UCC Advisory Board
The UCC Advisory Board is appointed by and meets with the conductor to consult on organizational matters and to set chorus policies. The director and section shepherds make up the core of the board. Others may be appointed as well.
Gary Anderson has sung with the UCC since 2001. A transplant from Nebraska, and farm kid at heart, Gary now enjoys life in a ‘college town,’ putting his MPA and MBA degrees to work with Bourn Companies in Tucson. Gary also sings with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and has sung with the University of Nebraska Varsity Men’s Glee Club, along with various church choirs. Singing with the UCC is one of Gary’s favorite ways of leaving the concerns of work, class, and life behind to focus solely on making good music.
Korie Birkholz is a Tucson native and a recent graduate of the University of Arizona School of Music. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education and spends her time singing with the University Community Chorus and The Helios Ensemble. Korie is a member of the board of directors in both choirs, serving as an assistant director for the Helios Ensemble. Having sung for most of her life, Korie is an avid supporter of arts in the community. Korie looks forward to continuing to serve the community and participating in choral singing for many years to come.
Sean Gellenbeck has been singing in choirs since he was 11 years old. His passion for music carried him through all four years of his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering, serving as the UA Symphonic Choir president from 2013-2014. Sean sings with the UA Community Chorus and the Helios Ensemble of Tucson as he works toward a master’s degree in systems engineering and serves as a graduate research assistant on the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. In any precious free time available, he enjoys a variety of hobbies including hiking, astronomy, coin collecting, and, of course, singing!
Carrie Landau has been a member of the UCC since 1995. A native Tucsonan, she graduated from the UA with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her nursing career has consisted of staff nurse, educator, and manager. Born to a musical family, she enjoys singing and has played the piano, violin, and cello. She enjoys using music to help her hospice patients have a more fulfilling and comfortable life.
A lifelong love of music led Jennifer Rich to study music and sing in honors choirs and ensembles from grade school through college. She now has found a musical home in the UCC, which she joined in 2007. Rich has sung with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Opera Chorale, and she has appeared in several Arizona Opera productions as a chorus member. She also sang with Tucson’s Long Island Sound, a band that performed an eclectic mix of standards, big-band, rock and roll, country-western, folk, and classical music.