Founder and Artistic Director Dr. Samuel Gordon has dedicated his life to the pursuit and creation of artistic expression through choral art. His career is an eclectic journey through a spectrum of singing, conducting, composition, and choral arts excellence both in this country and abroad.
The former Director of Choral Studies and Emeritus Professor at the University of Akron, the University of Maryland, and Missouri State University, Dr. Gordon devoted his professional career to the training and education of future vocalists and musicians. He himself served as the tenor in the Vocal Arts Quartet at the National Gallery of Art from 1985 until 2003, while also serving as conductor-in-consortium with the Maryland Camerata at the NGA.
Dr. Gordon’s fresh, evocative leadership at the podium has garnered notable appearances throughout the U.S and internationally. In addition to directing his own groups, he has conducted festival choruses in 38 states, Europe, Africa, Central America, Canada, and Asia.
An avid composer, Dr.Gordon’s Noel was performed by the Washington Choral Society at the Kennedy Center. His Motets for the Ladymass was commissioned by the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble. He is a Koch International Classics and Telarc recording artist and is published by National Music Publishers under the Samuel Gordon Series. Dr. Gordon’s choral works are available on the Hal Leonard website.
Dr. Gordon is in continual demand as a clinician and adjudicator. He has served on the jury for the The C. A. Seghizzi International Choral Festival (Gorizia, Italy), the Cantemus International Choral Festival (Hungary), and the International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece.
A decorated musician and conductor, Dr. Gordon is the recipient of the Studio Lauda Award at the International Early Music Festival (Zadar, Yugoslavia), and a first-prize winner at the prestigious International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales) as well as the Concorso Polifonico Guido d'Arezzo (Arezzo, Italy), where he also received the Fiat Conducting Prize. He was the first American to win the first prize in the madrigal division at the Welsh National Eisteddfod singing all of the repertoire in Welsh. Dr. Gordon received his doctorate from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University where his principal mentors were Julius Herford, Ralph Apelman, Fiora Contino, John Reeves White, Tibor Kozma and Wolfgang Vacano.
Dr. Gordon is married to Dr. Lynn Turner and they live with a sweet white cat named Puppy and their rambunctious Poochon who answers to Teddy.
Amy (Malyuk) Sauriol, pianist and organist, enjoys keeping a full schedule of teaching and accompanying. Since becoming Music Director at Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls in 2013, she has organized many special events and brought in guest artists year round, in addition to regular duties such as planning the music for all services and directing the choir. Ms. Sauriol’s piano studio continues to grow, now with two locations and students of all ages. These students receive a well-rounded musical experience as well as many varied performance opportunities such as recitals, competitions, and outreach at hospitals and nursing homes.
She is the President of Ohio Music Teachers Association, Summit County Chapter, for the 2015-2017 term. Since joining the OMTA board in 2013, she has initiated a Mentorship Program, High School Gala, and the very successful Annual Duet Festival. She is also a Chairman for the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival at Kent State University, and is an active member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
She studied piano performance and accompanying at The University of Akron, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree (2005), Master of Music Degree (2007), and Piano Pedagogy Certificate (2007). Specializing in vocal and choral literature, she has been the music director and accompanist for productions, recitals, auditions, master classes, and choral concerts in Northeast Ohio and beyond, as well as many special events at churches and high schools. At The University of Akron and Kent State University, she has taught Applied Piano and Class Piano, in addition to accompanying many classes, rehearsals, and degree recitals.
Favorite projects include work with Singers Companye, Nightingale Opera Theatre, Akropolis Vocal Ensemble, Downtown Upstairs Performance Project, Monster Pianos, Sing for Hope, and Western Reserve Suzuki School. Teachers include Philip Thomson, Mayumi Kikuchi, Nancy Bachus, and Barbara MacGregor.
Robert D. Mollard enjoys a most varied and eclectic musical career. He is an active conductor, keyboardist, organ recitalist and singer, and he has performed all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His organ performance in Beijing drew audience members onto the stage to get a closer look.
He has collaborated with many artists, including Sherill Milnes, Kathleen Battle, Jeanette Sourel, and Dave Brubeck. Additionally, he has worked with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Singers Companye, Summit Choral Society, Telarc Records, the Concert Artist Division of Steinway Piano Co. Additionally, he has been Director of Music at a number of major churches and synagogues in Cincinnati and Akron, Ohio.
Mr. Mollard earned a Bachelor of Sacred Music and a Master’s Degree in Orchestral/Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and holds an Associate certificate (AAGO) with the American Guild of Organists. He has been fortunate to benefit from a distinguished line of teachers, including David Kahn (a student of Aurthur Friedheim, who studied with Franz Liszt), Eric Kunzel (Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), Iona Voorm (a student of Bela Bartok) and Wayne Fisher (a student of Marcel Dupre).
He is the Principal Keyboardist for the Akron Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), performing piano, organ, harpsichord, celesta and digital keyboard. He recently performed Gershwin’s Songbook for solo piano with the ASO, and Vivaldi’s Seasons (harpsichord) with Olivier Brault. Additionally he is the Organist/Choir Director at Faith Lutheran Church, Fairlawn, and teams up with cellist Greg Fiocca as the duo named MOCA.
Mr. Mollard is Founder and President of Mollard Conducting Batons Inc. the leading manufacturer of products for professional conductors worldwide. Bob and his wife Connie have three children, two grandchilden, and a plethora of other critters.
Christine Stewart has been teaching music for the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools since 2001. She currently teaches music at DeWitt Elementary. Prior to teaching in Cuyahoga Falls, she was the vocal music director in Aurora City Schools for four years. Christine was awarded "Teacher of the Year" for the 2013-2014 school year by the Preston Elementary PTA. Christine graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Music, Magna cum Laude, and Masters of Music. While at the University of Akron, she studied conducting under Ms. Rebecca Dawson and Dr. Samuel Gordon. She also studied voice under Ms. Catherine Robison-Ranney and Dr. Laurie Lashbrook. Outside of the school day, Christine is the Director of Music at First Christian Church in Cuyahoga Falls where she directs the both the adult and children's music ministries. Under her direction, she started the fine arts camp, ADAM's Kids (Art, Drama, and Music) which welcomed children from the community for a 7 week camp which included arts, drama and music lessons and a fully staged musical production at the end of the camp. Christine is passionate about teaching music to children and adults alike. She believes that a fine arts education is an essential part of every child's education. It is her philosophy that all children should be provided a quality music education that encourages healthy singing habits, exploration of history and cultures, kinesthetic experiences with movement and sound, exposure to live performances, and lessons enhanced by technology.
Alanna Furst is currently the Choir Director at York United Methodist Church in Medina, Ohio. She completed a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Kent State University, where she was a graduate assistant and a member of Kent State Opera and the New Music Ensemble.While at KSU, she was a voice student of Lara Troyer. Prior to her work at Kent, she earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Akron where she was a graduate assistant and a conducting student of Dr. Samuel Gordon. Alanna has completed the course work for a graduate degree in music history demonstrating her commitment to acquiring a breadth of knowledge and experience. She has been a member of Singers' Companye since 2011.