Members of CANTICUS VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Anne Schilperoort, accompanist

Anne has worked with Dr. Peterson since 1990, when she began teaching at Yakima Valley College. She has accompanied college choirs, church choirs and the Yakima Symphony Chorus under his direction.  It is a joy to be working again with Dr. Peterson and this talented ensemble. 

Janet Buege, soprano

Janet's singing journey began at age 5 when she performed in 3 part harmony with her sisters.  Having participated in choral groups since then, including church, high school and college plus the Yakima Symphony Chorus, The Yakima Chamber Singers and currently Canticus, she has always found it rewarding to be part of a team creating beautiful music. A fine arts graduate of Pacific Lutheran University,  Janet works in numerous areas of commercial and residential art, design and merchandising, She is married to Jeff Buege and they have two daughters. Getting outside for walking, golf and snow skiing are just a few of her many favorite things!

Victoria Langston, soprano

Victoria is a Washington native who grew up in Othello, WA.  She started singing in choirs in the fifth grade and has not stopped since.  She went on to sing at Columbia Basin College where she received her Associates of Arts in 2011, after completing studies with Dave Cazier and Central Washington University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music Education in 2015, after completing studies with Dr. Gayla Blaisdell. 

 

Throughout the years she has had the pleasure of performing with various ensembles from across the state and lists her participation in the Central Washington University's Vocal Jazz 1 as well as Columbia Basin College's FreeForm as her favorites.  She currently teaches middle and high school choir, various music survey courses, and conducts the Z Center Stage spring musical in the Zillah School District. 

Samantha Larsen, soprano

Samantha Larsen was born and raised in Yakima. She and her husband have a daughter named Coraline and enjoy any out door activities. Samantha has been singing in chorus since 2004. She's also a student at Arizona State University studying Business Communication

Jodi Salisbury, soprano

Jodi Salisbury is originally from Tacoma, but moved to this side of the mountains to go to school at CWU. After graduating with a degree in music education, she started teaching in the Yakima school district and currently teaches music at Hoover Elementary. When she isn't singing or teaching, Jodi loves to read, hike, and go on adventures with her family and fiance Chris. She is excited to be singing with Canticus this year!

Brittany Stahley, soprano

Brittany was born in Provo, UT, but spent most of her life in Yakima. She holds a BA in vocal performance from CWU. She has a passion for both opera and choral music and enjoys teaching private lessons here in the valley. When she isn't singing, she enjoys teaching preschool, adventuring outdoors and spending time with her family.

Renee Stueckle, soprano

Renee credits her high school music teacher, Jerry Burr, for fostering her lifelong love of choral singing. Since then she has sung in a variety of choirs in college, church and the community. She is a CWU Alumni and lives in Yakima, traveling frequently around the state for her job as Human Resources Director for Service Alternatives.

Anne Chapman, alto

Anne is a native of Iowa and met her husband Jeffrey Chapman (Canticus tenor) in college.  After graduation they moved to Yakima in 1986 and she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest.  Anne is currently an elementary music specialist at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in Yakima.  She enjoys singing in Canticus, the Central Lutheran Festival Choir and is the co-director of the Yakima Children’s Chorus.  Anne and Jeff love to Alpine Ski and spends time with their two grown sons.

Aryn Chatterton, alto

Hannah Discher, alto

Hannah is a native Washingtonian and CWU graduate, and holds a bachelor’s degree in music education. She began singing at age 13, and has been hooked ever since! Hannah is a former member of the CWU Chamber Choir, enthusiastic CWU opera participant, and enjoys singing in church choir. Hannah currently lives in Yakima with her husband and daughter. 

Laurel Kaschmitter, alto

Laurel's passion for choral music was ignited at Yakima Valley College, where she studied under Dr. Peterson. From there, she went on to pursue her Bachelor's Degree and later her Master's at CWU in Music Education. Along with teaching choir at Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Laurel is involved with the school's award-winning musical theatre program. When she's not teaching or putting on shows, Laurel enjoys being at home or adventuring with her husband and two boys.

Jane Peterson, alto

 Jane enjoyed being an elementary music specialist for 37 wonderful years.  She is co-founder and former director of the Yakima Children's Choir.  Retirement is filled with travel, sewing, singing and grandchildren!

Jeff Chapman, tenor

Jeff was raised in Spokane Washington.  After meeting in college, he and his wife Anne Chapman (Canticus Alto) moved to Yakima in 1986.  Jeff taught middle school band in the Yakima School District for 25 years and is now an elementary music specialist at Gilbert Elementary. He and Anne have two sons who are in college.  Jeff enjoys hunting, skiing, and traveling around the Pacific Northwest

Eric Diehl, tenor

Eric is originally from Bellingham, Washington. While primarily an instrumentalist, Eric started singing in choir while attending Central Washington University, where he graduated from in 2018. Eric currently teaches K-12 music and band at the Kittitas School District

Aaron Hirsch, tenor

Originally from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Aaron Hirsch initially moved to Ellensburg for a Masters program in Orchestral Conducting at CWU. Seven years later, Aaron has established himself within the musical community of central Washington. He is the Assistant Conductor of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, is a teaching artist with YAMA, and is an adjunct professor at CWU where he teaches conducting, piano, leads the chamber orchestra program, and performs with students and faculty as a collaborative pianist and organist. Aaron currently lives in Ellensburg with his wife and cat.

