Willamette Girlchoir (WGC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1991 by Caren Jensen and is governed by a board of directors. The board consists of members who volunteer their time to the organization, overseeing the development and management of the choir's goals. Willamette Girlchoir exists for the purpose of building a community of singers who are passionate about the art of singing.
We respect and honor each singer and her unique gifts that she brings to the choir program.
We embrace and encourage cultural diversity both in membership and selection of music.
We represent our community as ambassadors, and we are honored to represent the city of Salem and the Greater Willamette Valley in all that we do as WGC members.
We plan for excellence in all we do as singers.
Delee Brown, Artistic Director
DeLee Brown joined Willamette Girlchoir in 2011 as Director of Serenade and Sonnets (formerly known as Dolce and Vivace) and has once again stepped into the position as Artistic Director. Mrs. Brown has been a music educator and choral conductor for more than 15 years. She received her training in Vocal Music Education from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Mrs. Brown served as the Assistant Director of the Tucson Girls Chorus where she directed the elementary aged girls. She also developed the Tucson Girls Chorus Summer Fine Arts Program where she facilitated the writing and production of original operas.
After leaving Tucson, Mrs. Brown served as adjunct faculty at Georgia Southern University where she worked with pre-service teachers and supervised their student teaching. Mrs. Brown currently teaches General Music and directs the choir at Kalapuya Elementary School in the Salem-Keizer School District. She loves working with young women, building both their musical abilities and their self-esteem. Delee and her husband, David, reside in Salem.
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Ariana Recher, Accompanist
Ariana Recher is our volunteer accompanist and rehearsal assistant. Mrs. Recher teaches music and choir at Wright Elementary School. She actively helps with music in her church and community.
Bethea Gliebe, Accompanist
Ms. Bethea Gliebe is a music educator in the Salem-Keizer School district, teaching general music and choir at Sumpter Elementary. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Corban University. In addition to teaching, Ms. Gliebe is a collaborative pianist for local choirs, churches, vocal studios, and theater groups, working with organizations such as the Willamette Girlchoir and Red Letter Vocal Studios.
She believes that ALL students are musical and she is truly passionate about helping students reach their musical potential through engaging in musical literacy, movement skills, and performance opportunities. When Ms. Gliebe is not teaching or playing the piano, she enjoys going on walks, camping, playing with her kittens Pidge and Meeko, and spending time with her family in Portland.
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Carrianne Rhodes, Executive Director
Carrianne’s love of music began as a young girl with her pursuit of piano, voice, and flute. Her musical exploration continued as she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music and Theater.
She loved performing in numerous dance productions, musicals, plays and operas through the years. Later she was drawn to the behind the scenes production side of performing arts; starting her involvement with costume and set design, eventually acting as director and stage manager of theatrical productions, and assisting in producing a few films.
She is in her 10th year of association with Willamette Girlchoir; first as a parent-volunteer and with the last 5 years as acting Executive Director. A lifetime involvement and love of music and the arts along with building people are core values in her life. She hopes to infuse that principle in her family and the community around her; for people to have their eyes opened to their worth through their experience in music and the arts.