Caroline Jobst Choral Scholarship Program

A Spirit of Giving Much of Trinity Episcopal’s musical programming is made possible through the support of the Caroline Jobst Foundation. Caroline Jobst was a lover of Music and the Arts in Toledo, and former member of Trinity. Through her legacy of giving, Trinity employs five, collegiate vocal performance majors to bolster and empower the thirty-five voice choir.

The Jobst Choral Scholars returned to worship 9/9! This outstanding group of five singers,  both bachelor’s and master’s vocal music degree holders, will assist in leading us in worship just as much as the rector and the music director.  They will be joined by our visiting instructor, Kimberly Buehler, who is the head of the voice faculty at Toledo School for the arts. Kim is an outstanding instructor and performer, comfortable in many genres including classical and jazz.

Kim Buehler has been performing and teaching voice in the Toledo area since 1986. She holds a Masters Degree in Voice from the University of Toledo, where she was teaching assistant to jazz legend Dr. Jon Hendricks. She took part in a unique degree program that was half jazz voice and half classical voice. While working with Dr. Hendricks, Kim was a soloist with his Vocalstra, and had the opportunity to perform with him at the Sorbonne, in Paris, as well as on the QEII where they were headliners on a jazz cruise. Kim comes from a long line of jazz musicians and singers, and was part of the voice faculty at UT for several years. She currently teaches voice at Toledo School for the Arts, and is also a Development Agent at TSA, a place about which she is very passionate. She has done many radio and television commercials in our area, including “I Love My Zoo” and “Toledo Just Look At Us Now”.  She has been married to her husband, Rich, for over 20 years and together they have a daughter, Emma, who is a freshman at Southview High School in Sylvania. Kim enjoys performing everything from jazz to classical music and is so excited to be a part of the Trinity family!
Grace Hirt is a soprano based out of Bowling Green Ohio. She studied voice performance with a minor in theatre at Bowling Green State University under the tutelage of tenor Christopher Scholl. While pursuing her degree at BGSU she was privileged to sing such roles as Rosalinda; Die Fledermaus, Belinda; Dido and Aeneas, Yum Yum; The Mikado, Barbarina;  Le Nozze Di Figaro, and Celia; Iolanthe.  In addition to her stage roles Grace sang as the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C. Grace appears regularly in the Toledo opera chorus and churches around the area. A lover of many styles of singing, Grace recently appeared as Woman 1 in Songs for a New World with PMT. She is thrilled to be working at Trinity where she can make a diverse array of music with such talented musicians in a wonderfully welcoming and warm environment.
David Breen spent early childhood in southern Illinois and moved to Ohio after second grade. He lived in Akron until leaving to attend Case Western for college and eventually transferring to Bowling Green State University. At BGSU, David studied with Doug Wayland for two months before he passed. He studied with Lance Ashmore for the rest of his time there. David has been singing barbershop for twelve years, competing in the barbershop international contests during this time. Currently he is actively singing in two barbershop quartets, two barbershop choruses, Clarence Smith’s community choir, Vocaledo, and the Lancaster Chorale.
Chelsie Cree is overjoyed to be a part of Trinity Episcopal Church! She is a recent graduate from the University of Toledo Masters in Music program. While at UT, Chelsie won first place in the Barbara Rondelli Superior Achievement in Classical Voice competition and was the first place overall winner at the N.A.T.S. Regional Competition in Toronto, Canada. She also traveled to Italy with the  International Young Artists Program, where she sang the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. You may also recognize Chelsie for her work with community theatre in the area- she was most recently featured as Rosie in  MAMMA MIA! this past summer at the Croswell Opera House. Before Trinity, Chelsie served as the soprano section leader at St Michael’s Episcopal Church in Ottawa Hills, and as an Assistant Director at First United Methodist Church in Ada, Ohio. Currently, Chelsie serves as an adjunct professor at Jackson College and Owens Community College, teaches voice students at Forte Music School in Toledo, and is the Office Manager for Masterworks Chorale.
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