Staff and Directors

Artistic Staff

Directors

Josh Golden
Artistic Director; Concert Choir, Grace Moore Singers, and Ensemble 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. Mr. Golden is the staff conductor for Opera Tennessee and is the founder and Director of The Chattanooga Chamber Chorus. He is also a well-known tenor soloist and choir member in Chattanooga, with groups such as The Chattanooga Bach Choir and  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.

 

Emily Halbert
Cantilena Director

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.

Accompanists

Betty Anne Neal
Concert Choir, Grace Moore Singers, and Ensemble Accompanist

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 fourth season Betty Anne has volunteered her time with the CGC.

David Kammerdiener
Cantilena Accompanist

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.

 

Administrative Staff

 

 

Sara Snider Schone
Executive Director

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 ninth 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.