The Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir staff create a supportive learning environment where all participants feel welcome. Music staff are accomplished musicians and gifted educators who nurture the singers and encourage musical and vocal growth. They teach music literacy, set high standards, instill confidence, and promote self-esteem.
Leslie Britton, Artistic Director and Founding Music Director (contact Leslie)
Leslie Britton is the Artistic Director and the Founding Music Director of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir. She is responsible for developing and implementing the choir’s unique mission that partners musical excellence with commitments to inclusiveness, multiculturalism, diversity, and outreach. Leslie directs the Fourteeners and the Summit Singers, and teaches a conducting class to many of the RMCC’s advanced choir members. Ms. Britton was the former Music Director and conductor for the nationally renowned Chicago Children’s Choir. With thousands of children in its program, the Chicago Children’s Choir is the largest choral performance and training choir of its kind in the nation. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honorary society and the American Choral Director’s Association.
Lisa Cameron, Music Director (contact Lisa)
Lisa Cameron is the current Music Director for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir. Lisa was instrumental in helping RMCC founders audition and select the original music staff, and then joined the staff in 1997. Ms. Cameron has conducted every choir level at RMCC from Montane to Altitude. Her primary responsibilities include fulfilling the Choir’s mission of outreach to the community, and ensuring musical excellence, multiculturalism, diversity, and a nurturing environment throughout RMCC.
Before becoming Music Director, Lisa taught music at Stanley British School for a number of years and was busy raising three daughters, all of whom are in or have graduated from RMCC. She is an active mezzo-soprano and performs in an annual recital. Ms. Cameron received a Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University in 1981 and a Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Children’s and Adolescent Voices from Northwestern University in 1988. While attending Northwestern, she was elected to the music honorary Pi Kappa Lambda.
Jane Ripper, Principal Accompanist
Jane Ripper has been the Principal Accompanist for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir since rehearsals began in 1996.She concurrently serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at Wellshire Presbyterian Church. Ms. Ripper has accompanied concerts and workshops for the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference, vocal and instrumental recitals, master classes, and musical theater productions. Most recently, Jane was a featured artist in the Organ Recital Series at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, the Choristers Guild Festival, and the American Guild of Organists Concert Series.
Ms. Ripper received a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Southern Methodist University where she graduated summa cum laude. Jane was selected for the music honorary Pi Kappa Lambda while attending SMU. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College.
Juliane Dowell, Director of Training Choirs
Juliane Dowell, Director of Training Choirs, graduated from Westminster Choir College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She has since taught music at the primary and secondary levels and has sung with several semi-professional vocal ensembles in the area, including Ars Nova in Boulder and Kantorei in Denver. Juli has recently completed her master’s at Johns Hopkins University, directs the ReSound Children’s Music program at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, and serves as the Children’s Choir Repertoire and Standards chair on the Colorado ACDA board.
Cindy Kraybill, Development and Marketing Director (contact Cindy)
Cindy Kraybill brings experience in education, marketing, and non-profit work to her position as Director of Development and Marketing. She spent many years in various marketing capacities for Storage Technology Corporation and taught for Denver Public Schools. Most recently she was the Director of Development and Donor Relations for Firefly Autism.
She is the mother of two daughters: one at the University of California Berkeley, and another at George Washington High School. She plays various musical instruments including the piano, guitar, dulcimer, clarinet, and accordion!!
Mary O’Neill Christ, Office Manager (contact Mary)
Mary Christ, Office Manager, a long-time RMCC parent, joined the RMCC staff in 2009 conducting the Montane Choirs and now serves as the Office Manager in the choir office, and accompanies the Montane and Timberline choirs at Lowry Elementary. Mary holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pomona College in Claremont, California, with additional studies at the Aspen Music School and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Mary currently sings in Kantorei, at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, and with the women’s ensemble, Impromptu. She has sung in many Denver area choirs and often presents programs to local organizations and retirement communities. Mary has worked in the Public Relations/Development Office at Regis College and with the Higher Education Group, a consulting firm to colleges and universities.
Mercedes Campana, Accompanist
Mercedes Campana is the accompanist and conductor for Mountain Aires. In 2012, she graduated from Humber College in Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. As a Denver native, Mercedes was a member of the RMCC since its very beginning, from 1996-2007. Mercedes enjoys teaching piano, writing songs, and walking her dog. She has been positively delighted to join her lovely mother (Lisa Cameron) on staff at RMCC this year.