MARK THEWES - ACCOMPANIST
Mark Thewes is the accompanist for A Chorus for a Cause and has been with the Chorus since its beginning. Mark is a resident of Massillon, Ohio, and a full-time Organist-Director of Music at Westbrook Park United Methodist Church, in Canton. Mark is celebrating 39 years of music ministry there.He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Akron. Mark is a published composer with Morning Star, CCP Belwin, Abingdon and Beckenhorst Publishing Companies, with over two dozen compositions in print. Mark is a performing member of the Canton MacDowell Music Club and the Director for the MacDowell Chorale. He performs with Chad Pittman as "Two Men on a Bench" doing organ duets throughout Ohio and most recently, Boston, MA. He is also an organ adjunct faculty member at Malone University.
Christine Allison, director, began to see a dream unfolding with A Chorus for a Cause. She is a native of Alliance and a member of a musical family. Christine graduated from Mount Union College with Bachelors in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Her formal education continued at the University of Akron and is kept current by attending workshops and conventions.
For over 35 years, Christine has been directing community and church choirs. With A Chorus for a Cause, she has directed the chorus primarily for “a cause,” but also at such occasions as chorus member’s weddings, First Fridays, and at the community 10 year memorial of 9/11. She is a member of Chorus America and American Choral Director's Association. Christine continues to teach private voice lessons to singers from 15 – 78.
Because of her passion for singing, Christine started children’s choirs in a church position she held for 28 years. She also has directed the Children’s and Youth Choirs of VOCI and more recently, our own Voices of Hope, which sadly had to end in 2016.
Christine started directing bells in 1983 with youth, then adults and later formed a chime choir for younger ringers. She was awarded a scholarship and studied with American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. She later became a clinician for handbell workshops and a consultant to church bell choirs. She returned to Mount Union College to teach Handbell class/choir and directed BelVOCI, an auditioned community bell choir. She is a member of Handbell Musicians of America. The Board of ACFAC voted that she start Harmony Ringers under our umbrella. It is her goal to have Harmony Ringers become "Raleigh Ringers" of this area! www.rr.org
Whether it be with voices or bells, We are one voice, we will not be silent…We have one life, one choice, one hope. We are one voice!
Christine Allison- MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
SINGERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
We began with a dream of forming a community chorus in 2009 which would perform concerts several times a year to raise money for charitable organizations. Our first performance in the fall of 2009 was to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s NE Ohio Affiliate, for breast cancer awareness. “Sing for the Cure, A Proclamation of Hope” touched our near capacity audience at Umstattd Hall and moved us as singers to excellence. Because of that performance, we were invited to sing with 4 other choruses from around the country at Carnegie Hall, NYC, and perform the 10th Anniversary concert of “Sing for the Cure”. It was an unforgettable experience. We feel privileged to continue singing to raise money for a variety of causes which now number over 16 and total over $50,000. We would like to thank you for joining us in making a difference in our local community and in our world.