Staff and Board



Jonathan Miller Encore Choir Chicago Illinois

Jonathan Miller

(Evanston, Gold Coast, Hyde Park, Arlington Heights, and Hinsdale Encore Chorales)

Encore Illinois is directed by Jonathan Miller, who serves as Artistic Director & Conductor. For more than 30 years, Jonathan has made choral music engaging and fun for singers from amateur to professional. He is well known as the founder and artistic director of Chicago a cappella, the virtuoso professional ensemble that he founded in 1993 and continues to serve. For his work there, Jonathan is the recipient of Chorus America‘s Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. He enjoys bringing that same energy to Encore Illinois.

Jonathan is a singer, published and recorded composer and arranger, cantor, producer, and passionate spokesperson for the power of choral music. A leader in Jewish choral music, he is the host of “A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella,” broadcast nationally on the WFMT Fine Arts Network. He leads high-holiday services at Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Growing up in that same part of town, he was bitten hard by the choral bug during the ten years he sang with the Chicago Children’s Choir. Jonathan studied mathematics and music at the University of Chicago and holds the Ph.D. in historical musicology from UNC-Chapel Hill.  A former board member of Chorus America, he also serves as an enthusiastic auctioneer for charity events.


Linda Crabtree Powell

(Oak Park/River Forest Encore Chorale)

Linda Crabtree Powell has taught music in the Oak Park/River Forest area, where she began the BRAVO! Program at Brooks Middle School in Oak Park. Most recently she has been the choral director at Trinity High School in River Forest, where her choirs traveled and performed in Canada, Ireland, and Spain as well as receiving special invitations to sing at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her book, Compelling Choral Concerts, on the art of choral programming, was recently published by GIA Publications. Last season, the OPRF Encore Chorale gave additional programs including a performance at the 7th International Conference of Aging and Spirituality at Concordia University in June 2017.

Linda graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction and a Masters of Music in Piano from the American Conservatory of Music.  She has studied piano with Mark Wessel, Dimitri Pomperno and Mary Sauer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and received a teaching sabbatical in Cortona, Italy.

Mary Doughty Mauch

(Glen Ellyn Encore Chorale)

Mary Doughty Mauch earned a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has continued to study privately and in workshops with, among others, Simon Carrington, Doreen Rao, Dale Warland, Alice Parker, Lee Kesselman, and John Silantian.

As an active-duty Air Force spouse, Mary had the opportunity to teach, sing, and conduct throughout the United States and Europe. She has taught all levels of music, from primary, high school, and college to adult evening classes. Her conducting experiences include church and community choirs, a German community gospel choir and high-level performance groups in Las Vegas and Stuttgart, Germany. She founded and directed the Frankfurter Vocalisten, initiated to bring advanced American choral repertoire to high level German singers. She has sung in numerous professional choirs including the chamber or core groups of the St. Louis, San Antonio, and Virginia symphony choruses. Her soprano solo debut with a major orchestra was with the San Antonio Symphony and was followed by many solo opportunities, the favorites being in Las Vegas, Williamsburg, and several German cities.

Now settled permanently in the Chicago area, Mary works regularly with the Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus in addition to Encore, as well as teaching voice, piano, and conducting privately. In addition to her professional affiliations, Mary serves on the national board of directors for Chorus America.




Amy Wurtz

(Evanston, Hyde Park, and Gold Coast Chorales)

Amy composes, teaches and performs throughout Chicago and the Midwest. Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by Zeitgeist, Access Contemporary Music, the Chicago Composers Orchestra and others, and her first two string quartets were recorded and released on CD by the Chicago Q Ensemble in 2012. She is a board member of New Music Chicago and the Music Director at Hemenway United Methodist Church in Evanston.

Lisa Lord

(Oak Park/River Forest, Hinsdale, and Arlington Heights Encore Chorales)

Lisa is an accomplished pianist and accompanist with more than 20 years’ experience in church music and in accompanying singers and choirs from professional to elementary school. She currently serves as pianist/organist at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Burr Ridge and at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Lisle, and is accompanist for the Downers Grove Children’s Choir Level II ensemble.






In addition to the music staff listed above, the current board of directors consists of Sandy Siegel Miller (President), Geri H. Sztuk, Alice E. Dolan, Esq., Christine Murray, Nancy Vincent, and Birnie Harper.

Each Chorale also has a Chorus Master, a singer who assists as a volunteer with the on-site administration of his/her Encore Chorale. Current Chorus Masters are:

Hyde Park:  Joy Rosner                   Gold Coast:  Dotty Mayer

Oak Park/River Forest:  Barbara Hausman                   Glen Ellyn:  Jenna Eisenberg

Evanston:  Rosie Rees                     Arlington Heights: Maria Ressl

Hinsdale:  Jim Lavin


Encore Illinois is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

Thanks to everyone who makes Encore run; it takes all of us to create this remarkable community.