Staff and Directors
Artistic Director; Concert Choir Director; Tour Choir Director
Mr. Golden is the Director of Music Ministries at Hixson United Methodist Church. He received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Tennessee. He is the founder and artistic director of the Vox Valens professional male ensemble based in Knoxville. He is also a well-known tenor soloist and choir member in Chattanooga, most recently singing with the local group Voci Virili. He sang with the ETSU Men’s Ensemble at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors of America (ACDA) and with the ETSU Chorale on European tours. In addition, he has been selected twice to participate in the ACDA Southern Division’s master classes.
Serves as the director of music at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Lookout Mountain, and as adjunct instructor of organ for Covenant College. John earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Wittenberg University and a Masters of Music from Northwestern University and taught vocal music at Elgin Academy. Mr. Wigal’s conducting instructors include Donald Busarow, John Smarelli, and Robert Harris. He has conducted in summer study for Anton Armstrong, Rene Clausen, Earl Rivers, Martha Shaw, and Dale Warland.
Emily is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy as well as the director of children’s choirs at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland, TN. She received her Bachelors of Music Education with Vocal Emphasis from Lee University. In addition to her teaching engagements, she regularly performs with many area choirs, such as the Tennessee Chamber Chorus and Chattanooga Bach Choir.
Penny Downs Tullock
Grace Moore, Concert Choir Accompanist
Penny has served as the primary accompanist for CGC since 1989. She has been an accompanist/vocal coach for over thirthy years. Ms. Tullock has played for singers, instrumentalists, and choral ensembles at Carson-Newman College, Southern Seminary, the University of Louisville, Covenant College and is currently a staff accompanist at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She also plays for the Baylor School choirs and teaches voice and piano at the School of Fine Arts of First Baptist Church, Chattanooga.
A member of the staff since 2003, “Mr. K” is a certified Chorus teacher and Spanish teacher and is the minister of music and pianist at White Oak United Methodist Church in Red Bank, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma; Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California; Holy Names College, Oakland, California; and Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rock Spring, Georgia. Mr. K is also the keyboardist in The UPTown Big Band of Chattanooga, Tennessee. His own daughter, Katy, graduated in 2007 after completing nine years in the CGC.
Betty Anne Neal
Betty Anne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Music from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the organist at St. Stephen Catholic Chruch. She sings with the Chattanooga Bach Choir and has sung with several community choirs in Atlanta. This is the third season Betty Anne has volunteered her time with the CGC.
Native Chattanoogan Harv Wileman has been working in arts administration for nearly twenty years holding such positions as Chorus Manager with Choral Arts of Chattanooga; Membership Manager of Opera America (the service organization for opera) in Washington, DC; and Grants Officer of Sarasota Opera in Florida. He founded Voci Virili Men’s Consort and Voice of Reason Women’s Ensemble in 2012 and 2014 respectively and has been producing performances of local opera alternative Hops & Opera since 2009 as well numerous concerts of vocal chamber music. Devoted to the choral art, he has been a professional choral singer and tenor soloist for 25 years singing the majority of the standard repertoire and has served on the boards of the Key Chorale (FL) and the Chattanooga Girls Choir. He has also written and obtained grants for such non-profits as the Chattanooga Bach Choir, the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, the Sarasota Reading Festival, and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song. He holds a Bachelor of Music from UTC and a Master of Music from Lee University and has served as adjunct faculty for Chattanooga State and Covenant College.
Sara Snider Schone
Sara Snider Schone has spent twenty years in customer service, hospitality, and arts administration. She has collected accounting, marketing, sales, and customer relations training from the corporate sector, with substantial tenures at such companies as The Chattanoogan and Unum, and used it to assist in administration, development, and production efforts for numerous local arts organizations. Sara is the Founder and Artistic Director of grass-roots company Opera Tennessee (now in its sixth year), the social media coordinator for Symphonic Tales, and a member of the Chattanooga Music Club. Holding an undergraduate degree in bassoon from Southern Adventist University, she is in demand as both a mezzo-soprano soloist and bassoonist and has thriving voice and bassoon studios.