Our Director, Jordan Saul

Jordan Saul joined Medina Chorus as Musical Conductor in August 2018. She brings to the ensemble an abundance of enthusiasm, education and experience in conducting vocal music. She challenges our singers with spirited humor while always encouraging excellence.

Jordan has studied with pedagogues and conductors across the country and has sung under the direction of countless well-known conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Solonen and Simon Rattle.

Originally from Arizona, Ms. Saul earned her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from the University of Arizona. She then graduated from Westminster Choir College, earning a Master of Music degree with honors. There she studied with Joe Miller, James Jordan, Amanda Quist, Andrew Megill and Christopher Arneson. Ms. Saul served for several years as associate director of choral studies and professor of music education at the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace. She recently joined the faculty of the School of Music at The Ohio State University where she is a Lecturer in Choral Music Education and is completing doctoral studies.

 

Our Accompanist, Cathy Fafrak

Cathy Fafrak is a cum laude graduate of Capital University’s Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano, organ, voice, chamber music and accompanying.

After Graduation, she accompanied many vocal and instrumental groups at Capital University, The Ohio State University, and elsewhere throughout the greater Central Ohio area. Miss Fafrak currently serves as the organist at the United Church of Christ, Congregational, on Medina’s Square.

Our Assistant Director, Julia Zanella

A graduate of Medina City Schools and the Medina Musical Bees, Julia Zanella is so proud of this inspiring musical family created by the community in which she grew up. Julia received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music in 2014. She holds three levels of professional certification in early childhood and elementary music education through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.

Julia is a founding member of the Ohio Chapter for the Gordon Institute of Music Learning, and currently serves as their Chapter President. Julia began teaching elementary music and choir in Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools in 2014 and has been teaching in North Ridgeville City Schools since 2017. Julia also runs an early childhood music program for ages 0-5, called MusicPlay, in Berea.