, the Choir sings music of the choral canon, folk music of different global traditions, American music, and new compositions.

Beyond making music, College Choir strives to make music together, cultivating a sense of community and belonging among current members and an extensive alumni network. Trusting and listening to one another are key elements of singing together; when a group sings as a unified body, the quality of sound production tangibly changes and improves.

We believe that creating beautiful music with and for people we care about positively impacts our campus, our community, and the world. Singing together, above all else, has the power to bring people together.

The Choir

Samuel Lyons '21

Samuel is a baritone in the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Richmond, MA. He is a double major in Computer Science and Spanish while also following the Pre-Med track. In his free time, Samuel enjoys singing, personal fitness, good music, and good company. 

Ronnie Romano '20

Ronnie is a baritone in the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Bayonne, NJ. He is a double major in music and Chinese. Ronnie is a pianist and organist interested in choral conducting, music pedagogy, and ear training. He especially enjoys the music of Bach.

Bryan Currie '22

Bryan Currie is a baritone in Middlebury College Choir from Saratoga, NY. He is a math major and his interests include speed chess and soccer.

Sam Hernandez '22

Sam is a bass in the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Clinton, NY. He is a double major in Japanese and music. In his free time, he loves playing the french horn and bassoon, binge watching anime, and spending time with friends.

Blair Jia '23

Blair is a bass for the Middlebury College Choir.

Sam Ehrsam '23

Sam is a bass in the Middlebury College Choir.

Colin Lyman '23

Colin is a bass for the Middlebury College Choir.

Kevin Hernandez '20

Kevin is a bass in the Middlebury College Choir.

James Peacock '21

James is a bass for the Middlebury College Choir.

Ryan Yin '23

Ryan is a tenor in the Middlebury College Choir, and grew up in Shanghai, China. Outside of choir, he is involved in a cappella, enjoys playing video games, and spends way too much time on YouTube.

Masataka Mori '22

Masataka (Masa) is a tenor in the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Tokyo, Japan and Potomac, MD. He is a math major and also studies economics and classics. He plays the violin and trombone and enjoys classical music.

Ryan Opiela-Young '22

Ryan is a tenor for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Portland, OR. He is majoring in Music.

Pierce Gidez '21

Pierce is a tenor in the Middlebury College Choir and Collegium, and is from Oradell, NJ. Though a double history and economics major, Pierce has been involved with choral singing from a young age, and is excited to be joining the Middlebury's choir for a third year.

Jackson Mumper '22

Jackson is a tenor for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Alamosa, CO. He is majoring in geography with a minor in music. He enjoys biking and watching Spanish TedTalks in his spare time. 

Chris Hauptfeld '20.5

Chris is a senior feb from Berlin, Connecticut. He sings tenor, plays the trombone, and studies math. Some of his favorite musicians range from Debussy to J. Cole to The Beatles. In his free time, he likes cooking and playing soccer.

Bo Liu '23

Bo is a tenor in the Middlebury College Choir.

Adam Blachly '21.5

Adam is a tenor for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Adamant, VT.

Gillinda James '21

Gillinda is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from

Norwood, NJ.

Grace Metzler '21

Grace is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from

Lowville, NY. I am a Sociology-Anthropology major.  I am the oldest of 6 spectacular siblings (plus two dogs and a cat), love to read, and here on campus I (mediocrely) play trombone in the orchestra, try to swing dance, and volunteer at the Charter House in town. Singing in the choir is a great time, and I really value the friendships I have made and the sense of community I have found because of it. 

Annie Deering '22

Annie (she/they) is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir and is from New York with family both in the city and upstate. She is currently a joint major in Music & Theatre with a minor in French. Annie enjoys mac and cheese, sitting under the stars, and her little family on Maple Street. She spends most of her time reading, writing poetry, and watching endless hours of tv series. Annie is profoundly grateful to have the opportunity to share music with her community, college and otherwise, through Middlebury College Choir! 

Blake Zhao '21

Blake is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from

Delta, BC.

Tia Pogue '21

Tia is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from

Westport, CT.

Elena Bingham '19.5

Elena is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from

Syracuse, NY.

Hannah Resnick '21

Hannah is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from

Indianapolis, IN. She is a classics major. In Hannah's free-time, she enjoys choral singing, swing dancing, tech theater, old stuff.

