Founded in May 2018, the Celebris Ensemble creates beautiful music predominantly in the Kalamazoo area. It is made up of hard-working and talented musicians who delight in bringing the joy of music to Michigan and beyond.
Founder and director Joel Snyder brings over a decade of experience in choral conducting, creativity, and entrepreneurship to the Celebris Ensemble. He loves working with choirs of all ages and skill levels, from young children to senior citizens, from untrained singers to professional singers. He is the former choral director at Vandalia Christian School in Greensboro, NC, and the Battle Creek Boychoir and Girls Chorus in Battle Creek, MI. He has toured with his choirs in the U.S., Canada, and Italy. He finished a M.M. in Conducting from Western Michigan University in 2017, and is currently directing choirs for West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts. A professional singer, adjudicator, and entrepreneur, Joel has performed and worked all over the globe. You can find him online at www.solfasounds.wordpress.com, Instagram at joel_creative, and Facebook.
Jane K (Evgeniya Kozhevnikova) is a composer, pianist, and educator. Her works have been performed at regional, national, and international level music events. She has been working as a composer and a musician in theatres, performing original music with her jazz band, and teaching piano. Jane composes in various styles and genres, from classical to jazz and tango, tastefully blending them. In 2020, she released a jazz-tango album Tango Avenue with her original works.
In 2019, Jane received a DownBeat Magazine Outstanding Performance award in the Latin jazz category with her original jazz-tango compositions. In 2019, she became one of the winners of the “Music Now” contest, a part of Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival. Jane became a runner-up at the University of North Carolina Greensboro Call for Scores and Competition. Her choral works were awarded the 1st Prize and a Special Prize at 2020 International Composers’ Competition Opus Ignotum (Czech Republic). Jane holds her master’s degree in Music Composition from Western Michigan University. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in Jazz Performance at WMU.