ACS Leadership

Paul Dankers

Paul Dankers

Music Director
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I am the music director of ACS, chosen by the board after the passing of the late founder and director, Ray Adams. I also have a full time job as music and IT director at Snowmass Chapel. My main areas of responsibility are preparing and directing the choir for ACS as well as artistic vision and leadership. I am grateful to have Sue Wasienko on board as the choral manager and a very supportive board. Please direct your questions through the appropriate channels.

I have bachelors and masters degrees in vocal music education and I taught vocal music, theory and composition in the public schools for 8 years before accepting my current roles as music director for Snowmass Chapel and ACS. I hope that you will consider becoming a part of this thriving, inclusive, welcoming, community-minded group of people by singing in the chorus, coming to concerts, and/or donating to support the work that we do. Thanks for visiting our website!

Christie Smith

Christie Smith

President
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My name is Christie Smith, president and Soprano. I moved west over 30 years ago from a singing family in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I lived in Santa Fe, NM and Austin, TX, but mostly in Colorado. I teach English and Humanities at CMC Spring Valley (Glenwood & Carbondale). I travel a lot–in the U.S. and overseas when I can afford it.

Sue Wasienko with Aspen Choral Society

Sue Wasienko

Choir Manager
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I’m Sue Wasienko, a professional freelance musician and educator based in Basalt.  I’m a former public school music teacher, having taught all levels K-12, for 16 years; 8 in New Jersey and 8 in Aspen.  In that public school career, I taught nearly every possible music course, and was music director for numerous musical theatre productions.  I have been auditions chair, choir manager, performance host, and auditions judge at all honor choir levels.  I’ve also conducted and played in many pit orchestras, coached countless vocalists, and managed to tread the boards myself now and again.

Since moving to the Roaring Fork Valley, I have also had an extensive performing career, singing and playing flute or piano with organizations throughout the valley.  I’m currently Assistant Conductor of the Maroon Bel Canto Children’s Chorus and teach private music lessons to flute, piano, and voice students. I’m happy to be choir manager at Aspen Choral Society and to serve the wonderful community that makes up the ensemble.

Hattie Branson

Hattie Branson

Graphics Coordinator
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I am at present Graphics Coordinator for the Aspen Choral Society responsible for coordinating posters, ads and concert programs with our designer. Contact me for any questions or suggestions you have about information to be included in our concert programs.

I am a retired graphics production artist and picture framer who started singing with the ACS in 2000. Since 2001 I have been on the board of directors, and I was president from 2005 to 2008. I have continued as a member of the Advisory Board.

Jeanie Child, Treasurer

Jeanie Child

Treasurer
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I have been singing Alto with ACS since 2008, but my love for music started with piano lessons in 2nd grade and my mother taking me to Aspen Music Festival concerts when I was young.  I sang in high school choir in Basalt and that a was the first time I sang Handel’s Messiah!

Linda Fitzpatrick Kimmel

Linda Fitzpatrick Kimmel

Secretary
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My name is Linda Fitzpatrick Kimmel and I am currently serving in the role of Secretary on the board of directors. I moved to Aspen in 1978 and sang with Ray for the first several years of the Messiah concerts, before taking a long hiatus to raise our 3 girls with my husband Randy, work full time and sing with the Dickens Carolers. In October I will celebrate 30 years with Pitkin County as a 911 Emergency Dispatcher. Now retired from performing with the Dickens Carolers for 27 seasons, I am excited to again be a part of the Aspen Choral Society. I am looking forward to ACS continuing this wonderful community tradition. I am also a co-grandmother with Lynnette Kidd Schlepp. Our granddaughter just celebrated her 1st birthday.

Brenda Bathke, Aspen Choral Society Boards

Brenda Bathke

Hello! I’m Brenda and I’m a board member since 2014. I’ve been singing with ACS since 1992 and thought it was time to take a turn at serving on the board this year. I’m hoping to combine my respect for this long standing organization and its founder Ray Adams, with the new vision of Paul Dankers and my fellow singers and board members. It’s an exciting time to be part of this organization and hopefully my skills as a business owner and long time Chorale member will be helpful in achieving ACS’s goals.

Stacey Weiss

Stacey Weiss

I have been singing with the Aspen Choral Society since 1996, performing as a chorister, soprano soloist, occasional vocal coach and board member. I was a public school music educator for 33 years and recently retired from the Aspen School District after 20 years as an elementary music specialist and choir director. I currently run the Aspen Piano Academy, a piano studio offering lessons to local children and adults.

Mack Bailey

Mack Bailey

My name is Mack Bailey. I moved up to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2014 where I am a music therapist and performer. My background has always involved choral singing including graduating from the NC School of the Arts in Vocal Performance. I am proud to be a singing member of the Aspen Choral Society as well as a Board member.