About The Huntsville Master Chorale

Leadership

Patricia Ramirez Hacker, Artistic Director

Dr. Hacker was appointed as Artistic Director of the Huntsville Master Chorale in 2012. In 2010, she moved to Huntsville to serve as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church. Additionally she serves as Adjunct Professor of Voice at Oakwood University. Dr. Hacker has gained recognition not only as a conductor, but also as a clinician, adjudicator, vocal coach and singer.

 

With the Huntsville Master Chorale, as part of the new commissioned choral works series, she has conducted the world premieres of renowned composers such Michael John Trotta, Evelyn Pursley-Kopitske, Andrew Marshall, Hal H. Hopson, J.D. Frizzell, Emma Lou Diemer, Holland Hopson, Bryan Page, Susan Calvin Fletcher, Adriana Perera, and Dennis Clements among others.

 

In 2019, her choirs performed in Rome, Florence and at the St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. In 2017 HMC singers along with FPC Chancel Choir performed at the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. In 2015, the Huntsville Master Chorale, under Dr. Hacker’s direction, performed at the Alabama American Choral Director’s Association’s summer conference. As clinician she has worked with several Madison County choirs (Middle and High School) including Madison County Choral Festival and Huntsville All City School Choral Festival. Also, she has served as clinician and presented master classes at the National School of Music and Victoriano Lopez School of Music in her native country, Honduras.

Sharon Keffer, Accompanist

Rev. Sharon Keffer is in her twenty-first season as the accompanist for the Huntsville Master Chorale. As an ordained minister, she served as a worship pastor for over twenty-five years and is presently the Assistant District Superintendent for the Alabama North District Church of the Nazarene. Sharon also has undergraduate degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Secondary Education, but her career as an accompanist began in the eighth grade when she played for her middle school choir concert.

 

Sharon has accompanied school choirs in the area, including Mountain Gap Middle School, The Academy for Academics and Arts, Hazel Green High School, Buckhorn High School, Sparkman Ninth, Sparkman High School, and Randolph School. She has served as an accompanist for the Madison County Honor Choir Festival for over ten years. She has also been part of the pit orchestra for several musicals at Grissom and Huntsville High Schools and a summer musical with Huntsville Community Chorus Association. Her involvement in music has included working as an administrative assistant for a middle school band program and announcing for The Brass Band of Huntsville.

 

Sharon is married to Dr. Charles Keffer, a senior research scientist, and they have three married children. Though Sharon appreciates all opportunities to contribute to the community through music and ministry, being “Grammy” to her six grands is her most delightful calling.

2020-21 Board of Directors

  • Betty Augsburger, President
  • Rebecca Caine, Vice President/PR/Mosaic Chair
  • Karen Madison, Treasurer
  • Elaine Hamner, Secretary
  • Elsie Peterson/Rosemarie Juergenson, Librarians
  • Sherry Smith, Ex-Officio/Past President
  • Dr. Patricia Ramirez Hacker, Artistic Director
  • Terrie Pung, Member at Large/Development Chair
  • Jodie Clements, Member at Large/Mosaic
  • Donna Clark, Member at Large/Education
  • Linda McAllister, Member at Large/Chorale Liaison
  • Stacey Kelley, Member at Large/Fellowship