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.
Consonare Artistic Leadership:
Sarah Kaufold, 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 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 Matrix, Voices 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 sarahkaufold.com
Grace Carver, Youth Chorus Director
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:
Attorney of Immigration and Naturalization Law
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
Choir Matrix Singer Representative
Retired English Professor
Consonare Community Choir Singer Representative
Retired Music Educator
*to be confirmed July 2022
Consonare Choral Community is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered with the IRS