Sam Brukhman,
Artistic Director

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Sam Brukhman enjoys a career as an entrepreneur and conductor. Sam was the former founder of the Vox Mousai Women's Choir, a collegiate women's choir focused on the exploration and performance of women's repertoire. Within 3 years of it's founding at Westminster Choir College, the choir grew from 12 to 55 members. Under Sam's artistic direction, the choir collaborated with such artists as the Princeton Girlchoir, Paul Mealor,  Mitos Andaya, and Ola Gjeilo. The choir premiered works by award-winning composer Alexander Leon, Ola Gjeilo, Emily Vite, and Michael Smith. During their December 2014 concert, Tundra, the Vox Mousai Women's Choir was joined by Ola Gjeilo to accompany his music in performance.

A popular artist with Princeton, NJ audiences and university faculty at Westminster Choir College, Brukhman's music was described as "greatly spiritual" with a "diverse repertoire that is supported by a beautiful tone."

In 2013, Sam served as an assistant conductor of the Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley under Festival Del Sole. There, he was also the principal Russian translator for the Russian National Orchestra and led sectionals with Orchestra Institute students under the direction of principal instrumentalists in the Russian National Orchestra. He worked with such artists as Martin West, Ming Luke, Aleksei Bruni, Vladislav Lavrik, and Maxim Rubtsov. 

During Theatre Aspen's 29th season in 2012, Brukhman served as the associate music director of the Theatre Aspen School Conservatory's show, All Shook Up. He was the assistant to artistic director, Paige Price, and assisted her with musical tasks throughout the season.

Sam was selected as a 2015 semi-finalist for the National ACDA Conducting Competition in Salt Lake City.

Sam received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and currently teaches at Brown Middle School in Forney, TX.

 

Lauren Stroh,
External Relations Officer

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Active as a professional chorister and soloist based in Dallas, Texas, Lauren Stroh specializes in early music and collaborates with several renowned choral ensembles and musicians such as Dallas Bach Society, Austin Baroque Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Palestrina Singers at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of Dallas, and of course, Verdigris! Notable recent performances include the Boston Early Music Festival, the Collegiate Choral Organization in Portland, Oregon, performances in Houston and Dallas with Orpheus Chamber Singers and Ars Lyrica, and Vox Peregrini's 2017 tour to Ireland. 

Currently, Lauren sing for Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church as the soprano section leader. She also works as a music teacher at Park Cities Baptist Church and accompanies children's choirs at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Additionally, Lauren provides vocal coaching for actors and singer-songwriters in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. In February of this year, she provided vocal coaching for actors on USA Network's third season of "Queen of the South." Lauren also enjoys creating, producing, and directing classical music videos in collaboration with filmmaker Peter Koutsegeorgas. 

For the past two years, Lauren was in charge of overseeing a vibrant chorister training program as Director of Children’s Choirs for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of McKinney, where she administered a Royal School of Church Music curriculum as well as directing and singing with the St. Peter's Schola Cantorum. Lauren enjoys musical composition, and recently completed a cycle of psalm meditations for soloists and choir. 

In addition to her musical pursuits, Lauren is working toward a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling with a focus on play therapy and healing through the arts. She graduated in 2011 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in organ performance.