Suzanne is currently teaching vocal, instrumental and general music in the Tumwater school district. She attended Pacific Lutheran University and Washington State University where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education while studying vocal and piano performance. She has also completed an M.Ed. degree in Curriculum Development at City University. Suzanne is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education and is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk music method. She also enjoys singing and acting around town with various community groups. Suzanne resides in Olympia with her husband and two children.
Nadine has been directing with OYC for 10 years, and is thrilled and honored to have accepted the position of artistic director this year. After graduating in 2009, she began teaching in the Olympia School District, where she taught choir and general music for 9 years. In 2019, she started Sweet Francis Sewing Co, and left the classroom to pursue her business full time. Nadine is an active member of NAfME and ACDA, and still finds her way to the music classroom by providing workshops and clinics to local music teachers, adjudicating for local choir festivals, and accompanying. An OYC alum, Nadine is passionate about sharing her love of music with young singers and musicians!
Lorraine is a former K-12 music educator and school district music coordinator with 19 years of service in public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education/Music and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration/Music from Pacific Lutheran University. Her post graduate study included a fifth year program at Oxford and a practicum in an English primary school.
Lorraine is an active volunteer and leader in a number of non-profit organizations in Thurston County and enjoys giving back to the community through service. Lorraine and her husband have five grown children and nine grandchildren and enjoy living in the beautiful South Puget Sound region.
Michelle has lived in the Olympia area all of her life. She is a graduate of Tumwater High School and studied at Pierce College in Steilacoom, WA. Michelle is currently the Office Manager for Sloan Family Chiropractic in downtown Olympia and began as a Parent Volunteer with the Olympia Youth Chorus back in 2009 when her daughter joined OYC. She enjoys working with OYC families and outfitting all of our OYC singers! Michelle currently resides in Tenino with her husband Robert, son Wayne, and daughter Sahara.
Marlisa is a native Washingtonian and has lived in the Olympia area for over 50 years. She worked in the Financial Institution industry for over 35 years, until retiring in 2012. Her career was spent working in various positions, including Assistant Controller, Accounting Manager and CEO for local Credit Unions. She is a graduate of Credit Union National Association Management School through the University of Wisconsin. She currently runs her own Accounting Business and volunteers her time serving as Treasurer of the Core Council for Center for Spiritual Living- Olympia. Marlisa is very excited to serve as the Finance Manager for Olympia Youth Chorus and she loves to meet new people. She enjoys getting to know everyone connected with OYC.