About Consonare 

Collaboration with ECSU Chorale

Consonare Choral Community is a nonprofit arts organization created to explore and cultivate a sense of consonance, collaboration, and community through singing together.  "Consonance" is an accord or agreement.  In music, "consonance" is combination of tones we find pleasing, creating a unity of sound.  The word is derived from the Latin word "con-son-are" (to sound together).

Consonare is working to build and cultivate community, primarily for women and children, through inclusive choral music education and performance opportunities at minimal cost, as well as engage the public in quality, collaborative, creative, and affordable choral programming.  We strive to ensure our community programs nurture all levels of singers and our chamber choir performances allow professional level choral music accessible to all through sponsoring the following ensembles:


Mission Statement:    Cultivating consonance and building community through choral music in Connecticut.
Vision Statement:       Consonare Choral Community Incorporated, through sponsorship of several performing ensembles, strives to:

  • create affordable opportunities for musicians and community members to experience quality choral music;

  • explore the practices of consonance and collaboration through creative choral programming;

  • promote an inclusive and intergenerational atmosphere for all singers;

  • nurture the creative potential of every singer through the encouragement of healthy vocal techniques and artistic excellence within the choral setting;

  • enrich the lives of a diverse population of musicians and the greater community through singing.


 Meet our Team 

Collaboration with Thread City Dance


Sarah Kaufold, Founding and Artistic Director of Consonare Choral Community

Sarah Kaufold is an experienced conductor, singer, and music educator who strives to interweave the teaching of vocal pedagogy into the choral experience.  Sarah has directed choirs for singers of all ages, range of abilities, and in a number of settings, which include: church choral programs for children and adults, teaching middle and high school, collegiate choirs, adult community programs, and now at the professional level.  With a supportive group of musicians, Sarah embarked on the creation of Consonare Choral Community, in 2018 to explore building community through choral music, where she directs Choir Matrix and Voices of Concinnity in addition to managing the organization.  Sarah holds a M.M. in Choral Conducting from UConn with extensive graduate study in choral conducting from Cal State University, Los Angeles.  She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona where she also began her studies as a music educator.  She currently sings with two professional chamber choirs, Collegium Ancora and Alchemy.  Learn more about Sarah at sarahkaufold.com


Jack Zaino, Youth Scholars Director

Jack Zaino is a singer, musician, and teacher based in the central Connecticut area.  He has worked with with singers and choirs from preschool age to adult in community, church, and school settings.  Jack especially enjoys teaching young singers and currently is a choral director at Swift Middle School in Oakville, CT.  Jack holds an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction and a B.S. in Music Education from the Neag School of Education.  He is also a graduate of the UConn School of Fine Arts with a B.A. in Music.  Learn more about Jack at jackzaino.com

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Grace Carver, Youth Chorus Director

Grace Carver is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut, holding a B.A. in Music, a B.S. in Music Education, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. During her undergraduate and graduate years at UConn, Grace has had many enriching experiences working with and teaching students from Tolland, Lebanon, Woodstock, Rocky Hill, and Plainfield. Most recently, Grace co-directed and conducted Plainfield High School’s Concert Choir, Chorale, and Chamber Choir. This past summer, she held the position of music director at the Newington Children’s Theater Company. A singer and performer, Grace is returning to UConn this upcoming Fall to complete the Performer’s Certificate program. She is thrilled to be the newest addition to Consonare and can’t wait to create beautiful music with the young musicians of the Youth Chorus!

Janice Castle,

Collaborative Piano

Board of Directors

  • Kara Hart, Board President

  • Sarah Kaufold, Executive Director

  • Helene Marcy, Secretary

  • Dr. Mark Boyer, Treasurer

  • Dr. Louisa Baker

  • Theresa Cooper

  • Cynthia Myers