Our Artistic Director, Candice Crane, brings to the Skokie Concert Choir a wealth of vocal experience: as a singer, choir director and voice teacher.
Ms. Crane was a member of the Lyric Opera Chorus of Chicago with Chorus Master Donald Palumbo, and sang with the Chicago Symphony Chorus under Margaret Hillis. She held the position of soprano section leader at both First Congregational Church of Evanston and First Presbyterian Church of Evanston.
Currently, Ms. Crane also conducts the Oak & Grovers, a senior citizen choir in Evanston. Other former conducting positions include Director of the Chancel Choir and Crosswalk at First United Methodist Church of Palatine, Chancel Choir Director and Children’s Choir Director at Northbrook United Methodist Church, as well as Vocal Music Director at Adrian High School in her home state of Michigan.
Ms. Crane is well known at both Niles West and Niles North high schools in Skokie, having been a private voice teacher in the district for nearly 20 years. She has taught choirs at both high schools, brought in internationally recognized opera singers to give master classes, prepared a number of her voice students for District 7 IMEA auditions, and was chosen by Niles North’s Theatre Director, Timothy Ortmann to be the Vocal Director for the All-State production of A Chorus Line.
Ms. Crane received her B.M. in Vocal Music Education from the University of Michigan and her Certificate in Voice Performance from Northwestern University. A resident of Skokie for ten years, Ms. Crane has two children and is married to Conductor David Crane. The Cranes adores their pug dog, Jake, and consider him a member of the family. She loves sports, reading, attending sporting activities involving her children, gardening, and spending time outside.
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, our accompanist Adrian Metzger began studying piano at age four. He has studied under Mary Sauer, principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At Northeastern Illinois University, Mr. Metzger studied under the internationally known pianist, Inna Falks.
Mr. Metzger is active as a teacher, recitalist, accompanist for a variety of recitals and competitions, and as a church and chamber pianist. In addition, he has been the music director of community musicals.
Adrian Metzger is the First Place Winner of the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation, 2009 classical piano competition.
His recent CD, Adrian Metzger: Ravel & Prokofiev, features Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8.