Meet our Co-Directors, Alicia and Sky!
Alicia got her musical start in Sweet Adelines at the age of 15, when she and her mom joined the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus together.
After earning her Bachelors in Music Education at SUNY Fredonia, Alicia moved to Arizona where she taught music for 7 years. During that time she was the artistic director of a community chorus, directed two groups for the Cochise children’s choir, was a private voice teacher, music directed several musicals, and performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
In 2010, she earned her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and in 2012 returned to the central New York Area. Currently she is a music educator in the Liverpool Central School District. Since returning to the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus she has taken on active roles including lead section leader and assistant director. She is currently working on completing the Directors program through Sweet Adelines.
Alicia continues to perform as often as she can. She has been hired as a soloist for weddings, FASNY and the Syracuse Chiefs. She sang lead with SoundByte, a Region 16 Champion quartet, and is a member of the Region 15 Education Faculty. She currently sings lead in Illuminate quartet, the 2022 and 2023 Regional Champions. Alicia loves being a part of this amazing organization and is inspired everyday by the hard work and dedication of the women around her. Sharing her knowledge and love of music is something she hopes to continue for the rest of her life.
A professional music educator in the Liverpool Central School District. Sky holds a M.M. in Music Education from Syracuse University, has been a clinician and adjudicator on the East Coast for the past 20 years, and has traveled internationally as both a performer and educator. Sky regularly performs as a soloist and ensemble musician throughout the Central New York area, including with the Syracuse University Oratorio Society.
A second-generation barbershopper, Sky joined the Spirit of Syracuse, singing baritone, in 2006 and has been an active quartetter in Region 15 and 16. She is the founding director of two youth barbershop programs in CNY – Lakeside A cappella Camp, an overnight camp for exploring the best of barbershop and SAYacaFEST, a one-day festival run jointly with the Liverpool CSD. She is the founding director of the men’s BHS chorus, Harmonic Collective, who are Seneca Land District Champions and finished 20th at the 2019 BHS International Chorus Contest.
For her work in music education and the promotion of barbershop amongst the next generation, Sky was the 2015 recipient of the SAI/NAfME Award.
Sky currently serves as Region 15 Coordinator for Young Women In Harmony and a member of the Region 15 Education Faculty. Sky is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Onondaga County Music Educators Association, and the Barbershop Harmony Society.