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Mari Cavens was fortunate to have been introduced to a variety of choral works as a participant in the choirs and traveling madrigal group at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. She studied music at Scripps College where she sang in the concert and chamber choirs and graduated with a degree in music composition. She also sang with Portland Camerata and her church choir. Mari works for Providence Hospital as an operating room nurse with the cardiac team and has traveled extensively on medical missions. She and her husband, Rick have three children, Sonya, Andrei, and Yelenna and a kennel of 8 sled dogs. They have made Alaska their home since 1990.

Carolyn Gordon has been a member of ACS since 1998, after attending a concert led by guest conductor Moses Hogan. She's been a choral singer since elementary school and her experience now extends over 40 years. Singing has seen her through breast cancer and knee replacement surgery and keeps her heart fulfilled. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Carolyn flew into Anchorage in 1990 and plans to stay awhile longer.

Jennifer Harlos began singing with the "Golden Blues" show choir in middle school. Since then she has sung in honors choirs through high school, the Brigham Young University Concert Choir, and the Salt Lake Choral Artists Concert, Chamber, and Women's choirs. Jennifer graduated from BYU as a nursing major with a minor in music. She is originally from southeastern Pennsylvania and has lived in Girdwood, Alaska since 2011. She is currently a Labor and Delivery nurse at Alaska Native and Providence hospitals. When not singing or working, Jennifer loves to enjoy the outdoors with her husband.

Jennifer Hooten moved to Anchorage with her Air Force husband, Brandon, in August of 2009. She has performed all over the world and in a variety of choirs over the past 20 years, including singing with the Grammy Award winning Phoenix Chorale. Jennifer is a 2002 graduate of Northern Arizona University, where she received a Bachelor's degree in music education. She is currently employed by the Anchorage School District teaching General Music at Spring Hill Elementary School. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading, camping, hiking, snowboarding and being a Scentsy consultant.

A member since 1999, Corina Johnston is a teacher and administrator at Fire Lake Preschool in Eagle River. While she thoroughly enjoys singing 5 Little Monkeys and Alice the Camel multiple times a day, Corina is glad to have the challenge of ACS to round out her musical career. Corina's roots are deep in Alaska; her grandparents homesteaded in Chugiak where they started a dairy farm on the land that is now Russell Oberg Field (named after her grandfather). Growing up in Alaska created a great passion for the outdoors in Corina, and she can be found hiking with her husband and daughter pretty much wherever a trail might take them.

Mary McKean has sung with ACS since 1990. A few of her most memorable experiences with ACS include the sister-city concert in Magadan, singing on A Prairie Home Companion, and the concert with guest conductor Moses Hogan. After 25 years as an educator with the Anchorage School District, Mary is now retired and "living the dream" in Hatcher Pass, Alaska. In addition to ACS, Mary sings with the MatSu Community Chorus and recently joined the MatSu Concert Band, playing flute and keyboard.

Merry Nanne grew up in Lawrence, Kansas where she studied piano, oboe, and voice privately in addition to participating in the Lawrence Children's Choir and various school ensembles. During college she continued to pursue both vocal and instrumental music as well as spending many hours honing her skills in ultimate frisbee and swing dancing. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in 2007 with a BA in music education. After college she moved north to Alaskan mountains and spent four years teaching choir at Service High School. Currently Merry is enjoying staying at home with her daughter Eleanor, watching her grow and learn.


Rachel Lieder Simeon is new to the Chamber Singers this year, but grew up in Mason City, Iowa (River City from the Music Man) singing 7 part harmony in her large family. She has sung with a variety of groups, including the Helena Symphony and The Montana Logging and Ballet Company. She received a Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and spent most of her professional life as a minister. Currently, she enjoys being the manager and buyer for Grassroots Fair Trade store in Anchorage, biking with her husband and their four huskies, cooking and traveling as often as possible to be with their daughters who live in Boston and Guam.


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