Meet our Board

Kris Springer-Director

I am the mother of four boys, have a fabulous supportive husband, and two step-children. I've been happily singing with Vocal Arts Ensemble for 20 years. Music keeps me sane and the Vocal Arts is a big extended family. Throughout the years I have served many positions on the board including, President, Vice- President, and Secretary. Singing and traveling on tour around the world are experiences that I will never forget. Music is the universal language. We meet so many fun and interesting people on tour and hosting other choirs in our International Music Festival. When I'm not singing I work as a teacher where I share my music with the children.

Leslie McKinley - President of the Board

I have been singing with the Vocal Arts Ensemble since 1991, and VAE is what feeds my soul…  As with many of the other musicians in the group, I feel that the final product that we bring to the public is just a small part of what we provide to each other, as each week we are there for support, group counseling, laughter, love, and sharing!  It is about the passion that we share and the sense of coming together to make something bigger than ourselves that keeps us coming back, and knowing that when we work together, we make magic happen.

 

In my day job, I am the development director for United Way of San Luis Obispo County.  There too, I am inspired by people coming together to bring community to those who need it, and for me, that is what is so important about San Luis Obispo.  My children were all born and raised here, we have lived here for 40 years and have loved being part of this place where people care about each other, take care of each other through difficult times, and rejoice in each other’s triumphs.

 

That is what makes Vocal Arts such a special part of my life and this community and I believe what comes through in our music.  As Gary says, when we put down our music and “sing from the heart”, our audience gets the very best of what we can give to them, our heart.  That is what makes VAE so special to me and why I love to be able to give the extra time to serve on the Board of Directors.

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