Director of Advanced Choir
A native of Quincy, MA, Kirsten Oberoi is a passionate music educator, heavily involved in the music community of the South Shore. In 2016, Kirsten co-founded the South Shore Children’s Chorus, and also began as the Choral Director at Ahern Middle School in Foxborough, MA.
As the Director of SSCC’s Advanced Choir, Kirsten aims to create an atmosphere of professionalism and high-quality music-making in rehearsals. In addition, Kirsten works hard to ensure that each student in the Advanced Choir improves weekly in music literacy through sight-singing classes. Kirsten works daily with over 200 students in the choral program at the Ahern Middle School in Foxboro, where she is also building a music literacy curriculum through sight-singing.
Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. Her award-winning compositions are available at www.jwpepper.com. Between 2013 and 2015, Kirsten founded and created several different choral programs for children while living in San Diego, – most notably, the SACRA/PROFANA Summer Choral Intensive. The SCI program, sponsored by San Diego’s only year-round professional choir, SACRA/PROFANA, served 78 students in its first year (2014) and 97 students in its second year including students representing over 35 different high schools and communities.
Other notable choral experiences include conducting the Intermediate Level Choir at San Diego Children’s Choir in 2013-2014, helping to prepare (and performing in) the on-stage chorus for Disney Theatrical’s U.S. Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2014, and singing professional choral performances as a core member of SACRA/PROFANA. Kirsten’s singing voice can be heard on the soundtrack for the live action Beauty and the Beast film released by Walt Disney Pictures in March 2017.
Kirsten believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the South Shore Children’s Chorus, and looks forward to seeing the organization continue to grow!
Director of Intermediate Choir
Originally from Philadelphia, Carey Shunskis is a choral director and soprano based in Boston. She received a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting at Boston University in 2012 and Bachelors of Music degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance from the University of Rhode Island, where she is a guest conductor with the University of Rhode Island Alumni Chorus.
In 2016, Ms. Shunskis co-founded the South Shore Children’s Chorus, an organization offering the highest level of musical literacy and vocal training to students in South Shore communities and beyond. Ms. Shunskis currently directs Intermediate Choir, which will collaborate with Genesis Chamber Singers in March 2018 and with the Quincy Choral Society’s performance of Carmina Burana in May 2018. Ms. Shunskis has directed choirs with the Vienna Boys Choir Summer Music Academy in Hong Kong and is a Teaching Fellow with Boston Children’s Chorus and Director of Children’s Choruses ad interim at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.
In addition to her work as a children’s chorus director, Ms. Shunskis is Music Director of Harvard pro Musica, a community choir for adults and high school students from the western suburbs of Boston. Under her leadership, the ensemble has performed selected cantatas from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Liszt’s Missa choralis, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, and will present Schubert’s Mirjams Siegesgesang in May 2018. She founded the ensemble’s annual Summer Choral Workshop in 2016 to provide community chorus members an opportunity to work with professional vocal pedagogues, singers and conductors from Boston and New York City in clinics, rehearsal, and sectionals culminating in a choral concert.
Ms. Shunskis is the Soprano Choral Scholar at Marsh Chapel, where she has recently performed as soloist in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and Israel in Egypt, BWV 179, 74, and 249, and the world premiere and recording of James Kallembach’s Most Sacred Body of Jesus. Ms. Shunskis is the Director of the Thurman Choir, a non-auditioned community choir at Marsh Chapel. Ms. Shunskis is a member of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and the co-founder of the new vocal chamber ensemble, The Brookline Consort, which performs around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Brookline Consort will collaborate with Virtuoso Soloists to perform a new arrangement of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem in June 2018.
Ms. Shunskis has performed as a soloist and chorus member with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute choirs, the Eccelisa Consort of Providence, Masterworks Chorale, Phoenicia Singers, Weimar Bach Academy, Choralp festival in France, and is a founding member of VOICES 21C. Ms. Shunskis was a core member of the Philadelphia Singers and can be heard on the 2015 album featuring Randall Thompson’s Requiem. Ms. Shunskis will be the soprano soloist in Bach’s Johannes-Passion with Marsh Chapel and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with Quincy Choral Society in the spring of 2018.
