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Randy Spitzer
Artistic Director

Randy Spitzer served as the chairman of the board of directors of Cora Voce from 2003 until 2006. In the fall of 2006 he was named the artistic and executive director. Mr. Spitzer is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU.) where he was a frequent performer in musical and children's theater, sang in the Choir of the West and studied conducting under Dr. Maurice Skones.
 

Randy taught public school choral music in Federal Way, Colville and Spokane, Washington. While doing so, he served as President of the Eastern Washington Music Educators Association and Vice President of Washington Music Educators Association. Mr. Spitzer has also been a featured baritone soloist with various choirs (including Cora Voce), orchestras, opera companies and musical theater groups.

The son of a choral conductor, Randy was given his first opportunity to conduct the school orchestra at his sixth grade graduation ceremony. Mr. Spitzer accepted his first paid conducting position as a church choir director in nearby Puyallup, Washington while still a student at PLU. Since that time, Mr. Spitzer has remained an active church musician, serving as soloist, liturgist and choir director for a number of congregations in the Pacific Northwest.

 



Danete O'Neal
Accompanist/Pianist

A highly regarded pianist who accompanies vocalists, instrumentalists and choirs extensively throughout the Puget Sound region, she is also currently the accompanist and organist at Normandy Park Congregational Church in Des Moines.

A native of Washington, Danete began playing the piano at age five. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor's of Music degree in Piano Performance. At the University, she studied piano with Ford Hill and vocal and instrumental instruction with Dr. Robert Scandrett and Dr. Mary Terry Smith. She also served as organist, accompanist, and bell choir director for the First Presbyterian Church in Bellingham, and was guest pianist and accompanist for the New Whatcom Choral Society.

In the past many years, her accompanist credits have ranged far and wide. They include accompanying the Gilbert & Sullivan Society in Thurston County, serving as guest pianist/accompanist for the Samish Music Festival, frequently accompanying soloists and instrumentalists for Music Educators National Conferences, as guest soloist and accompanist for several chapters of the Washington State Music Teachers Association as well as many other performing artists and organizations.

Danete has been accompanist for The Boeing Employees Choir since 1992 and has traveled with the choir on several international tours and is featured on their CD recordings. She irecently retired from The Boeing Company where she was an engineering analyst. When not at the keyboard, she enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, and spending time with her family.

 


Jon Lackey
Tenor/Vocal Coach

Mr. Lackey garners international acclaim for his appearances both on the solo recital stage and as a concert soloist with symphony orchestras. His distinctive voice is a unique blend of both a helden and lyric tenor - a combination that has lead critics to refer to Mr. Lackey's voice as having both "penetrating power" and "focused lyricism". Mr. Lackeys' vocal prowess is due in great part to his study of the bel canto singing technique with his master teacher, Ilse Metternich, in Munich, Germany.

Mr. Lackey has sung countless performances internationally, many of which have been broadcast live to millions around the world by the BBC, Radio France, WGMS Radio in Washington, D.C., and PBS Television. He has sung for U.S. Presidents, foreign heads of state, ambassadors, and royalty. Mr. Lackey had the rare privilege of residing for a year with the Richard Strauss Family in Munich, Germany, and resided in Paris, France for a year while studying with the internationally acclaimed baritone, Gérard Souzay. In recognition of Mr. Lackey's remarkable abilities as a performer and his demonstrated interest in the French culture, the Government of France sponsored his residency during the annual international summer music festival at the Maurice Ravel Academy in St. Jean-de-Luz, France.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Mr. Lackey began his music studies at the age of ten and by the age of sixteen made his public debut as a tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance on scholarship from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and did graduate music studies at both the University of Washington in Seattle and at Kent State University in Akron, Ohio.

Included among the many honors received by Mr. Lackey throughout his career was being the Top National Finalist in the prestigious National Federation of Music Clubs Voice Competition, scoring above all of the nearly 300 classically trained singers from throughout the United States.

Mr. Lackey's extensive music career has included a full-time position as tenor soloist with the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C., and positions as resident tenor soloist for prominent church congregations in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Paris, France. He has appeared as a guest artist with numerous symphony orchestras including L'Orchestre de Bordeaux, the Seattle Symphony, the Tacoma Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, the Williamsburg Symphonia, and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. Mr. Lackey has appeared on stage in numerous prominent concert halls and recital stages including Salle Gaveau in Paris, France, the Hollywood Bowl, the Grand Ol' Opry, and Constitution Hall.

In addition to performing, Mr. Lackey is active as a voice teacher and guest lecturer. He taught for ten years on the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College and in his private studio. He was formerly on the music faculty of Pacific Lutheran University and taught music courses as a guest lecturer at the American College in Paris. Mr. Lackey is also currently the Minister of Music at Peace Lutheran Church in West Seattle.

 


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