Francis Shiner '23

Francis is a mezzo-soprano from Hamilton, NY singing alto in the Middlebury College Choir. They are a music major and education studies minor. They hope to become a college choral conductor and do research on early music. They owe their music education to their dad, their high school voice teacher, and the NY State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies. 

Victoria Andrews '23

Victoria is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir and is from Westford, Massachusetts. She plans to major in Environmental Science and minor in French. At Middlebury, Victoria is also involved with the Mamajamas a cappella group and the Sunday Night Environmental Group. She enjoys singing, composting, and spending time outside! 

Jane Nelson '22

Gillinda is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from

Norwood, NJ.

Gabi Martin '21.5

Gabi is an alto for the Middlebury College Choir. She is is a theatre major with an Italian and linguistics double minor from New York. She enjoys crossword puzzles, sweaters, pickled vegetables, charcoal drawing, and singing with the College Choir!

Katie Waters '22

Katie is a mezzo-soprano for the Middlebury College choir, and is from Charlottesville, VA. She is an International Global Studies major with an Environmental Studies minor, and enjoys reading about astronomy in her free time.  She loves reading, drinking tea, and being barefoot, and deeply appreciates being a part of the wonderful college choir community. 

Eleanor Mayerfeld '19.5

Eleanor is a mezzo-soprano for the Middlebury College choir, and is from Madison, WI. 

Sofie Leathers' 22

Sofie is a mezzo-soprano from Delray Beach, Florida. She loves getting involved in College Choir, Bobolinks a'cappella, and musical theatre on campus.  Her favorite things include Arabic, sunrise, dancing to reggaeton, and absurdly colorful makeup.  

Emily Ballou '21

Em is a Theatre and American Studies double major from South Royalton, VT. In addition to singing in College Choir, Em is president of Midd Club Nordic, dances and is co-president of On Tap, treasurer for The Hepburn Zoo, secretary/choreographer of Midd College Musical Theatre, and writes and performs sketch comedy with Midd Discount Comedy. Em enjoys baseball, journalism, working out to showtunes, and talking about her rescue dog. She is a proud member of the BOLD Scholars, Cohort 4.

Sage Schaumburg '22

Sage is a mezzo-soprano in the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Indianola, MS. Despite graduating from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, she is joint-majoring in Psychology and Studio Art. Sage enjoys drawing, reading, singing, flowers, and drinking tea while eating vanilla ice-cream.

Molly Dorion '22.5

Molly is a mezzo-soprano for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Santa Barbara, CA. She is majoring in Theatre and a prospective history major. Outside of choir, she enjoys participating in the theatrical productions at Middlebury, running and hiking around Vermont, and eating lots of ice cream.

Katherine Novey '20

Katherine is a soprano for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Washington, DC. She is a physics and math double major and outside of choir, plays rugby. 

Miranda Seixas '20

Miranda is a soprano for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Thousand Oaks, CA. Miranda is an Independent Scholar in Geobiology, and is currently working on her thesis about microbes in ice caves! When she isn't singing, she's most likely to be laughing or speaking German. She is also involved in the Middlebury Mountain Club as a climbing, hiking, and canoe guide and is the social chair of Brooker, the outdoor interest house. 

Wendy Taylor '21

Wendy is a soprano for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from New Orleans, LA. She is an elementary education and English double major who can't wait to begin teaching. She is involved in music on and off campus as much as she can be. 

Dylan Healy '21

Dylan is a soprano in the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Wickenburg, AZ. She is a double major in neuroscience and music. Dylan is passionate about combining the two disciplines and plans to conduct research on the topic. In her spare time, she enjoys jamming out to musicals and watching Friends. 

Madison Middleton '22.5

Madison is a soprano in the Middlebury College Choir, reigning from Germantown, MD. They are a joint-major in Theatre and Music. They enjoy dogs, sunflowers, banjo, chocolate, Tolkien, sunlight, and the joys of life. 

Catherine Han '22

Catherine is a soprano for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Hanover, NH.

Miko Dai '20

Miko is a soprano for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Shanghai, China. She is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major and a music minor. Her dream is one day to become the best singer among the scientists who can speak English, Chinese and Japanese. 

Rohini Prabhakar '23

Rohini is a soprano for the Middlebury College Choir, and is from Singapore. 

Jordy Kramarsky '23

Jordy is a soprano for the Middlebury College Choir. She is from New York City. 

Contact us 

buettner@ middlebury.edu

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