The Louisville Chamber Choir was formed in the fall of 2013 by Artistic Director Kent Hatteberg with the commitment to engaging audiences through world-class musicianship and performance of choral music. The Choir is comprised of 26 musicians drawn from the Louisville Metropolitan area who are dedicated to the highest level of ensemble performance.
Since its inception, the Choir has dedicated itself to the highest levels of musicianship, collaboration with other musical ensembles, and educational outreach. The Choir regularly performs with the Louisville Orchestra to present diverse and exciting works. Recent partnerships include Carmina Burana, Chichester Psalms, Bernstein's Mass, and Handel's Messiah. The Choir is also regular participant in WUOLs Holiday Choral Festival.
The Choir's performances encompass a wide range of composers from Gabrieli and Byrd to Esenvalds and Whitacre. The Choir presents concerts that engage audiences through technical expertise and emotional expression. Each singer brings his or her musicality and merges it with the other singers to create a synergy between, choir, conductor, and audience.
The Choir also takes pride in its educational outreach. The Choir regularly works with high school ensembles from around the Louisville metropolitan area during their preparations for a variety of concerts.
The Louisville Chamber Choir is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the Louisville Chamber Choir are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
One of today's most influential voices in choral conducting, Kent Hatteberg brings an unsurpassed level of musicianship to the Louisville Chamber Choir. As artistic director, Hatteberg assembled some of the finest artists in the country to form a choral ensemble dedicated to engaging audiences with world-class musicianship and performance of choral music.
An active guest-conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, both nationally and internationally, Hatteberg is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisville and Chorus Master for the Louisville Orchestra.
Named a Fulbright Scholar in 1990, Hatteberg studied conducting and choral-orchestral literature in Berlin, Germany with Uwe Gronostay (conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir and Professor for Conducting at the Hochschule der Künste), pursued research on the works of Felix Mendelssohn, and sang in the Berlin Philharmonic Choir. His doctoral thesis contains urtext editions of Mendelssohn’s Gloria and Große Festmusik zum Dürerfest, two previously unpublished works for chorus and orchestra. In 1997 he conducted the world premiere of the Gloria on the University of Louisville campus. The Große Festmusik was given its first modern performance at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on November 10, 2000, with the score provided by Dr. Hatteberg. He has lectured on Mendelssohn’s early works in the United States and Germany.
After fulfilling his Fulbright Scholarship in 1990-1991, Hatteberg served five years as Director of Choral Activities at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas (1991-1996). He conducted the Sam Houston Chorale in performances for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio in 1995 and for the MENC National Convention in Kansas City in 1996.
Hatteberg was named a University of Louisville Faculty Scholar in 2002. In 2004 he was named the Kentucky Music Educators Association College/University Teacher of the Year. His biography appears in the newly-published International Who’s Who in Choral Music. In 2008 he received the Robert K. Baar Award for Choral Excellence from the Kentucky Choral Directors Association. The University of Dubuque, his undergraduate institution, awarded him the Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 2008.
Through his work as overseer of the Margaret Comstock Choral Endowment Fund in the School of Music, Hatteberg has commissioned new music, hosted international choral ensembles in the Margaret Comstock Concert Series, recorded compact discs with the Cardinal Singers, and afforded students in the choral program the opportunity to attend and participate in choral events nationally and internationally.
Emily Black, a native of Paducah, is the Graduate Teaching Assistant of Voice at the University of Louisville while she pursues her Master’s in Vocal Performance. She graduated from U of L with a B.M. in Vocal Performance in 2015 where she studied with Edith David Tidwell. She currently studies with Emily Albrink. She has been featured in U of L Opera Theatre productions as Silverpeal in The Impresario and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief. This spring, she will perform the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Emily performed as a soloist and Street Singer in Bernstein’s Mass and a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque this past fall. Emily is also a voice teacher at St. Francis in the Fields Music Academy. She is thrilled to be singing with her husband, Fowler, in Louisville Chamber Choir this season.
Haley De Witt, a native of Louisville, is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance as a Graduate Teaching Assistant of Voice at the University of Louisville. She currently studies with Dr. Katherine Donner. Haley received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from the UofL in 2012 where she studied with Edith Tidwell. She has been featured in UofL Opera Theatre productions of W.A. Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Despina) and Aaron Copland’s The Tenderland (Laurie).
Susanna Gibbons is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville, studying with Dr. Kent Hatteberg. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of South Carolina in 2012. Prior to moving to Louisville, she taught middle school chorus and was a member of The Cecilia Ensemble, a professional chamber choir specializing in early music. She currently is a member of the Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers at U of L, and is a soprano section leader at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. In her free time, Susanna enjoys discovering new music (choral and otherwise), travelling, and being outdoors.
Anna Rittenhouse is a native of Louisville, KY. She has recently graduated with her Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Louisville. Before attending the University of Louisville she attended duPont Manual High School and was a vocal major at the Youth Performing Arts School. In her time at the University of Louisville she was a member of the Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers. Outside of her studies, Anna is an active member of Sojourn Community Church and is a YoungLife leader. She enjoys reading, journaling, spending time with friends and family, and any type of adventure.
Sarah Tubbesing is a native of Lexington, KY and graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts at Lafayette High School. She received her B.M. in Music Education from the University of Louisville in 2012, studying voice under Professor Edith Tidwell. Upon graduation, she returned to Lexington to teach choir at two local high schools. Sarah has sung with various choral ensembles, including the Kentucky Bach Choir, the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers, and is a soprano section leader in the choir at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville where she is a student of Dr. Kent Hatteberg and Professor Bomi Lee.
Kelly Welding is a Louisville native who began her choral singing activities at an early age. She is an alumna of Sacred Heart Academy and the University of Louisville School of Music. While at U of L, Kelly studied voice with Edith Tidwell and was a member of the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers. In 2010, she received her B.A. in Music with a minor in Business Administration. Outside of school, Kelly has been a cantor at the Church of the Epiphany for 11 years and was an active member of the Choral Arts Society. Currently, Kelly is the Sales Coordinator for the pharmaceutical sales company, US WorldMeds and is also a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Louisville.
Claire Bridges holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Louisville where she studied voice under Dan Weeks and was a member of the Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale and Early Music Ensemble. Claire also serves as a section leader at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church. A member of the folk trio The River Sirens, she enjoys making music with her closest friends. Claire works part-time as a manager at the Mayan Cafe and spends the rest of her time at home with her daughter Celia and her husband, the other Jeff Bridges.
Lydia Cox is a native of Georgetown, KY. After graduating from the University of Louisville in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Music Education, Lydia taught high school choir for 3 years in Jefferson County Public Schools. She returned to U of L as a full-time student in Fall 2014 to pursue a Master’s of Choral Conducting, studying under Dr. Kent Hatteberg and Professor Bomi Lee. She returned to the teaching profession in Fall 2016, and additionally she serves as a section leader at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Outside of work and choral singing, Lydia enjoys listening to Stevie Wonder, being a dog-mom to her border collie mix Melody, and the company of friends and family.
Amy Parker Cuenca is a Kentucky native and a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music where she sang with the Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers. She received her B.M. in Music Education in 2002 and completed her M.A. in Secondary Education from Indiana University in 2009. Amy is a National Board Certified Teacher and taught music in the public school system for twelve years. She is currently the Director of Development for the University of Louisville School of Music as well as the choir director at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY. A frequent performer around the Kentuckiana area, Amy regularly sings the National Anthem at U of L men's basketball games, Louisville Bats games and most recently was a featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra for the Bernstein Mass. In her spare time, Amy enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Carlie Perry received a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Louisville in 2010, studying voice with Edith Davis Tidwell, and graduated with her M.M. in Choral Conducting in 2012 as a student of Kent Hatteberg. Carlie has sung with several choral ensembles, including the University of Louisville Early Music Ensemble, Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers, and was a member of the Louisville Choral Arts Society. She is currently the Performance Manager for Broadway in Louisville and an alto section leader at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. Carlie lives in Louisville with her husband Jeremy, their two pups Heidi and Zooey, and their notoriously crazed green-cheeked conure Petey.
