Meet our Musical Leaders
Artistic Director: Debbie Nordeen
. . . received her Music Education degree from Northern Illinois University. During her career she has directed & performed in professional musical theatre and has been a featured soloist performing in major cities across America and abroad. Debbie is a vocal coach and offers private voice lessons. She began as Director of Womansong in 1994, where she combines her theatrical flair with a compassionate heart and exceptional community building.
My heart is so full. Love does come in many forms, and one main form is music . . . you all are the instruments for the soul to express itself, through the magical, divine art of music and song. I feel so fortunate to be in this symphony of life together.
Assistant Director: Sarah Rubin
. . . joined Womansong in 2006. A lifelong fiddler & singer of American folk music, she has enriched Womansong’s repertoire with Appalachian songs and added a new instrumental flavor to our concerts. Her role as assistant director has stretched her in new directions, from transcribing & arranging music to teaching & directing songs. Sarah has a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a masters in urban & regional planning from Harvard University. “Mostly retired” from a career in public policy research and nonprofit management, she is happy to have more music in her life. She also performs with Honey Holler, an all-woman string band.
Assistant Director: Althea Gonzalez
Althea, third from left
. . . joined Womansong in 1999. A native of Miami, Althea earned a degree in Romance Languages from the University of Chicago where she also sang in the choir. She has always loved song and the spoken word as artistic expression; she plays piano and enjoys being a member of the creative & caring village of Womansong. A member of Toastmasters, Althea was honored as an outstanding woman at Asheville's 2007 Women's Expo. She works throughout North Carolina as an advocate focusing on issues faced by our African-American and Latino communities, and is the first recipient of the Hispanics In Philanthropy Star Award.
. . . joined Womansong in 2003 as a singer, and soon added her talents
on piano, flute, and hand percussion, becoming our official accompanist in
2011. Lyte earned her B.S. in Music Education (Voice) at University of
Connecticut, and has used her clear soprano for all kinds of music, from rock to Broadway, classical to jazz. She teaches voice and has served as Music Director at Unity Center since 1983. Lyte has composed over 350 songs, including "With Great Love" performed by Womansong and by the mass choir at the 2010 Sister Singers Network Festival.
Signer: Shiner Antiorio
Womansong's music sign language interpreter at our concerts. Shiner adds to our concerts with her very expressive signing. To watch her is like watching poetry in motion.