Meet the Staff

charmian.jpgCharmian Bulley

Artistic Director
Music Makers Conductor

Charmian Simons Bulley received her BA in Music Education from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and her MS in Music Education from the University of Illinois. She is a certified Orff Schulwerk instructor, having studied with Jane Frazee, Arvida Steen, and Mary Goetze. Mrs. Bulley taught general music education in Champaign, IL, Unit 4 Schools for 34 years. She has also taught early childhood education classes at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and has presented workshops to educators in Central Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois American Choral Directors Association and served on their board as Children’s Chorus Chairperson. She has been on the CICC staff since 1985 and also serves as conductor of all choirs at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign, Illinois.

 

Andrea Solyasolya-small.jpg

Chamber Choir and Youth Chorale Conductor

Andrea Solya is on the music faculty of the University of Illinois, where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting. As a native of Hungary, Dr. Solya attended the Kodály Music School in Kecskemet and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education and choral conducting from The University of Szeged. She also holds a Master’s degree in choral conducting from The Ohio State University. She is a former conductor of the Columbus Children’s Choir. She teaches musicianship and conducting at the Kodály Institute at Capital University in Ohio each summer and serves as choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana, IL. Dr. Solya has conducted CICC choirs since 2006.

Ann Morrissette

Concert Choir Conductor

Ann Morrissette teaches music at Barkstall Elementary School in Champaign, IL. She received her teaching certification and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. Morrissette has performed in many musicals and operas with the Illinois Opera Theatre and Parkland College, as well as solo performances with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Morrissette is a former member of CICC and sang under its founder, Carolyn Paulin.

 

Bora Ryu

Accompanist 

Bora Ryu earned a bachelor in Musicology from Seoul National University, 
South Korea. After she came to the States, she received a master's degree in 
Music Education and a master’s degree in Church Music at Bob Jones 
University in South Carolina. She is now pursuing a doctorate in Piano 
Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig
where she was awarded an accompanying assistantship with a full-tuition 
waiverBeside her solo performances, she actively performs as a collaborative 
pianist and a choir accompanist.  

 

Audrey Vallance

Administrative Director

Audrey joined our CICC staff in August, 2016.  She has extensive experience in managing choral groups first as a high school choral director in Normal and then as one of the founders and chorus master of the Bangkok Opera and music director for Bangkok Community Theatre.  Audrey is a seasoned soloist, and her singing career has spanned over 30 years, singing many genres of music including opera, musical theatre and choral repertoire.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music (vocal performance), both from Illinois State University.  Audrey's older daughter was a member of CICC and now her younger daughter is in Concert Choir.