Jason Alexander Holmes is a music educator and performer from Ridgeway, VA and currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Boychoir, the director Cincinnati's MLK Chorale, and the Associate Musician for Children and Youth at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. Before coming to Cincinnati, he was Director of Educational Programming at the Boston Children’s Chorus. Prior to his time in Boston, Jason taught music at the elementary and secondary levels. He also led the University of Rochester Gospel Choir and the Eastman Young Children’s Chorus. Jason holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College.
Choirs under Jason’s direction are consistently praised for their energetic, unified tone and engaging performance. He is known for innovative programming which celebrates the cultural context while encouraging singers and audiences alike to stretch their awareness by living in many different musical worlds. Pedagogically, Jason is committed to implementing culturally responsive practices in music education. He has given workshops and conferences sessions on this topic at professional development seminars, schools, and conferences.
At the core of Jason’s teaching and performing is the belief that we are all expressive and musical beings who deserve to witness and participate regularly in moments of truth and beauty.
Lisa Peters is a graduate of Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York where she received a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral and Vocal Music. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education with Music Emphasis from Xavier University. Originally from the state of Vermont, Ms. Peters taught high school choir in the Cincinnati area for 30 years, first at Amelia High School and then at Walnut Hills High School until her retirement in 2013. Her high school choirs consistently received superior ratings at OMEA contests and performed with many prestigious organizations in Cincinnati including the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras, the University of Cincinnati CCM Choirs and the Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Upon retirement from Walnut Hills High School, Ms. Peters held the position of adjunct choral director at Mount Saint Joseph University for three years. In addition to her positions as a school music educator and choral conductor, Ms. Peters has taught voice privately for the Northern Kentucky University Preparatory Department and the Mount Saint Joseph Music Academy. She also held the position of Children’s Chorusmaster for the Cincinnati Opera for a number of seasons. Over the years, Ms. Peters has sung with numerous groups here in Cincinnati including the Cincinnati Opera Chorus, Cincinnati Camerata, and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. She presently sings alto with the Cincinnati Choral Society where she is also a member of the Board. Ms. Peters is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America and the VoiceCare Network.
Patrick Apfelbeck is a musician and event organizer who has been focused on operating shows in the midwest DIY scene for the last 10 years. As a touring drummer and electronic artist, he has planned and executed extensive tours for his projects, as well as assembled and ran countless shows for musicians touring through the greater Cincinnati area.
As Program Coordinator, he strives to facilitate the same high level of performer enthusiasm and audience engagement. He believes that with love for the craft (for the art and the event), clear and open communication, and consistent encouragement, any performance, rehearsal routine, or tour can be very successful with maximum fun and minimal stress.
He was drawn to the Boychoir for the opportunity to engage with musicians at a very passionate and formative age, his goal being to help provide a great performing experience for the boys that will develop and reinforce the joy of playing music for others. He is extremely driven towards this end, as instilling this passion at a young age helps build confidence in both the boys' craft and their desire to share it with the world.
When he is not at the Boychoir he is writing, recording and performing music with his groups (including but not limited to) Fruit LoOops, Lashes, Blood Chill, Hissing TIles, Annihilation, and Fourth Wife.
Stacey Devlin joined the Cincinnati Boychoir staff in July 2019 shortly after her son, Ryan, graduated from high school and left the Boychoir holding the honor of it's longest running singer (10 years!)
Stacey's professional background includes years of experience in accounting and financial management roles, including senior manager, financial consultant and Chief Financial Officer. Coupled with her experience as a long-running Boychoir parent, Stacey is an extremely valuable member of the Boychoir's core administrative staff.
Hannah Holderby is an arts admin professional born and raised in the Cincinnati arts scene. She graduated from the University of Evansville in 2021 with a BS in Theatre Management and a minor in Business Administration. While there, she ran the Ticket Office for two years and worked in the Theatre Department offices. After returning home to Cincinnati, she spent two years as the Executive Assistant to the C-Suite at the Educational Theatre Association and the Development Associate for the Young Professionals Choral Collective. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter of Cincinnati.
In her free time, Hannah can be found spending time with family, listening to Taylor Swift, watching every NFL game (who dey!), and working mornings as a supervisor at Biggby Coffee.