denise Mathias Artistic director



Experienced and Friendly Leadership

Mark Mathias choirchimes director

of Greater Toledo

Denise holds a Bachelor's of Science in Music Education from Malone College (Canton, OH) and a Master's in Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).  She moved to Toledo in 2010 to accept the position of Music Director and Organist at the Monroe Street United Methodist Church.  Her past experience includes 7 years of directing the graded children's choirs at First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa, Iowa.  When in New Philadelphia, Ohio she co-founded and was conductor of the Greater Tuscarawas Children's Chorus.  Denise has taught music in the public schools, and in her private studio to all ages.  She is a member of ACDA, AGO, and Choristers Guild.
Karen's experience accompanying a choir began at Burnham Junior High as a student under the direction of Louis Davis.  After graduation from Sylvania H. S., Karen earned a Bachelors and Masters of Music Education from the University of Toledo.  Karen's experience includes 38 years as choir director at Asbury UMC and as a music teacher in the Toledo public schools.  She retired in 2011 from the position of Choral Director at Roy C. Start High School where she directed three choirs and directed many musical productions including "Annie" and "Bye, Bye, Birdie".  She still continues her musical pursuits. 

About us

Mark is the Director of Music Ministries / Organist at Toledo's Christ Presbyterian Church, where he directs the Adult, Children's and Handbell Choirs.  He has also served in similar positions in other churches in the Midwest and Southeast, and is a former choral and instrumental music educator. He has a wealth of experience directing and developing children's and youth handbell/handchime choirs and vocal choirs.  He has also organized and directed various musical activities, including handchimes and drumming, for children's music camps.  Mark holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Malone College (Canton, OH) and a Master's degree in Church Music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).

Young Voices of Greater Toledo is a community children's chorus for singers who have unchanged treble voices and are in third grade (age 8) through eight grade. 

Our focus is to nurture the young voice, using music and techniques that are particularly appealing to the young singer.  We work for healthy and independent singing, with a goal of developing part singing. Music reading is an essential part of the learning process, and is developed in both the choral and handchime rehearsal.