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Board of Directors

The Vocal Alchemy Board

Larry Derkach, President

Believing that singing is good for the soul and enriches our human experience, Larry became a member of the choir in 2014. Vocal Alchemy offered Larry a chance to re-join the world of choir after a long hiatus, and re-activate his love of singing.


Along with his baritone voice, Larry brings decades of insights and experience in running not-for-profit organizations to the VA Board. A range of knowledge from policy and practice, to board training, has helped Larry provide valuable guidance to the VA organization. Larry takes pride in Vocal Alchemy’s growth— in our collective musical competence, in our audiences, and in our sense of community.

Jean Anderson, Vice President

Jean joined Vocal Alchemy in 2005 as an Alto, stayed eight years, then took a break to focus on work, and then returned to our Soprano ll section in 2017. Jean was initially drawn to the choir by the quality of the direction, the repertoire, and the opportunity to be part of a group of like-minded people creating beautiful sound. She has stayed because of the innovative, challenging and rewarding experience VA has provided her.



Paul McElhone, Treasurer

Inspired by Vocal Alchemy’s 15th Anniversary concert, Paul was moved to join VA’s Baritone section in 2017. Being part of a diverse group of people who share musical talents with each other and the community, has been a magical and rewarding experience for Paul.


An expert in growing and managing business, Paul has held leadership positions in the private, public and educational sectors, as well as consulting nationally and internationally. To his work on the VA board, Paul brings a personal and professional focus on helping organizations become exemplary through best practices.


Heather Budney, Secretary

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Sheena Brandon Geier

With singing on hold through her university years, Sheena was excited to join VA in 2017 as a way to return to her choral roots. She even brought her husband with her! Jordan’s leadership and encouragement, the breadth of our repertoire, and the opportunity to sing with collaborating musicians have been cornerstones of the Vocal Alchemy experience for Sheena.


While Sheena is a first-time board member, she contributes immensely with her enthusiasm and fresh perspsective.

Elaine Kendal

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Anne Malena

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Michael Pilgrim

Vocal Alchemy‘s open rehearsal policy for prospective singers, and a central rehearsal location, were initial factors in Michael’s decision to give VA a try. But the music and the community were what helped him settle into his seat in the Bass section.


In addition to a magnificent beard and a quick wit, Michael brings expertise in data analysis, and a keen interest in finance to the Vocal Alchemy organization. He helps bring context and clarity to our numbers and our bottom line. His numerical skill and visualizations help VA better understand the past, and see the future, and are helpful tools for planning and prioritizing our season activities.


Vocal Alchemy’s priority of commissioning new music, is a source of inspiration and pride for Michael, who loves that VA is an instigator the choral community.  

Eliza Sorensen

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