Bryan Sable, Assistant Conductor and Tenor Faculty Member
Bryan Sable graduated cum laude with a BA in Music Education from West Liberty State College where he studied piano with David Zapka, and composition with Dr. Kenneth Mahy. Sable also holds a M.Ed. in Administration, K-12, from California University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Professional Core of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for four years, and is thrilled to be back as the Assistant Conductor of Junior Mendelssohn for his second season with the group!
Sable serves as a faculty member at City Charter High School, a highly successful urban charter school in the Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh. There, he teaches Introduction to Music, World Music Drumming, Guitar, Piano, and Chorus. Prior to City Charter High School, Bryan served the Ohio County School District in Wheeling, WV, as an elementary and middle school music teacher.
Sable served as Music Director at Christ United Methodist Church, Wheeling, and is currently the Music Assistant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Lebanon.
Nancy Klimcheck, Soprano Faculty Member
Nancy M. Klimcheck is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Education. She is a Pittsburgh Concert Society Award winner, toured Europe with W.V.U. ‘s Collegium Musicum and with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and made her Pittsburgh Symphony debut in 2005 as the Soprano soloist in Haydn’s Mass in Time of War. She and her husband, Bruce, sang in Marvin Hamlisch’s Music Man production at Heinz Hall, featuring Shirley Jones, in October of last year. Nancy played the role of Eulalie Mackecknie Shin.
Nancy has been a member of the Professional Core of the Mendelssohn Choir for seventeen years. When she was sixteen, she was the youngest auditioned member of the choir prior to the creation of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir. She has also been a teaching staff member of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir for nine years.
Nancy currently teaches private lessons in her home studio and at Washington & Jefferson College, and teaches the Advanced Voice class at Point Park University‘s Summer sessions.
Katy Shackleton Williams, Alto Faculty Member
Katy Shackleton Williams has gained local popularity with her involvement in the Mendelssohn Choir, Pittsburgh Symphony, River City Brass Band and Pittsburgh Opera. Ms. Williams has been a featured soloist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops concert series and Fiddlesticks Concerts many times, and she made her Pittsburgh Symphony Mellon Grand Classics debut in September 2005. She has toured with the River City Brass Band as a featured soloist in their concerts. She was a soloist in the Heinz Hall performance of The Lord of the Rings, and has performed with the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Operatic roles include ‘Adele’ in Die Fledermaus, ‘First Mother’ in Dead Man Walking, ‘Love’ in Orfeo and Eurydice and ‘Barbarina’ in The Marriage of Figaro. Notable solo engagements include performances of the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, Handel Messiah, Bach St. John’s Passion, and Cantatas 74, 51 and 202, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, Barber Prayers of Kirkegaard, Holst Christmas Day, Archer, Brahms, Durufle, Faure, Mozart and Rutter Requiem, and Poulenc, Rutter and Vivaldi Gloria.
Ms. Williams has recorded Leonardo Balada’s Encenas Borracones with New World Records and his La Muerte de Colon under the Naxos label. Currently, she is a member of the professional core for the Mendelssohn Choir, chorister in Pittsburgh Opera and a staff member of the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir. She is the soprano soloist at Rodef Shalom, Oakland, Artist in Residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon, and is on the voice faculty at Washington & Jefferson College. Ms. Williams is an honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance. She resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband and two children.
Bruce Klimcheck, Bass Faculty Member
Bruce Klimcheck has been a member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for fifteen years. This is his third season as bass faculty member for the Jr. Mendelssohn Choir. He serves as the Bass Section Leader and quartet member in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir.
Klimcheck graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He starred in the role of Frankie for two years in Pittsburgh’s first production of Forever Plaid at Station Square Theater, and recently appeared in Marvin Hamlisch’s Music Man production at Heinz Hall, featuring Shirley Jones.
In his “day job,” Klimcheck is a Postmaster for the US Postal Service. He resides in Bethel Park with his wife Nancy.