Susan Blackman co-founded Urban Sky Consort, a chamber ensemble focusing on music written by women from the 12th century German abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen, to Barbara Strozzi of 17th century Italy. She is Managing Director of Prime Stage Theatre, Network Catalyst for Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, Grants Coordinator at Women & Girls Foundation, and currently sings with Renaissance City Choirs in Pittsburgh, PA.
Eva Rainforth, has sung with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Pittburgh Opera, The Mendelssohn Choir, River City Brass Band, and The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. Currently, she is on the adjunct music staff at Point Park University. Eva is also a songwriter, and has organized some of her songs into a cabaret show called “Me, Myself, and Others.” She’s a graduate of Fredonia State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance, and has the highest level of certification in SomaticVoicework(™).
Katy Shackleton Williams has performed extensively in the Pittsburgh area with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.
Katy is on the adjunct music staff of Point Park University and Washington and Jefferson College. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland, and the vocal artist in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt Lebanon. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance.
Jeffry Blake Johnson has performed professionally as a singer, actor, pianist, harpsichordist, organist and conductor for over 30 years. Johnson currently serves as Artistic Director for the Renaissance City Choir, Western Pennsylvania’s only LGBTQA chorus. He also is on the voice and piano faculty of Washington & Jefferson College as an Adjunct Instructor.
He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from West Virginia University in 2010, the Master of Music degree in vocal accompanying and harpsichord performance from Boston University in 1989, and the Bachelor of Science degree in piano and voice performance from William Jewell College in 1982.
Greg Siegle is a multi-instrumentalist on the MindZEye label who blends ancient melodies with modern acoustic and electronic stylings. His critically acclaimed solo CD, Vessels, contains avant-garde instrumental versions of well-known Jewish prayers and is available on CD Baby and Oysongs. Greg plays with the ensemble Kol Hakavanah and also in the weekly Levy Hall Minyan at Temple Rodef Shalom, in Pittsburgh.
Sara earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University. She has worked with youth-at-risk in both Pittsburgh and New York, taught and directed theatre in multiple settings and worked as a therapist with adult mentally ill patients as well as seniors.
Todd Farwell has an extensive sacred music background, having grown up in a musical family full of church singers. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. He has performed service music at countless churches in numerous denominations in the Pittsburgh area, and currently serves as the bass section leader at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Todd is very happy to be with the Tikkun Singers. He contributed to the CDs “Kavanot,” “Kumi Ori,” and now, “Be Still and Know.”