Northwest Chamber Chorus Staff
Mark Kloepper, Music Director
Music Director of the Northwest Chamber Chorus since 2006, began his lifelong love of choral music at age 7 as a boy soprano in his church choir. He earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied under Joan Conlon, Geoffrey Boers, and Peter Eros. He has also received training from Rod Eichenberger, Helmut Rilling, Alice Parker, Robert Shaw, Paul Hillier, Moses Hogan, Anton Armstrong, and Peter Philips and has conducted internationally in Europe, Cuba, Canada, and the USA. Having directed musical theatre, opera choruses, church choir, and school choirs, Mark now directs the vocal music program at the prestigious Tacoma School of the Arts.
Under his leadership, the NWCC went on tour to Slovakia and Hungary, participated in the Seattle Sings! Festival and the American Masterpieces Choral Festival with Dale Warland and Morten Lauridsen, and appeared in the St. John Concert series in Olympia, the Seattle Presents series at Seattle City Hall, in ACT Theatre productions, and as guest artists at the Northwest Gold Choir Festival. Mark has directed the Chamber Chorus for ten years in the annual Duke Ellington Sacred Concert presented by Earshot Jazz.
In addition, Mark premiered Carpe Diem by Northwest composer Joan Szymko, commissioned for the NWCC in honor of the 40th Anniversary Season.
Betsy Brockman, Executive Director
Engaged by the Northwest Chamber Chorus in 1991 as Managing Director and promoted to Executive Director in 2006, Betsy Brockman brings over 25 years experience in performing arts administration including management positions with the Seattle Girls' Choir, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Virginia, Musica Viva Chamber Chorus in Virginia, and the MIT International and Faculty Concert Series in Boston. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Northwest Chamber Chorus, she has successfully managed numerous projects funded by the Washington State Arts Commission, 4Culture, and the Mayor's Office for Arts and Cultural Affairs, as well as special projects funded by the Wyman Youth Trust, Behnke Foundation and the Newland Charitable Trust. In 1995, she served on the planning committee for the National Chorus America Conference held in Seattle and has served as a management consultant to Seattle Pro Musica, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest orchestra, Seattle Peace Chorus and many other local arts organizations.
Alexandra Webb, Accompanist
Alexandra Webb, NWCC accompanist as of Fall 2009, is a native of Burien, WA, where she attended Kennedy High School and sang under the direction of Mark Kloepper. Ali earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University. While at PLU she accompanied nearly every choir on campus, working with choral directors Kathryn Lehmann and Richard Nance. She now spends most of her time as music director and teacher for The Hi-Liners in Burien, and also teaches classes for Village Theatre's Kidstage program. Ali also accompanies and sings with Sonoro, a Tacoma-based choir started by her PLU friends. In her free time she enjoys singing in the Tacoma Opera chorus and teaching voice and piano lessons from her home in Seattle.