Sarah Kaufold, Founding and Artistic Director
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: children and adult church choral programs, 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 this organization, 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 California 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, Director of the Consonare Youth Scholars
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
Grace Carver, Director of the Consonare Youth Choirs
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!