Choral Directors

Denise Gilliland

Denise Gilliland is a former director of the Bach Chorale Children and Youth Choruses in Lafayette, IN and recently retired from thirty three years of teaching music in various locations. Denise currently serves as Artistic Director and director of the Concert Choir and the Joyful Songsters. The Joyful Songsters is offered for teens and adults with and without disabilities. Denise holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Butler University and is a certified Kodaly music educator. In 2011 she was recognized by the Indiana Music Education Association as “Most Outstanding Elementary Music Educator”.


Sharon Lehman

Sharon Lehman has worked as a choral director for CCHC since 2005 and is currently conducting CopperSound, our newest ensemble for students aged 13 to 18. She has also served as an interim director for the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. Sharon has a BA in Music Education from Bluffton University and has taught music in both public and private schools across the midwest. Sharon is currently finishing a master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Ball State University, where she has worked as a graduate assistant with all of the university’s choral ensembles.


Emily Goodwin Smith is delighted to be joining the Children’s Choir of Huntington County as assistant director and accompanist of Joyful Songsters. Emily has a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Michigan and is currently getting K-12 Music Education Certification from IPFW. She has sung operatic roles such as Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Meg in Little Women, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Nicklaus in Le Cont de Hoffman and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, to name a few. She sang for a season with the Detroit opera, as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony as well as toured internationally in Germany and France as a the alto Soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. This past holiday season Emily sang the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Huntington University chorus and orchestra. In April Emily will be singing the role of Principessa in Suor Angelica with the IPFW Opera. Emily teaches private harp, voice and piano lessons in her music studio, Studio 5003, as well as at the Huntington YMCA.