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Our Accompanists

Julie Schumacher, Accompanist-Concert Choir and Chorale

Julie is a recently retired German and English teacher. She currently accompanies the middle and high school choirs at Syracuse Public Schools. Her son, Alex, was one of the first members of the Lincoln Boys Choir after its revival. Julie has a love for a wide variety of music and she plays keyboard in the easy listening duo Those Two. Julie and her husband Jeff have twins, Alex and Amanda. In addition to music, she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and travel.

Micah Leary, Accompanist- Cantare

An active performer and collaborator, Micah Leary programs a variety of works featuring Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. He has performed the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Cairn Symphony orchestra. In 2019, Micah made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall playing Rachmaninoff’s Etude Tableau Op. 39, No. 6.  Receiving his BM in Piano Performance from Cairn University and his MM in Piano Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Micah held various positions around the Philadelphia region including graduate assistant as accompanist on multiple opera productions, accompanist and vocal coach for vocal studios, and private studio teacher for piano and for classes in music theory and history. Micah assisted the music program at Calvary Baptist Church in Elkins Park, PA for two years and worked as a piano teacher at the Grand School of Music for three years.  Micah is now enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is currently pursuing his DMA in Piano Performance under Dr. Paul Barnes. Micah has worked and continues to work with many nationally and internationally acclaimed teachers including Igor Resnianski, Kenneth Borrmann, Susan Star, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Paul Barnes, Eric Huebner, Bradford Gowen, Christopher Guzman, and Min Kwon.