Our Board

BOARD OFFICERS:

Juline Christofferson, President

Juline brings her stellar music experiences singing with the Jackson Hole Chorale for the past 27 years, the Presbyterian Church Choir, Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir and playing the piano and accordion.  She grew up singing in church and has a love of music and the arts, which, as an art major in college, she hopes to resume where she left off someday.  Juline also brings her management skills to Cathedral Voices – being the owner of various bars/restaurants/hotels, including the Stagecoach Bar, and currently the Bull Moose Lodge in Alpine, Wyoming, which she has owned and managed for the last 17 years.  Her personal interests include skiing, golfing, swimming, dancing and hiking (especially in Southern Utah).  Juline has lived in Missouri, Canada, and Montana.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Montana, a teaching certificate from Hamline University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah.  Her work experiences are vast and impressive and include:  Social Studies Teacher at Henry Sibley High School in South St. Paul, Minnesota; Editor of the University of Utah Computer Science Newsletter; Attorney in private practice in Utah and Wyoming; and a Natural Resources Coordinator on the staff of Utah Governor Scott Matheson.  The Jackson Hole Chorale Board of Directors is fortunate to have Juline’s vast experience and love of music to contribute to their goals.

Karen O’Connor, Vice-President

Karen’s mother’s love of music influenced her from an early age.  She entered Karen in piano lessons starting in the 1st grade and scrimped and saved to purchase her a flute in the 4th grade, hoping she would continue interest in music.  Karen began playing in the band and continued instrumental music until they moved to Wyoming.  As a young teen, Karen would sing harmony around campfires and people would ask, “How do you do that”? – to which she would reply, “I don’t even hear the melody most of the time”.  At home she could be heard singing at the top of her lungs to the radio with Karen Carpenter.   Karen joined the church choir and did a few singing performances in her hometown of Laramie.  By high school she was playing flute, piccolo and baritone saxophone in concert, marching and jazz bands.  It was a talent show in high school where the choir director first heard Karen sing and invited her to join the advanced choir.  This was Karen’s first exposure to  “serious vocal music” and she fell in love with the challenge of reading vocal scores and mixing voices in a full group ensemble both in concert and jazz choirs.  It was exhilarating!  Her senior year, she auditioned and was accepted for the All Northwest choir, which was comprised of 400 of the top singers in the Northwest US, held in Billings, MT.  Growing up in a college town, the natural progression was to attend the university.  Karen auditioned again, this time gaining a full scholarship for vocal performance at University of Wyoming.  She continued instrumental music when schedules allowed, but held to required courses for voice including joining the Collegiate Chorale.  While in Laramie, Karen met her future husband over a sheet of music while helping a mutual friend with the music for a Christmas Eve midnight mass.  They now continue making music together in beautiful Jackson Hole, where they’ve both sung in the Jackson Hole Chorale for three decades.

Rhea Lewis, Secretary/Treasurer

Rhea is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse with a BA in Theatre and a minor in Music and Art.  Her stage career has taken her through many valuable experiences.  She participated in a summer stock company in Manistee, Michigan under the direction of Madge Skelly, allowing Rhea to hone her costuming skills and act in minor roles for the major company and in title roles for the children’s theatre.  At the Pasadena Playhouse, among other endeavors, she was involved in musical children’s theatre, allowing her to act, sing, dance and choreograph.  A second summer stock on Catalina Island gave Rhea more experience in musical theatre, along with performing the major role of Luisa in the Fantasticks weekly musical show, a role that she played in Hollywood for over a year.  Her work in film, commercials, and choreographing plays and musicals, has expanded her career.  Rhea became a member of the Bobby Banas Jazz Dance Troupe and was encouraged to develop a mime character, “Otto”, that went on to play in several other venues.  Eventually, family drew her away from the long hours, and Rhea returned to school to study accounting – proving a handy skill in business as well as being treasurer for two chorales, one in Los Angeles, CA and the other, the JH Chorale in Jackson, WY.   Her choir experience began in her middle years while living in Los Angeles.  When she moved to Jackson, WY, she joined the JH Chorale and later joined Cathedral Voices Treble Voices.  Rhea states that her singing experiences have enriched her mind and her heart.

DIRECTOR:

Director Ron Fabry, Board Member

Ron received his Master’s in organ performance and church music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.  Along with an extensive background in choral conducting and performances under prestigious conductors, he did post-graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  In 2013 he moved to Jackson, WY to become the director of music at Our Lady of the Mountains Church and became the Director of the Chorale.  Ron oversees our projects including rehearsals and performances.  He acts a liaison and music coordinator for the different musical groups who participate in the concerts.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Nancy Bohne

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Nancy moved to Wyoming in 1972 and has called the Jackson area home since 1992. After a career primarily focused on healthcare financial management, including several hospitals, clinics, and insurance companies, she has retired after 10 years most recently with the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center as the Financial Director. She uses her background with non-profits and business systems skills to contribute to her Board membership.

Lisa Hoyt

Lisa Larson Hoyt has been a member of the Jackson Hole Chorale since 1980.  She moved to Jackson in 1979 to work for Teton County Public Health as a public health nurse, where worked for seven years.  Lisa is from Birmingham, Alabama.  She earned her BA and MSS in anthropology and sociology from the University of Mississippi.  In 1979 she earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Alabama Birmingham.  In 1985 she completed her Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, then worked in a private medical practice for 14 years.  In 2009 that practice became incorporated within the St John’s Medical Center.  In 2015 she retired.  Lisa sang with her high school and college choirs.  While in graduate school at the University of Mississippi, she was selected to be a member of The Group musical troupe.  In 1972 The Group won the International Vocal Music competition in Warwick, England then performed in several cities in Europe.  From 1972 to 1975 she was the vocalist with a duo that performed in dinner dance restaurants in Birmingham.  She had some vocal coaching in college and in Jackson.  In addition she has been a member of the Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir for three years.  On two separate occasions both the Jackson Hole Chorale and the Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir were selected to sing with additional choirs at Carnegie Hall.  Lisa had the good fortunate to sing with them both.

Jesse O’Connor

Jesse O’Connor was raised in Auburn Hills, Michigan and moved to Wyoming in 1979.  He joined the Chorale in 1985.  Due to his love of music and expressing it, he has played a variety of musical instruments over the years (i.e., the cornet, horn, guitar and handbells).  Jesse first sang portions of Handel’s Messiah in 1973 and participated in the collegiate choirs of Michigan Christian College and the University of Wyoming.  He toured Europe with the Southern Michigan Youth Chorale.  Singing brought he and his wife, Karen, together in 1987, and is their ongoing passion that they share with their children, Eireann and Liam, who are their pride and joy.

Annette Osnos

Annette is originally from Manhasset, Long Island and New York City. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1980 earning a BFA in Advertising. Noah, her husband,and she made a big life change and moved to Jackson, Wyoming from New York City in November 2014. After a 32-year career in advertising sales with publications like BusinessWeek, PCWEEK and Macworld, Annette retired in 2012, after spending the last seven years working the dream ob at National Geographic. Her love of animals and the planet are the biggest passions in her life. She served on several boards (YMCA, Wildlife Alliance) and volunteered at the ASPCA, North Shore Animal League and additionally brought puppies to Assisted Living facilities. She is bone marrow donor and big advocate of blood donation. Annette’s other interests include pickleball, biking, skiing, knitting, volunteer work and travel to Africa, as much as possible. She grew up going to an Episcopalian church where she sang as a child. It has been 50 years since she was able to sing again; but she is very inspired and grateful to be able to renew her love of music with the Jackson Hole Chorale.

Our Staff

Alice Widdess, Choir Manager

Alice assists The Jackson Hole Chorale bringing her management, marketing and organizational skills to help move the organization forward. With her love and appreciation for music and the arts, she enjoys working with the Chorale team of professionals to meet their goals. She currently consults with various other local companies, helping them to become more functional –Enhanced Capital Partners, Inc., Guthrie Mediation, Flat Creek Water Improvement District, and Jackson Hole Youth Baseball – Giants. Her past work experience includes Manager of Jackson Hole Corporate Services, assisting in the management operations of several LLC’s along with establishing successful relations with over 2,000 investors, the raising of investiture money for various companies, a real estate salesperson in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, property development as Vice-President of World Classic Houses, and has served on city advisory committees and boards of directors. Alice’s education includes receiving a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Antioch University, Los Angeles CA; Graduate coursework from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

Arla Burbank, Accompanist

Arla Burbank was born Arla Rae Bach to a Royal Canadian Mounty and his wife in the little town of Dauphin, Manitoba. The family moved all over Manitoba, including the Canadian Arctic.  Arla began taking piano lessons in Winnipeg at age 10 and continued lessons when the family moved to Ottawa, the Canadian capital in Ontario.  She was lucky to attend a fine art high school and play oboe and then attended the University of Western Ontario where she received an Honors B.A.  in music and English.  She received her teaching degree from BYU and then went to Alberta to teach school: choir, drama and English, and was also the music director for many community musicals.  She married Lee Burbank and had four children while in Alberta.  The Burbank family moved to Victoria, British Columbia where Arla taught Orff classes at the conservatory there.  Since immigrating to the United States and becoming an American citizen, Arla has taught piano lessons and plays a little harp, finished raising the four kids, worked with Bob Berkey putting on children’s musicals at the Pink Garter, played for the Jackson Hole Play House and currently teaches at Colter Elementary.  She loves to accompany and is thrilled to be working with Ron Fabry and the wonderful singers in the Jackson Hole Chorale.