Members of C A N T I C U S 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. 

Sandy Baxter, soprano

Sandy Baxter is a charter member of Canticus and has been an active singer most of her life. Thanks to an encouraging high school chorus teacher, she pursued serious choral music at college.  She has participated in several choral groups throughout her life and is enjoying the challenge of Canticus. 

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!

Claire Farmen, Soprano

Claire Farmen is a music teacher at Nob Hill Elementary here in Yakima. She graduated from Central Washington University and is currently pursuing her music masters. She loves being a part of the Canticus Choir!

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

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.

Mary Duren, alto

Mary Duren, a CWU graduate, retired in 2017 after teaching elementary music in Selah for 30 years. She enjoys singing in Yakima Symphony Chorus, playing keyboard on her church worship team, traveling, sewing, and spending time with family and friends

Evelyn Ericson, alto

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

Aaron Hirsch, tenor

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, Baritone
Kyle Langston, Baritone

Kyle Langston is a Washington native, and grew up in the Olympia area.  He graduated from Central Washington University in 2015, earning his Bachelors Degree in Music Education.  He currently teaches Middle School and High School band as well as High School choir in the East Valley School District.  Throughout the years he has had the pleasure of performing with various ensembles from across the state, but lists his participation in the Central Washington University Men's Choir as his favorite.

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.

Robert Swires, baritone

Robert has sung with Dr. Peterson since 1984, first at YVC in the Concert Choir. He has studied voice under Dr. Peterson, Dr. Gayla Blaisdell and Tim Schulz, with coaching from Deb Hardy. He has been the Minister of Music at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Yakima, WA, since.1996.

C A N T I C U S Vocal Ensemble

P. O. Box 9282

Yakima, WA  98909

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