Artistic and Music Director Suzanne Mallare Acton

Known for her "supple, distinctive musical direction," conductor Suzanne Mallare Acton continues to earn respect and admiration for her performances in both the concert hall and the opera stage. From Handel’s “Messiah” to contemporary jazz, she is recognized for her versatility and dynamic style.

As long-term chorus master of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Ms. Acton has worked on over 150 productions in seven different languages with world-renowned artists Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Cleo Laine and many more.

In 1996, Ms. Acton was appointed artistic/music director of Rackham Choir. In her mission to promote choral music in the community that has social relevance, she has programmed and conducted many works including Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” with the premier of an original film “The Armed Boy” commissioned by Rackham Choir at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Acton has been recognized by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women. Under her leadership, Rackham Choir was awarded the prestigious 2008 Governor's Award for outstanding contributions to Arts and Culture in Michigan. She was recognized by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s 85 Most Powerful Woman. In 2014, she was selected as an honoree of WJR’s 2014 Class of Women Who Lead.

Accompanist and Music Coach Joseph Jackson

Joseph Jackson is the resident Accompanist of Rackham Choir. He also plays an integral role working with the students in the Internship Program.

He currently serves as the Organist/Music Associate of the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, accompanist for the Michigan Opera Theater Children's Chorus, is a Michigan Opera Theatre touring artist, and accompanist for the Berkley High School Choirs. His prior positions include Music Director at several historical churches including The First Presbyterian Church of Detroit and the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia.

Mr Jackson is a frequent recitalist and accompanist throughout the country. His broadcast credits include National Public Radio's The First Art and Pipedreams. His solo recording Philadelphia Gothic appears on the label DTR and his performance of the Howard Hansen Organ Concerto is available on the Naxos label.

Executive Board 2020-2021

  • Emily Eichenhorn
    RC Board President and Managing Board Member, Attorney
  • Anna Giammarco
    RC Board Vice-President, MBA, Small Business Advisor
  • Luz Corrigan
    RC Board Treasurer, Financial Consultant
  • Beth Adams
    RC Board Secretary, Marketing Manager
  • Lori Weatherwax
    RC Class A Chorus Representative, Skilled Trades Leader

Board Members 2020- 2021

  • Suzanne Mallare Acton
    RC Artistic and Music Director, Ex-Officio to the Board, Assistant Music Director and Chorus Master, Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Beth Adams
    RC Board Secretary, retired IT Sales Professional
  • Gregory Ashe
    Marketing Committee Chair, Senior Financial Aid Outreach Advisor, Oakland University
  • Victoria Bigelow, PhD
    RC Education Committee Chair, Evaluation Coordinator, University of Michigan
  • Simone Bonino
    VP Product Marketing, Altair Corp.
  • Luz Corrigan
    RC Board Treasurer, Financial Consultant, IAC Group
  • Emily Eichenhorn
    RC Board President and Managing Director, Attorney
  • Anna Giammarco
    RC Board Vice President and Development Chair, CEO Studio H2G
  • Ray Litt
    Retired electrician and business owner
  • Stephanie Miltimore
    Business owner
  • Patricia Minnick
    RC Choir Manager, Coordinator, Music Activities, Schoolcraft College
  • Lori Weatherwax
    RC Class A Chorus Rep., Ford Motor Co. Skilled Trades Leader
  • Harry Williams
    RC Class A Chorus Rep. (Alternate ), Disaster Recovery Service

Staff

  • Artistic and Music Director
    Suzanne Mallare Acton
  • Accompanist and Music Coach
    Joseph Jackson
  • Education Coordinator
    Victoria Bigelow, PhD
  • Administrator
    Kim Corbeil
  • Choir Manager
    Patricia Minnick
  • Marketing Consultant
    Carly Uhrig

The 2020 - 2021 Choir

  • Maureen Abele
  • Beth Adams
  • Charlie Arnett, section leader
  • Gregory Ashe, section leader
  • Fran Bachmann
  • Victoria Bigelow, section leader
  • Myriam Bobe
  • Kathy Boettcher
  • Michael Boettcher
  • Simone Bonino
  • Erica Brehmer
  • Laura Casai
  • Matthew Cochran
  • Lacey Cooper
  • Joan Crawford
  • Hannah Cressman
  • Zhicheng Cui
  • Beth Deuel
  • Joseph Dluzniewski
  • Michelle Drummond
  • Emily Eichenhorn
  • Sawyer Evans
  • Lauren Fisher
  • Corinne Foote
  • Jaeden Footitt, student member
  • Susan A. Fox
  • Yvonne Friday, section leader
  • Jeff Fritz
  • Drew Gale
  • Emily Gay
  • Anna Giammarco
  • Andrea Gibson
  • Avital Granot
  • Gary Hasley
  • Kimberly Henderson
  • Victoria Isabell
  • Richard Jackson
  • Chris Jones
  • Wendy Keebler
  • Andrea Koueiter
  • Jeff Krueger, section leader
  • Meli Laurance
  • Koby Levin
  • Scott Maggart
  • Anne Maters
  • Patricia Minnick
  • Jim Moore
  • Nancy Nelson
  • Deb Nero
  • Paolo Pacheco
  • Amy Parenteau
  • Jennifer Pasha
  • Steven P. Pejuan
  • Sarah Piper
  • Carys Rees-Baker
  • Laverne Schenk
  • Grace Schroeder
  • Alan Sebastian
  • Bill Steiner
  • Judith Szefi
  • Andrea Tawil
  • Ayana Thomas
  • Brett Thompson
  • David Twigg
  • Diana Turner
  • Linda Van Buren
  • Jack Walpuck
  • Grace Watson
  • Lori Weatherwax
  • Danielle Weitzman
  • Ashley Wester
  • Harry Williams, Jr.
  • Kim Witten
  • Will Yeats