Our Staff

The people that make things happen

Dr. Sonja Sepulveda, Artistic Director

Joined our staff as Artistic Director in June 2015. She is proud to continue the high level of musicianship that Barbara C. Beattie, Founding Artistic Director of the WSYC started 22 years ago.

In addition to her role with the WSYC, she is also the Director of Choral Activities and teacher of Theory at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and conducts the Salem Chamber Choir, Chorale, and SuperTonix.  She came to Salem following positions at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Georgia. Graduating from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees, Sonja Sepúlveda earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina where she directed the Renaissance Singers and Carolina Alive. Her choirs have toured Europe, Mexico, and Canada and have performed for the National Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Southern Division ACDA, and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). She conducted, as well sang choral parts for the ABC mini-series, North and South. Sonja Sepúlveda sang with the Robert Shaw Festival Chorus for eight years. In 2006, she founded the Palmetto Voices, a choir of alumni students and current students. The choir strives to preserve the legacy of the Spiritual and sang at Southern ACDA in 2012, National ACDA, Dallas, Texas, 2013 plus Alabama ACDA in 2014.  In the summer of 2013 the Salem College Choirs were chosen for the Aegean Festival in Greece and sang the Verdi Requiem, televised concerts of opera choruses and solo concerts.  In June 2015, Dr. Sepulveda’s choirs were invited to sing the Vivaldi Magnificat in Florence, Italy where Dr. Sepúlveda conducted this work combined with two other university choruses and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina.

Lauren Thayer Winkelman, Accompanist

lauren-winkelmanA versatile performer, pianist Lauren Winkelman has appeared as both soloist and collaborator with orchestras, chamber music groups, instrumental soloists, and singers. She was educated at Baldwin-Wallace College (B.M., piano) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M., accompanying) where she received the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Award for Accompanying. Her primary teachers have included Anne Epperson, Anita Pontremoli, and George Cherry; and she has held staff accompanying positions at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Killington Music Festival. As a freelance pianist in the Winston-Salem area, she has performed with UNCSA faculty, the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players, and the Winston Salem Youth Chorus. Mrs. Winkelman also has an avid interest in sacred music and is an active church musician, serving as the Music Ministry Associate and Organist at Knollwood Baptist Church.

Chris Duffer, Chorus Manager/Bookkeeper

Chris started her tenure with the chorus as an active parent volunteer and her strengths coupled with her desire to see the chorus succeed are what drew her into the WSYC position she has held for over six years. Chris has worked with youth from preschool through high school in many volunteer capacities from teaching, youth groups, arts organizations and scouting. Helping youth reach their full potential has been her passion in life. She has extensive office management and bookkeeping skills, having served as Administrative Assistant in charge of Pilot Payroll at Leisure Air, Lab Technician at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and Billing/Inventory Clerk at Vol T. Blacknall Company, among other positions.

Upcoming Events

May
5
Sat
2018
7:30 pm Mathias Concert at Salem College @ Salem Fine Arts Center
Mathias Concert at Salem College @ Salem Fine Arts Center
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Guest conductor Anton Armstrong will be directing as a part of the Salem College Mathias Concert. Members of the Touring Chorus, Young Men and Young Women’s ensembles will be performing along with the Salem College[...]
May
8
Tue
2018
7:00 pm Salemtowne concert @ Salemtowne Retirement Community
Salemtowne concert @ Salemtowne Retirement Community
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Touring Chorus will be performing a concert for the residents of Salemtowne Retirement Community.
Jun
22
Fri
2018
7:00 pm Whole Notes Auction & Gala @ Wake Forest Biotech Place
Whole Notes Auction & Gala @ Wake Forest Biotech Place
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Whole Notes Auction & Gala @ Wake Forest Biotech Place | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Includes general table seating for small plates dinner, drink tickets, bid number
Jun
23
Sat
2018
12:30 pm Whole Notes Captain’s Choice Gol... @ Salem Glen Golf & Country Club
Whole Notes Captain’s Choice Gol... @ Salem Glen Golf & Country Club
Jun 23 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Whole Notes Captain's Choice Golf Tournament @ Salem Glen Golf & Country Club | Clemmons | North Carolina | United States
Individual Registration – $70, Foursome – $250 includes range balls, green fee and cart, box lunch, prizes