Robin D. Johnson, Executive Director (alumna)
, was a member of The Singing Angels from 1966 through 1979. She has a B.F.A degree from Ohio University and after graduation moved to Chicago where she worked in the nonprofit sector for over 24 years in finance, with 15 years as the CFO of a $10M social service agency in Chicago. In 1997 she moved to Cleveland and for 12 years she telecommuted between Cleveland and Chicago. During this time Ms. Johnson's two children joined The Singing Angels; Courtney graduated in 2008 and Grant in 2012. In 2009, after having served on the Board of Directors of The Singing Angels, Ms. Johnson took on the job of Finance Director of The Singing Angels. In 2013 she took on the role of General Manager, and as Executive Director in 2015. Ms. Johnson also brings a wealth of experience from the many community boards upon which she has sat, and from the many organizations and political campaigns for which she was treasurer.
Charles Eversole, Artistic Director (alumnus)
, graduated from The Singing Angels in 1982 and was Assistant Vocal Director of the Reserve Chorus from 1983 through 1986. Mr. Eversole holds vocal music degrees from the University of Michigan and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, and is a former faculty member at New York University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He served as musical director for over 40 productions, including national tours of The Who's Tommy
and A Grand Night for Singing
prior to returning to The Singing Angels in 2001. Other conducting credits include two seasons with Lyric Opera Cleveland. Mr. Eversole is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Ohio Music Education Association. He is also the Music Director of the Cleveland Cabaret Project, an organization dedicated to the advancement of cabaret performance in and around Cleveland.
Sara Ballou, Performing Chorus Assistant Music Director (alumna)
, graduated from The Singing Angels in 2007 after being a member for six years, where she had opportunities to travel to California, New York and Washington D.C. She also served as a staff pianist as well as a student conductor during her years with The Singing Angels. Sara holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. She teaches in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools where she is the Director of Choirs at Brush High School and Memorial Junior High School. She is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and would say that her extensive involvement in The Singing Angels over the years contributed to her passion for teaching choral music as an adult.
Christine Karliak, Performing Chorus Assistant Music Director (alumna)
, graduated from The Singing Angels in 1983 after eight wonderful years as an Angel, during which time she traveled to Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Wales, and China. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Education from Walden University. Mrs. Karliak has been a choral music specialist for the Fairview Park City Schools since 1991, and is also the Director of Music for St. Wendelin Church in Cleveland. She is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and the American Choral Directors Association. Mrs. Karliak has been featured in productions with Rocky River Community Theater, sings with the Cleveland Pops, and has been called on to sing for several civic and private functions. She and her husband, Dan, are the proud parents of five children.
James J. Balaguer, Volunteer Director of Barbershop Music
, was introduced to barbershop harmony as an 8th grade student singing bass in a quartet, and it has given him years of pleasure and enjoyment. With over 40 years as Volunteer Director of Barbershop Music for The Singing Angels, he has enjoyed the opportunity to work with the gifted young people who make up the chorus. One highlight of Mr. Balaguer's years with The Singing Angels has been the opportunity to direct them at the International Barbershop Convention in Pittsburgh. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Mr. Balaguer is a Senior Client Executive with the Oswald Companies, one of Ohio's largest independent insurance agencies. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Health Hill Hospital, now a division of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
Heather Liuzzo, Reserve Chorus Music Director / Littlest Angels Music Director (alumna)
, returned to The Singing Angels in 1997. She is a graduate of Heidelberg College with degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and has been a music educator since 1989. Ms. Liuzzo teaches general music at Mater Dei Academy in Wickliffe. She also teaches voice and piano privately. Ms. Liuzzo was a member of The Singing Angels for five years and was thrilled to tour with them to England, Wales, Mexico, China, and Japan. She is the mother of three boys and has the greatest husband in the world.
Bryan Whitten, Reserve Chorus Assistant Music Director (alumnus)
, was a member of The Singing Angels for six years, graduating in 2015. During his time, he participated in dance troupe, served as the Student Conductor for two years, and was awarded the Rising Star, Charley Eversole Outstanding Bass, and William C. Boehm Awards. He traveled on five tours, including The White House (twice); the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH; the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; and Branson, MO. Playing piano and operating the sound room, he has volunteered on his church's worship team. He attends a local university pursuing further education and continues to study piano, voice, theory, and composition with a private music professional.
Amanda Fertal, Littlest Angels Assistant Music Director (alumna)
, was a proud member of The Singing Angels from 1990 until her graduation in 1997. Since then she has continued to make a career of music. Ms. Fertal has a B.M. from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, and is pursuing her Master's in Choral Music Education at the University of Akron. She is also an avid actress having performed in productions at Cleveland Opera, Opera Cleveland, Mercury Summer Stock, Rabbit Run Theatre, Cedar Point, and Kaliope Stage. She is also a chorus member, and has been featured as a soloist with the Cleveland Pops. Ms. Fertal is the music teacher at Our Lady of Angels School, where she has had the joy of having several past and present students in The Singing Angels.
Karen A. Harris, Performing Chorus and Program Administrator, Tour Manager
, has been involved with The Singing Angels since 1987. Her children Allison (1996), Paul (1998) and Holly (2001) are Angel alumni. Ms. Harris was the Adult Education Coordinator for Rocky River Schools for 21 years and still helps out occasionally. Ms. Harris was instrumental in establishing the Rocky River Community Theatre, and served as a producer, properties master, actress, and dancer. She also was involved with the Beck Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department. She looks forward to continuing the Angel experience when her granddaughter becomes a Littlest Angel in 2020.
Kay Eversole, Reserve Chorus and Littlest Angels Administrator
, has worked for The Singing Angels since 1983. A native of Long Island, NY, she holds a B.A. from Adelphi University and an M.A. from the prestigious Teacher’s College of Columbia University. Ms. Eversole formerly taught mathematics in Valley Stream, NY, where she was a board member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State, and in Euclid, OH, where she was Chairman of the Math Department at Forest Park Junior High School. She is the Treasurer of the Cleveland Area Chapter of the Pi Lambda Theta education honorary society, and a board member and Past President of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Women's Committee. Ms. Eversole began her relationship with The Singing Angels as a parent in 1978; two sons, Charles (1982) and William (1985), graduated from the Performing Chorus.
Holly K. Harris, Reserve Chorus and Littlest Angels Administrator (alumna)
, was a 10-year member of The Singing Angels. She has been involved with The Singing Angels in some capacity since graduating, including guest choreographer, fundraising consultant, and tour chaperone. Holly works for University Circle Inc. (UCI) as the District Relations Manager and Special Assistant to the President. Additionally, Holly has performed in various productions at the Beck Center and was part of the Beck Center Theater Education staff as a dance instructor.
Allison (Harris) Erni, Choreographer (alumna)
, is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Cuyahoga Community College. She has appeared in area productions at Beck Center, Cassidy Theatre, and Rocky River Community Theatre. She has choreographed for several theater productions, show choirs, and schools throughout the area. Mrs. Erni is currently the advisor for the Rocky River High School dance team, a Thirty-One Independent Consultant, and an interpreter for the deaf, but her favorite job is being a stay-at-home mother to her daughter, Anika. Throughout her 10 years in The Singing Angels she travelled extensively with the group and performed as a soloist and dancer. Mrs. Erni was a Tom Neal Award Winner.