Jena Dickey – Founder and Artistic Director
Director of Concert Choir, Signature and Brio
Our founder has always had a burning desire to inspire people with vocal music, and what better way to do so than by leading an organization that gives thousands of children the skills necessary to develop their voices and musical talent? Her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Texas (Austin) and her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Colorado (Boulder) formally prepared Jena for this mission. Her postgraduate study through Choral Music Experience (Doreen Rao), the Kodály Institute (in both the U.S. and Hungary), Toronto Children’s Chorus Symposia (Jean Ashworth Bartle), Creating Artistry (Henry Leck) and other specialized courses has propelled her to the forefront of children’s choral organization leadership. She has prepared children’s choruses and soloists for many of the leading choral and instrumental conductors in the state. As a leader in the field, Jena has served the Colorado chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as R &S chair for Children’s Choirs and the Organization of American Kodály Educators as a member of the National Children’s Choir Committee. She is currently ACDA’s Southwestern Division Children’s Choir R&S Chair. Her moments of greatest joy are found in the highs of rehearsals and performances of the Young Voices choirs and the Sing A Mile High International Children’s Choral Festival.
Chrys Harris – Festival, Tour and Program Director
Chrys Harris is the Program Director and Tour Director of Young Voices, as well as the Founder and Festival Director of Sing A Mile High (SAMH) Children’s Choral Festival. A native of Wales, Chrys received her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Psychology from The Open University of Wales. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Certificate of Choral Management from Chorus America. She completed her Master of Nonprofit Management degree at Regis University in Denver in 2001. She is also certified to teach KinderMusik. Chrys’s innovations for Young Voices include the SAMH vision and its highly successful implementation. For SAMH, she has engaged and featured several world-renowned composer-conductors, including Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Dr. David Brunner, Bob Chilcott, Paul Caldwell, Sean Ivory and Dr. Catherine Sailer. She also initiated the Master Classes in Conducting for Sing A Mile High taught by Dr. Sailer. For Young Voices, Chrys created the first Young Voices Yearbook and the Young Voices leadership program, with its Choir Council and Young Ambassadors. She has created and directed Young Voices tours to seven U.S. states, including Hawaii, and to seven European countries.
Margie Camp – Administrative Director and Director of TrebleMakers, Choristers and Musical Beginnings
Margie is the Administrative Director and directs the TrebleMakers and Choristers for Young Voices of Colorado. She is on the music education faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she teaches the music methods classes and supervises student teachers. Mrs. Camp taught public school music for 30 years and retired from the Cherry Creek School District in 2004 after spending 15 years as choir director at Campus Middle School. Mrs. Camp also served the Cherry Creek School District as the music coordinator. Margie is SWACDA Past President and has been Program Chair for the SWACDA 2008, and 2016 Conferences as well as for the 2018 and 2020 Conferences. She has served both Colorado ACDA and Colorado Music Educators Association in many leadership capacities. Margie has served as clinician, adjudicator and director for workshops, contests and honor choirs throughout the United States. Prior to coming to Colorado, Margie taught in San Antonio. While in Texas, she served the Texas Choral Director’s Association as Secretary/Treasurer and was on the board of Texas Music Educator’s Association. Mrs. Camp received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Trinity University, her Master of Music from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Specialist in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Margie was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame.
Gretchen Timmer – Concert Choir, Signature and Brio Accompanist
Gretchen Timmer received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Keyboard (organ and piano) Performance from Hastings College and a Master of Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Music Education and Piano She is currently organist and choir director at St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Lakewood and serves on the board of the Denver chapter of the AMerican Guild of Organists. Gretchen taught vocal and general music in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska, and retired from Cherry Creek Schools after teaching 23 years at High Plains Elementary. Past accomplishments include conducting the Nebraska premiere of The Pied Piper operetta with its composer, the late Jean Berger, and in 2005 serving as organist and accompanist for the American Choir of the Mozart Festival at the Salzburg Dom and Vienna Volkeskirche.
Tyson Repke, VoiceMale Director
Tyson V. Repke is a former submarine Nuclear Reactor Operator turned teacher, musician, conductor, and actor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado (graduating summa cum laude) and a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. He has taught/conducted middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult choirs in Colorado for over nine years. Currently, he conducts the choirs at Mountain Ridge Middle School. Mr. Repke is also an avid performer, singing almost every style from opera to jazz. He has been a section leader and/or featured soloist for numerous performing ensembles across Colorado, performed the National Anthem for several sporting events including DU Pioneers Hockey and the Denver Broncos, and sang backup vocals for Josh Groban in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. On stage, he is best known as a character actor, or tenor buffo.
Karlie Carter, First Voices Teacher and TrebleMaker and Choristers Accompanist
Karlie Carter, accompanist for TrebleMakers received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Wake Forest University and her Master’s Degree in Music Education with Orff Schulwerk Level III Certification from George Mason University. Over the past twenty years, she has taught general and choral music in the classroom, has accompanied middle and high school choirs and community singing groups, has played piano and organ for churches in Washington and Colorado, and has music directed and accompanied multiple musical theater productions. Most recently Karlie taught general music and directed the choral program at Vail Mountain School, a K-12 independent school in Vail, CO, and served as an interim organist at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon, CO. She currently serves as the accompanist for Sagewood Middle School in Parker.
Benjamin Ehrlich, VoiceMale Accompanist
Born at Wright-Patterson AFB, but a native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Benjamin has studied organ with Willis Bodine, Mark Coffey, Laura Ellis, and Joseph Galema. He received his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Florida and the Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. While residing in the South, Benjamin served churches in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida as pianist and organist, including eight years as Organist at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Florida. He is active in the Denver area as an accompanist, working with the choirs at Jefferson High School, Edgewater and Sandoval Elementary, Denver. Benjamin is past Dean of the Denver chapter, American Guild of Organists, and currently serves as Calendar Coordinator.
Dawn Swift, Administrative Assistant & Parent Liaison
Dawn Swift primarily works during rehearsal hours on a variety of projects ranging from uniforms to fundraisers. Dawn became involved in Young Voices in 2007 when her sons Matthew and Bobby became TrebleMakers. As the boys advanced through TrebleMakers to Boychoir to Concert Choir to VoiceMale, so has Dawn, wearing many hats from helper to Rehearsal Assistant to taking care of the singers at camps, festivals and tours. Dawn’s professional background include accounting, software quality assurance and operations management, but the best experience she brings to Young Voices is that of seeing Young Voices through the eyes of a parent.
Ann Simonson, Social Media Manager
Ann Simonson brought her two sons to Young voices in 1996 and has stayed in one capacity or another ever since! Se has been an accompanist, rehearsal assistant, state manager, graphic designer, photographer, videographer, proofreader, Volunteer of the Year, and is now happily navigating the social media marketing waters for YVC. Ann also enjoys composing and arranging, playing triple cellos with Rocky Mountain Steel Bands and piano with Mile High Big Band.
2016-17 Board of Directors:
- Kathryn Ake, President
- Mary Fran O’Connor, Vice-President
- Cathy Colins, Secretary
- Valeta Baty, Treasurer
- Jena Dickey, Founder/Artistic Director
- Carole Hedrick, Member-at-Large
- David Heninger, Member-at-Large
- Catherine Huggins, Member-at-Large
- Dan Miller, Member-at-Large
- Lorene Thornburg, Member-at-Large
Young Voices of Colorado is a non-profit corporation recognized by the Colorado Secretary of State and sanctioned by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c) 3. We are governed by a Board of Directors of community volunteers, which takes responsibility for the fiscal, legal and ethical affairs of the organization.