Meet the Chorus


Meet the members of the May Festival Chorus! A diverse group of people from all walks of life – health care workers, educators, bakers, grandmothers –all music-lovers who devote their time and energy to creating the choral music we all love!  These individuals are celebrating significant milestones this year with remarkable tenures as a chorus member.

Spence Ingerson

Spence Ingerson is a superhero. Over her thirty years of singing with the May Festival, there have been many occasions when she has rushed to her car just as the first claps of applause began, did a quick change into her scrubs in the parking lot, and made it to her night shift at Good Samaritan Hospital just in time. Learn More


Dawn Bruestle

One might find that several of our May Festival Chorus members have spent some time as music educators; however, not all of them can claim to have produced an original opera written and performed by 4th graders. Dawn Bruestle can. Learn More


Steve France

Steve France brings the low tones to each May Festival performance, and if asked, he could also bring the eggs. This Loveland resident and bass in the May Festival Chorus has kept up to 150 chickens in one year, though now he is down to seven hens. Learn More


Julie Schieve

Singing with a major orchestra has always been a family affair for Julie Schieve. In addition to her 25 years with the May Festival Chorus, her father sang for fifteen years with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and her sister has spent thirty years with the Dallas Symphony Chorus. She jokes that all together, her father, sister, children, and nieces must have sung Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at least twenty times. Learn More


Monica Wilson

When Monica Wilson moved to Middletown, Ohio, on a Saturday in 1984, she knew she wanted to get involved in a local choir. What she didn’t know was how quickly that would come together for her. Learn More


Lisa Koressel

Lisa Koressel knows Robert Porco’s name now, but she didn’t when she first auditioned with him in 1993. After graduating from Ball State University, Lisa returned home to Cincinnati and began working as a telemarketer for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Learn More


Sam Stover

When Sam Stover was a little boy, he and his mother would often listen to Karl Haas’ radio show, Adventures in Good Music, learning together about composers and listening to their works. Sam went on to study piano, sing in choirs, and even play the organ, throughout grade school and into college. Learn More


Laurie Boisclair

Singing has always been a part of Laurie Boisclair’s life, and she happens to be very, very good at it. Laurie’s high school choir director Herbert Johnson in Crown Point, Indiana, recognized her talent and awarded her opportunities to share her gift, including a Benedictus solo and a twenty-one day European tour singing with her high school choir. Learn More