Hannah R. Bingham, M.M.E., Artistic Director
I believe in the power of music to change lives.
I grew up in a small town nestled in the mountains of beautiful northern New Hampshire. My simple life was surrounded by music, but I was not exposed to choral singing until the age of 15. In my first year of singing in choir, I realized I had found something that made me feel more alive than I had ever felt. Once awakened to this discovery, I knew that I had found my life’s purpose, and I never turned back.
My journey led me through degrees in choral music education at Cedarville University and VanderCook College of Music and through wonderful experiences teaching children’s and adult church choirs in Illinois, children’s choirs with Boston City Singers and Anima–Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, and K-12 Vocal Music in private and public school settings in Kentucky, Illinois, and most recently in Saline, Michigan.
My mission in life is to inspire others to live up to their full potential, and I am lucky enough to be able to carry this out through my love for singing. Together with the youth of Viva Voce, we will experience the joy of friendship and the pleasure of singing. We will grow in artistry and expression, discipline and skill, confidence and leadership, teamwork and service.
Music has changed my life, and I believe in its power to transform the lives of our youth.
Elizabeth Lentz, Conductor for Brio
Elizabeth Lentz is originally from Jackson, MI. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music. While at WMU, she studied private voice with Dr. Karen Kness and Choral Conducting with Dr. Dee Gauthier and Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams. Ms. Lentz currently teaches music at Lawton Elementary in Ann Arbor, MI. She enjoys conducting her after school choir, Lawton Chorus, as well as teaching piano and voice lessons. Outside of the classroom, she loves reading, being in nature, and spending time with loved ones.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, John Bogdan has been accompanying choirs for 17 years. John began his accompanying career in 6th grade as the accompanist for his school’s 6th-8th grade choirs and has been accompanying choirs ever since. Currently, he is the associate accompanist for the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, U of M’s Youth Chamber Singers, and the Pioneer High School choirs among others. John received a BM with honors from the University of Michigan and an MA with merit from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. In addition to his accompanist position with nine choirs, John is heavily involved in musical theater and opera performances throughout southeast Michigan.
Board of Directors:
Dr. Monica Jones
Dr. Aaron Robida