Maggie Schwenker holds an MM in voice performance from the University of North Carolina Greensobro, where she was a student of Levone Tobin Scott. She has performed as a featured soloist with the Louisville Master Chorale, Louisville Chorus, Bourbon Baroque, and the Winston-Salem Symphony, among others. Her most recent stage credits include Le Nozze di Figaro (Marcellina), The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), and The Medium (Baba). Maggie currently lives and sings in Cincinnati with her husband, Dr. Jason Schwenker, and their two cats, Zoie and Jasper.
Emily Smith has a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Louisville where she studied with Edith Davis Tidwell and sang in the Collegiate Chorale and the Cardinal Singers. She has been working at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Louisville for 10 years as the alto section leader and director of the Junior Choir. In addition to performing choral music, Emily enjoys singing and playing folk and bluegrass music with her dear friends in the local trio The River Sirens and with her husband Barry in their duo Wind and Pine. She also loves cooking, yoga, lake swimming, and, most of all, caring for her two sweet little ones, Leo (3) and Zora (1).
Rob Carlson began his musical career at the age of 12 as a member of the Chautauqua Children's Chorale. In 2011, Rob earned his B. A. in Voice from the University of Louisville where he had the distinct pleasure of singing with the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers and Collegiate Chorale. Currently, Rob is in his final year pursuing his M. A. in Political Science at The University of Louisville. In addition to maintaining his position as Tenor Section Leader at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Harrods Creek, Kentucky, Rob enjoys performing with many local ensembles including Bourbon Baroque, the Louisville Orchestra, and various church choirs throughout Louisville. In addition to singing, Rob enjoys traveling, fine dining, and being politically active.
Seon Hwan Chu, a native of Korea, is currently a junior pursuing his degree in Music Education at the University of Louisville. Prior to following his passion in music, he completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is grateful to be a member of the Louisville Chamber Choir and Cardinal Singers, and also enjoys playing clarinet and recorders aside from choral singing. Outside of school, he is singing as cantor at St. Aloysius in Pewee Valley and St. Patrick.
Josh Hamilton is a native of Lexington, Kentucky and has been involved with various music ensembles since the age of 13. Josh attended the University of Louisville where he received his B.M. in Music Education and his M.M. in Choral Conducting while studying with Kent Hatteberg. During his time at U of L, Josh was a member of the University’s Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers. Through membership in these ensembles, he was afforded the great opportunity to perform throughout the United States and the world. In addition to his love of choral singing, Josh is an active conductor and music educator. Josh currently as the choir director at Rowan County Middle and High Schools in Morehead, Kentucky. Additionally, Josh serves as the music and choir director for Providence Christian Church in Nicholasville, Kentucky.
Micah Lamb is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba and received his B.M. degree in Vocal Performance from Concordia College where he sang in the Concordia Choir under René Clausen. Micah continued his studies at McGill University in Montréal where he earned a M.M. in vocal performance and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. In 2015, he received his D.M.A. from Indiana University. He has sung regularly with groups such as Viva Voce and Le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal as well as Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque. As a soloist, Micah has sung roles in operas by Handel, Rameau, and Monteverdi, the evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion, as well as Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Micah currently resides in Bloomington, IN with his wife Alexandra and their sons Etienne and Emile.
Justin Romney is in his ninth year of teaching choir in public schools; he is currently the head of the choral department at South Oldham High School. He is also in his tenth year as the choir director for the choir of the German-American Club of Louisville. Justin earned his B.M. in Music Education and M.M. in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville and sang with the prestigious Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers each year there as a student. With his high school ensembles he has traveled to various destinations across the eastern United States and participated in concerts and festivals where his choirs consistently receive top honors. Justin is also a staff members with the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music European Tour every two years. Justin is married to Monica (12 beautiful years!) and has two sons: Eli and Enoch.