Dean Millett, tenor

A graduate of CWU with a broad area music bachelors degree, Dean currently teaches music at Lewis and Clark Middle School. 

Although his main instrument in college was tuba, Dean sang tenor in both the CWU Men’s Choir and the Wildcat Singers. He also plays fingerstyle guitar and has accompanied CANTICUS in past performances.

When not teaching, he helps run sounds for the Davis High School marching program, DJ’s weddings, and enjoys spending time in nature with hiking, camping, and fishing.

Tony Rosetti, tenor

Tony is currently teaching middle school choir and mariachi in Sunnyside, Washington.  Tony grew up in Clarkston and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Washington State University, and is currently completing a Masters program at Central Washington University.  Tony often can be found volunteering for school and community musical theater productions, either as a performer, vocal coach, recording engineer, or musical director.  After a year of isolating and teaching remotely, Tony is thankful for every opportunity to sing from now on!

Steve Wenger, tenor

Steve has loved singing and choral music since grade school.  That love of music continues today as he is presently a member of CWU men’s choir, church worship team, and sings at events with his family, in addition to thoroughly enjoying being a part of Canticus.
Tom Elliott, Bass
Tom Elliott started singing in churches in Virginia, followed by stints in high school and college drama and choir. He took a long hiatus from public performance, traveled west, began a career in natural resources management, met his life partner, and moved to the Yakima area in 2005. He tired of singing to himself and was elated to learn of, and be accepted to, Canticus in 2019. Tom can’t wait to start rehearsing with this great group of people and to perform for real, live audiences again.
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Ronnie Gray, bass

A native of Wyoming, a graduate of the Univ. of WY.,  Majoring in education, minoring in music and business administration, Ronnie taught Alpine & Nordic Skiing, Math and Pre-First Basic Skills {Kindergarten} for twenty eight years before entering the realm of administration.  Ronnie’s vocal and instrumental skills have taken him many times across America and at times halfway round the world.  As a Regional H.R. Administrator for the State of Washington, Ronnie has been retired for eight years.  It is Ronnie’s honor to contribute to advancing the goals of Canticus.

Bart Roderick, bass

Bart Roderick received his masters of Music from Central Washington University. He retired in 2019 from  a 28-year career teaching K-12  public school choral music.  Hie has sung and played keyboards  professionally all over the world. He and spouse Donna of 44 years have one daughter, Elizabeth, and grandchild Juniper.   

Steven Slusher, Bass

Hailing from St. Louis, MO, Steven Slusher received his Master of Music Degree from Southern Illinois
University at Edwardsville and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ohio Northern University. Mr.
Slusher has conducted throughout the United States from the Crystal Cathedral in California to Riverside
Church in New York City. He was the guest conductor of a city honors choir that traveled to New York City
to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mr. Slusher is the past Assistant Director and Soloist of
the Bach Society of St. Louis and a Principal Singer and Soloist for the St. Louis Symphony. He was on the
Music Faculty at Lindenwood University, served as the Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church, and
most recently, Director of Choirs at Toppenish High School. Currently, Mr. Slusher is Assistant Director and
frequent soloist of the Yakima Symphony Chorus and is Director of Choral/Vocal Activities at Yakima Valley
College. He continues to be an active adjudicator and clinician.

John Svendsen, bass

John is a life long resident of Yakima. He is owner/operator of Svendsen Construction Company, previous to that, he owned a mountain sports store, he also worked at Valley Memorial Hospital as a laboratory technician, after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Biology.  John has enjoyed singing in choral groups most of his life. He has sung with Central Lutheran Church’s Festival Choir since his teen years and still continues today. He began singing with Yakima Symphony Chorus in 1972, under the direction on Brook Creswell and later, Dr. Scott Peterson. He was also a member of the Yakima Chamber Singers, and is currently with Canticus. While in college, John was a three year member of PLU’s Choir of the West. John is married to Katy, has two sons, two step daughters and seven grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, camping and traveling, he also enjoys watching most TV sports.

Chris Wallitner, Baritone

Chris Wallitner is originally from Puyallup, but moved to this side of the mountains to go to school at CWU. After graduating with a degree in music composition, he started freelancing in the Yakima area and writing music for ensembles across the Pacific Northwest including Canticus Vocal Ensemble. When he isn't writing or singing, Chris loves to read, play video games, and go on adventures with his family and fiancée Jodi. He is excited to be singing with Canticus this year!

Aryn is originally from Issaquah, Washington but moved over to Ellensburg to study music at CWU. After receiving a bachelors in music, she acquired a post-bac degree in elementary education. She is now the new music specialist at Valley View Elementary in Ellensburg, utilizing both degrees! When she is not singing or teaching, she is hiking with her golden retriever, Sully.