Catherine Roma became one of the founding mothers of the women's choral movement, an international network of over 70 women's choruses, when she started Anna Crusis Women's Choir in her native Philadelphia in 1975. She began MUSE in 1984 after coming to Ohio to do graduate work at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 1989. Catherine is currently Professor of Music at Wilmington College. Through her association at Wilmington, Catherine founded and directs UMOJA Men?s Chorus at Warren Correctional Institution, in Lebanon, Ohio. She is Minister of Music at St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church in Cincinnati, and is co-founder and director of the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale. Recent honors include the Jane Schlissman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Music (1993), Race Relations Recognition Award (1999), the GALA Legacy Award (2000), the Maurice McCracken Award (2000), the Cincinnati Leading Woman Award, Arts/Entertainment category (2001), the Image Maker Award (2002), the Enduring Spirit Award (2003), the Community Service Award from the Council of Christian Communions (2004), and the Governor's Award for the Arts, in the category Community Development & Participation (2008). In January 2006, Roma's first book The Choral Music of Twentieth-Century Women Composers: Elisabeth Lutyens, Elizabeth Maconchy, and Thea Musgrave, was published by Scarecrow Press.|
Catherine retired from her Founding Artistic Director position with MUSE in 2013, after a triumphant 30th Season. She currently serves as the MUSE Clio Alumnae Network Chair.
Rachel Kramer, NCTM, holds Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Arts Degree in Music from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from The University of Michigan and is an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington College where she teaches piano classes and accompanies the College Chorale and College-Community Chorus. She is the President of Music Learning Center, Inc. in Cincinnati, and President and Co-Founder of Cincinnati Center for Adult Music Study, Inc. From 1990-1996, Kramer served as the Manager of Educational Programs for the Baldwin Piano & Organ Co.
She is the Associate Director of Music at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church and is Associate Director and Accompanist Emerita of MUSE – Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir. She is the Director of Member Development for MTNA where she has also held the positions of Assistant Executive Director, Director of Education and Member Liaison since joining the staff in 1998.
Rachel serves as immediate past-president and VP-Communications for the OMTA -Southwest District Music Teachers Association, serves on the Greater Cincinnati Area Coalition for Music and Wellness, served on the 2012 World Choir Games Music Advisory Committee and is the Co-District Liaison for the Heartland District of the UUMN.
Rachel is the 2009 Ohio Independent Music Teacher of the Year. She is a certified MTNA Specialist in Group Piano Teaching and Recreational Music Making and is co-creator of the piano program at Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio where she teaches. Rachel is also the accompanist for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition Chorale in Cincinnati.
Rachel has published many articles on various topics of teaching and piano pedagogy, has done workshops across the country, adjudicated and has taught group piano to students of all ages for over 25 years from colleges to country clubs to cruise lines!