Director of Training Choir
Kelly Graeber is a music educator and soprano. Growing up in Quincy, MA, Ms. Graeber began her music career studying piano, singing in school choirs and playing clarinet in the North Quincy High School band. In 1993 she was accepted into the Handel & Haydn Society Vocal Arts Program, an opportunity that would change her path forever. Voice lessons, theory/ ear training and master classes offered there readied her for college study in music.
In 2001, Ms. Graeber completed a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine where she sang the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. While living in Maine, she was a soloist with the Portland Symphony and the Portland Community Chorale.
Continuing her education at the University of Illinois, Ms. Graeber studied voice with the acclaimed soprano Cynthia Haymon. In 2006, she completed a Master of Music in Music Education at The Boston Conservatory and began teaching public school. Ms. Graeber studied Orff-Schulwerk music education at Boston University. In 2009, she visited Budapest on a pedagogy tour to observe music teaching and learning in Hungarian schools that follow the method of Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer, musicologist and music educator. Inspired by the visit, she completed a three-year Certificate program in Kodály teaching with distinction from the Kodály Music Institute in 2014.
Ms. Graeber teaches elementary school general music and chorus at the Morse School in Cambridge, MA. In an era where districts are cutting funding to music, she has expanded the music program, developing a Kodály based program based on frequent music instruction. Students at the Morse School have music classes 3 to 4 times per week. For the past 12 years she has been cantor and choir director at Saint Mary Church in West Quincy.
Equally comfortable on the opera and musical theatre stage, Ms. Graeber sang the roles of Susanna in Marriage of Figaro with Opera by the Bay and Ms. Silverpeal in The Impressario with Mass Theatrica as well as Grace in Annie and Liesl in The Sound of Music with the Cohasset Dramatic Club.
Ms. Graeber lives with her husband and two pre-school aged children in Quincy. When not singing or planning lessons, she enjoys chasing them around, though admittedly looks forward to singing lullabies each night as they drift off to sleep.
She is excited to join the South Shore Children’s Chorus team.
Jeffrey Popadic, enjoys a busy career as a performer and music educator. As a member of the acclaimed Epic Brass Quintet he has toured extensively across the United States. He can be heard performing trumpet with diverse groups such as the Plymouth Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Bedford Symphony, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Boston Lyric Opera, National Lyric Opera, Alea III, Innovata Brass and in theatre venues. Jeffrey has performed with the Monadnock Music Festival and the Great Waters Music Festival. As a soloist he has appeared with the Civic Symphony of Boston.
As an educator, Jeffrey teaches music in the Rockland, MA Public Schools. There he teaches general music and leads choruses at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Other teaching appointments have included the Mansfield, MA Public Schools; masterclasses at Sharon High School; Boston University; University of Massachusetts, Boston; the Indian Hill School of Music; Groton School; Epic Brass Summer Institute; as well as a private studio. Jeffrey has performed hundreds of educational concerts and has appeared as a clinician in masterclasses at high schools and colleges throughout the country.
Jeffrey holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Boston University, where he studied with the late Boston Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Roger Voisin and members of the Empire Brass Quintet.
Lynn Salmonsen, piano has extensive experience as an accompanist and chamber musician in the Boston area. She has traveled to Europe as pianist and organist with the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols Upper School Chorus and has performed in Oregon with the Britt Festival Orchestra.
Ms Salmonsen has been the pianist for the Handel & Haydn Society Youth Choruses, Director of the Mount Ida College Choir and accompanist for Hanover, Quincy and Belmont High Schools. Previously she directed and accompanied the choral and instrumental ensembles at The Woodward School. Currently she is the Music Director and Organist at East Congregational Church in Milton, and the Artistic Director for the Milton Young Musicians Festivals, and also maintains a private teaching studio in Quincy.
Ms. Salmonsen holds an Artist’s Diploma in Chamber Music from the Longy School of Music, a B.M. in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Hartt School of Music and has completed additional graduate coursework at Boston University School of Fine Arts. She has studied with Luis Battle, Walter Trampler and Leslie Parnas, and performed with the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont.