Our Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Hebert – President
Donna Marien – Vice President
Mary Shriver – Treasurer
Amanda Moen – Secretary
Carolyn Smith – Member-At-Large
John Elliott – Member-At-Large
OPEN – Member-At-Large

The Bloomington Chorale Board of Directors consists of 7 elected positions. The Board of directors oversees Chorale operations and governs the Bloomington Chorale. The board members serve two year terms with core responsibilities of hiring and managing chorale staff, planning and running sessions, fundraising, advertising, and recruiting new members. The board also acts as the ambassadors between the Chorale and the Bloomington Fine Arts Council, the Bloomington Center for the Arts, and the City of Bloomington. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us at Info@BloomingtonChorale.org.

Dr. Camilla Horne – Artistic Director

Dr. Horne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education (majoring in voice, piano, and flute) from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD; a Masters of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and a Ph.D. in Music/Music Education from the University of Minnesota.  She has been a professional music educator/conductor/performer for 30+ years.

At the University of Minnesota,  Dr. Horne worked with Dr. Ron McCurdy and coordinated the Dakota Jazz Educational experience; a collaborative effort with area junior and senior high jazz ensembles and the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, MN.  Twice a month, an area junior or senior high school jazz ensemble/band would be invited to perform at the Dakota Jazz Club.

Under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Hamilton and Dr. Akosua Addo, Dr. Horne coordinated the University of Minnesota Elementary Music Education students in developing several Pennock Music Listening projects, introducing K-6 elementary students to the beauty of orchestral music.

Dr. Horne has conducted numerous collegiate, community, and semi-professional instrumental and vocal ensembles around the country.  She served as the assistant conductor of the University Singers at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the assistant conductor of the University of Minnesota’s Gospel Choir under the direction of the late Mr. Sam Davis, the Interim Artistic Director of the One Voice Mixed Chorus in the Twin Cities, the Artistic Director of the Plymouth Rockers in Plymouth, MN, the Minnesota Chapter Representative for the Gospel Music Workshop of America – Twin Cities Chapter, the founding Artistic Director of the Selma Children’s Choir in Selma, AL, Chair of the Music Department at Judson College in Marion, AL, Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Lincoln University, the first degree-granting Historical Black College/University in the country and is a tenured member of the distinguished faculty of the James Cleveland National Gospel Music Workshop of America, teaching courses in vocal health for the gospel singer, vocal techniques for the aging gospel singer, and facilitates the vocal lab. Dr. Horne has also served as director of music, organist, and choir director in 15 churches throughout the country.

Currently, Dr. Horne is thrilled to be back in Minnesota, close to family, relatives and friends.

Elise Bombaro

Elise Bombaro – Accompanist, Piano

Elise Bombaro has been playing piano since she was in grade school.  She continued her piano studies at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute.  She majored in violin performance at Temple University.  Elise earned her BA in piano performance at the University of Minnesota.  Elise performs with two local orchestras: The Health Science Orchestra of the University of MN and Dakota Valley Symphony where she usually plays first violin and accompanies the Dakota Valley Chorus.  In her free time Elise enjoys reading, playing scrabble with her husband Danny, and biking around town.

MANY THANKS to Fall/Winter ’22 Interim Artistic Director, NADIA JOHNSON. Her time and talents were very appreciated as she led the group through the December ’22 concerts. Nadia has extensive experience as a choral director, pianist and singer and has also been a member of the Chorale. The group has always enjoyed working with her and will miss her joyful spirit.