Geoff Wallace, an alumnus of the University of Louisville, graduated with a B.A. in History and Economics. Despite his formal educational background, he has always been passionate about choral music. While at the University of Louisville, he was heavily involved in both the Collegiate Chorale and the Cardinal singers. He has performed with other local groups, such as Choral Arts Society, Bourbon Baroque, and church choirs in the area. He is currently working as a Web Designer at Humana.
Fowler Black is a native of Paducah, Kentucky and is currently in his 12th year as Sales Director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau. Fowler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Southern Studies from University of Mississippi. He has sung with the Ole Miss Concert Singers under Dr. Jerry Jordan, the ADCA Music in Worship Choir under John Rutter, and was a finalist with Chanticleer. Periodically, he also sings with Blue Ten - an all-male vocal ensemble from the University of Mississippi. Fowler is excited to be a part of the Louisville Chamber Choir along side his wife, Emily.
Austin Echols is a pianist, organist, and conductor from Louisville, KY. Austin is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he studied both Music and Religious Studies. He is currently the Organist and Music Associate at Highland Baptist Church of Louisville. Aside from his passion for church music, Austin accompanies for numerous school choirs as well as workshops, reading sessions, honor choirs, and All-State choirs for the American Choral Directors Association. As an honorary member of the Black Classical Artists of Louisville, Austin participates regularly in concerts focusing on the American Spiritual genre. Austin is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists, and serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Louisville Chamber Choir.
Jacob Hein is a pianist/organist and conductor from Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. In the past, he has served as a section leader at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, and was the head accompanist at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church. He currently serves as the Director of Music at St. Martha Catholic Church in Louisville, Ky. In addition to church work, Jacob frequently accompanies at local and state high school festivals and concerts. While at the University of Louisville, he was heavily involved in choral singing while being a member of the Collegiate Chorale, the Cardinal Singers, and The Choral Arts Society. He studied voice with Donn Everett Graham.
Kyle King is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School at DuPont Manual High School. He is in his sophomore year at the University of Louisville, where he is currently pursuing a B.M. in Vocal Performance. At the university, Kyle is involved in Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale, and the Opera Theatre program, and he studies with Professor Chad Sloan. This spring, he will be featured as Sarastro in the Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Outside of the university, he has worked with the Kentucky Opera Chorus and Thompson Street Opera Company. He serves as a bass section leader at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. When he is not singing, Kyle enjoys photography, baking, writing music, and playing with his dogs Ruby and Gracie.
Peter Lovett holds a B.M. in Music Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, a M.M. in Choral Conducting, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville. Peter has sung with the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale, The Concordia Choir, Dale Warland Singers, Chanson, the Choral Arts Society of Louisville, and was a finalist with Chanticleer. Currently, Peter is attending the University of Louisville Brandis School of Law and produces and edits recordings for choral ensembles including Cardinal Singers, Jamestown College Choir, and The Concordia Choir. Peter lives in Louisville with his wife, Jamie, their son, Alec, and their two dogs, Dorothy, and Yogi.
Phillip Morgan is a native of Henderson, Kentucky and currently pursing his B.M. in Vocal Performance at the University of Louisville where he studies with Daniel Weeks. While at U of L, Phillip has been featured in the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and as Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In addition to his past performances with the U of L Opera Theatre, Phillip has been a featured artist with the Kentucky Opera and has presented numerous, highly-regarded solo recitals in the Bellarmine University’s “Why Just In February?” Concert Series. Phillip has sung with the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale, Cardinal Singers, and the Choral Arts Society of Louisville. Phillip is the Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church.
Jim Rittenhouse is a native of Virginia Beach, VA, but has called Louisville home since 1991 after receiving the Master of Church Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from Southern Seminary. Jim has been a featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, the Blanche Moyse Chorale (Vermont), Bourbon Baroque Ensemble, and Ars Femina, with whom he premiered the performance of Caccini’s La Liberazione di Riggiero in the title role. He sang many performances as soloist and choral member of the Louisville Choral Arts Society, and was a founding member and interim director of Coro Favoriti. Jim is Associate Director of Music at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Louisville, and is owner of McKinney Speakers, a speakers and talent bureau. He and his wife, Janet, reside in Louisville and have two beautiful daughters, Katie and Anna.