Meet the Consonare Team 

Collaboration with ECSU Chorale

Consonare Choral Community is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit choral arts organization that was founded in 2018 to build community through choral music in Connecticut. 

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Consonare Artistic Leadership:

Sarah Kaufold, Artistic Director

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Sarah Kaufold is an experienced conductor, singer, and music educator who strives to interweave the teaching of vocal pedagogy into the choral experience and advocates for inclusion in choral music.  With a supportive group of musicians, Sarah embarked on the creation of Consonare Choral Community in 2018 to build community through choral music in Connecticut, where she directs Choir MatrixVoices of Concinnity, and Consonare Community Choir, in addition to managing the nonprofit organization.  In the last two years, she has secured six grants for Consonare and received two state grants as an individual artist, even while coping with three teenagers during a pandemic.


With extensive choral conducting and leadership 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 choral and general music classes, collegiate choirs, adult community programs, and professional vocal ensemble.  Sarah holds a M.M. in Choral Conducting from UConn with extensive graduate study in choral conducting from Cal State University, Los Angeles and B.A. in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona where she also began her studies as a music educator.  

Sarah has taught graduate choral literature courses and choral conducting. She currently sings with two professional chamber choirs, Collegium Ancora and Alchemy, and conducts operas for fun.  Learn more about Sarah at

Grace Carver, Youth Chorus Director

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Grace Carver graduate from the University of Connecticut, holding a B.A. in Music, a B.S. in Music Education, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Performer's Certificate. 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. She held the position of music director at the Newington Children’s Theater Company. A singer and performer, she is thrilled to be returning to Consonare and can’t wait to create beautiful music with the young musicians of the Youth Chorus!

Janice Castle, Collaborative Piano


Consonare Board of Directors:

Kara Hart

Board President

Attorney of Immigration and Naturalization Law

Helene Marcy


Program Manager, UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health

Dr. Mark Boyer


Executive Director at International Studies Association, UConn Distinguished Professor

Dr. Louisa Baker

Consonare Youth Chorus (parent) Representative

UConn Psychology professor, Clinician

Jermaine Woodard, Jr.*

Voices of Concinnity Singer Representative

Professional Singer

Cynthia Myers

Choir Matrix Singer Representative

Retired English Professor

Theresa Cooper

Consonare Community Choir Singer Representative

Retired Music Educator

*to be confirmed July 2022

Consonare Leadship:

Sarah Kaufold

Executive Director


Consonare Choral Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered with the IRS