Dr. Michael G. Martin, Director of Choral Activities
As former assistant conductor and accompanist of The Ohio State University Men’s Glee Club, Dr. Martin’s passion continued to grow deeper and resulted in the development of numerous choral groups within the educational and community environment. After writing his first major work at the age of 17, Martin pursued a college career at The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor, Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in education and choral music. He has studied with Robert Ward, Russel Mikkelson, Marshall Haddock, James Gallagher, Hilary Apfelstadt and Maurice Casey.
While at Ohio State, Martin had the opportunity to study with and served as accompanist for the late Robert Shaw, as well as an invitation to study at the Robert Shaw Choral Festival Chorus in France in 1994. He has also performed and conducted major concerts throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, and France and performed on the BBC network. Martin has conducted the Hilliard Darby Symphonic Choir on tours of England and the United States, which included performances at St. Paul’s Cathedral and at Carnegie Hall, New York for a performance of Durufle’s Requiem in 2006. Most recently the choir was invited by Dr. Craig Jessop to sing at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. for the National High School Memorial Day Choral Festival in 2011.
Symphonic Choir was recently invited to perform for the Central Division American Choral Directors Association Convention in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in the spring of 2012. The choral groups at Hilliard Darby have consistently received superior ratings at district and state level OMEA events and have been ranked as one of the finest choral programs in the country.
In addition, Martin performed and conducted his own arrangements for men’s voices with the OSU Men’s Glee Club of such notable works as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns, two of many arrangements included on the groups recordings. His compositions are published with Alliance Music, Houston, Texas, Lawson Gould and he is also a writer and arranger for Alfred Publications, Miami, Florida.
He has prepared choirs for notable conductors such as Dr. Eph Ely, Dr. Rene Clausen, Dr. Craig Jessop, Dr. Donald Neuen and composer/conductor Eric Whitacre.
Martin’s career has spanned many facets, both in and out of the classroom. As a graduate teaching assistant and visiting professor at The Ohio State University, Martin served as conductor of University Chorus, Symphonic Choir, Chorale and Men’s Glee, as well as instructor for undergraduate vocal pedagogy courses and conducting classes. Martin’s civic responsibility has involved his creativity in arranging and conducting choirs and dramatic presentations for citywide celebrations, televised broadcasts and weekly worship services with the community.
He currently serves as Director of Music for New Albany Methodist Church and is called upon as clinician and commissioned composer for various honor choirs and festivals throughout the Great Lakes region.
Mrs. Hannah Sterman-Wilson, Assistant Director of Choral Activities
Mrs. Sterman is the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Hilliard Darby High School. She graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's of Music Education and Theatre Minor. While at OSU, she received numerous music and leadership scholarships and awards. She held officer positions in various organizations, including The OSU chapter of the American Choral Director's Association, The OSU Women's Glee Club, and the Undergraduate Music Council. Mrs. Sterman is the conductor of the Darby Women's Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Women in White, and she is the assistant conductor for Symphonic Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir. In addition, she teaches general music at Heritage Middle School, assists with various Heritage choirs, and music directs the Darby musical.
Mrs. Sterman’s choirs have toured throughout Ohio and have received superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association Contest. In addition, they have participated in various collegiate workshops and collaborative concerts, and they have worked with notable conductors such as Dr. Craig Jessop and Dr. Kristina MacMullen. They have also toured throughout Ireland, including a performance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
As a singer, Mrs. Sterman has performed around the country, starting with her professional musical theatre debut when she was eight years old. She toured throughout Europe, singing in England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Italy, including venues such as St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. She has also performed with notable musicians such as Andrea Bocelli, Heather Headley, and John Legend. Outside of school, she sings in Una Voce (The Michael Martin Chorale) and choreographs for events around the community. Previously, Mrs. Sterman taught middle school and high school choir in the Springfield City School District, where she also choreographed the musical.
This summer Mrs. Sterman will start earning her Master of Music Education degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She will complete the program over the next three summers while continuing to teach at Hilliard City Schools.
Ms. Casey L. Cook
Casey L. Cook began piano study at the age of four and was accompanying by age ten. Two of her most influential teachers were Mary Craig Powell, who nurtured her musical growth for fifteen years and Dr. Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music.
An accompanist for over 25 years, Ms. Cook has been honored to accompany national and regional honor choirs for the American Choral Directors Association, the Ohio Music Educators Association and the Ohio Choral Directors Association.
Currently Ms. Cook serves as principal accompanist for all four choral ensembles at The Ohio State University School of Music. In addition to her academic appointment Cook has, since 2000, served as pianist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In 2011 she joined the CSO as an Associate Member of the orchestra. Cook is also the pianist for Suzuki Music Columbus.
When not on the piano bench, you can find Ms. Cook on the golf course, chasing birdies.
Ms. Sarah Chang
Sarah Chang received a Bachelor’s in Music Education at The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Music Education with Kodaly certification at Capital University. Additionally, she is certified in two levels of Orff Schulwerk and completed training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Miss Chang teaches music for Hilliard City Schools and accompanies choirs in the district. She is a pianist at Hilliard Presbyterian Church and Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, and has been the piano accompanist for the Columbus Children’s Choir, numerous ensembles at The Ohio State University School of Music, as well as many other musical groups in Ohio.